AmeriCorps Week, a celebration of all things AmeriCorps is March 11-17. Each day, we’re highlighting the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps alumni that have served at various public health-focused nonprofits and government organizations across Northeast Florida since 2004.
The Coalition has supported NHC Florida since its inception and has handled the administrative and fiscal responsibilities of the program since August 2013. NHC Florida alumni continue to successfully grow out of a year of service into careers that both meet their professional goals and personally give back to the community.
Alumna: Sara (Heaps) Eugene
Service Terms and Host Sites:
- 2007-2008: University of Florida/Duval County Extension Office and the Jacksonville Children’s Commission (now Kids Hope Alliance)
- 2008-2009: Florida Department of Health Baker County
Sara graduated college with a desire to use her background in nutrition in a public health setting for the community – and get away from Minnesota winters for a little while. She served for two terms with the National Health Corps Florida program, which were both eye openers to how public health needs to be holistic, compassionate and comprehensive.
Her service with AmeriCorps laid the foundation for her career in federal food programs and child hunger. “I can say with confidence that my experience with National Health Corps Florida is one of the main reasons I am in my current role today,” Sara said. She worked at the Jacksonville Children’s Commission (now Kids Hope Alliance) in the nutrition department before returning to Minnesota, where she joined the Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary and Wellness Services as a dietetic specialist. and then led the district’s at-risk after-school food program, which grew from five sites to over 70. Now she works as a program development and compliance supervisor, in charge of finding ways for youth to have access to quality food and overseeing the programmatic plans of all federal and state funded meals.