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.
Alumnus: William West
Service Term: 2013-2014
Host Site: Hubbard House, Inc.
William had growing doubts about a career as a doctor when he joined the National Health Corps Florida program to do something meaningful during his gap year between undergrad and medical school. His year of service immersed him in public health, and through serving with survivors of domestic violence and their children, he developed a passion for violence prevention and social change.
“I had so much anxiety about potentially giving up medicine, but my program director, fellow members, and mentor helped me realize and process that public health was my true career path,” William said.
After his term of service, Hubbard House hired him as the first male direct service and children’s services advocate. He’s moved on since then to Atlanta, Georgia, where he is in his last semester of graduate school at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. His concentration is on behavioral science and health education with a certification in injury and violence prevention. He works as a research assistant on HIV-related studies at Emory’s School of Medicine and as a teaching assistant for the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education at the school as well.