Since returning from the Peace Corps late last fall I’ve been applying to a number of health graduate programs, internships and fellowships. Until I was able to commit myself 100% to anything I’ve been working as an interpreter for regional attorneys, an elementary school teacher aid and even as a piano player on evenings.
Today however marks my first day that I commit myself fully to the position as a SBIRT Health Educator for the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut, Inc. . My new position would entail me engaging with patients at Southwest Health Center in Bridgeport in order to assess their conditions and thereby referring them to the proper treatment. And while I am not in the best position right now to discuss my duties with much clarity, I do know that I am very much looking forward to the 75+ hours of instructive training on account that I have a lot yet to learn about the vital role of health centers in our society and about how to properly go about my new responsibilities.
My work in Ecuador through the Peace Corps has directly prepared me for this position. As a health volunteer I’ve always had been given the challenge of motivating community members to participate in their local subcentro de salud and make it a stronger program for everybody. I haven’t always been successful, but it is when I failed that I learned the most about how to work with people and make everybody work towards a common cause.
As my new career unfolds, I would be blogging about exciting initiatives from CHCACT, about my very own challenges and insights, and about how what I learned at Lynn University prepared me for such a new venture.