CHPT seemed like a natural next step after this work. In training physicians, I believe we are helping to prevent patients from scrambling from agencies for help with basic needs. Knowledgeable doctors will recognize these issues earlier on and enlist the help of community members and other clinic staff to support and help the patient. I believe these kinds of training programs are essential, and I am glad that I was able to help out with the pediatric resident training program this past year.
I focused on learning about non-profits working on food access since I worked on the residents' nutrition week. I enjoyed meeting and working with organizations like California Food Literacy Center and Sacramento Food Bank. They are using innovative solutions to both provide food and empower people to find more nutritious options. Thank you to all of the organizations I worked with and who welcomed me into this community.
One of the most rewarding experiences of this year has been to start the resource desk at WellSpace clinic. Not only did I help to train physicians, but I was also able to train college students to provide case-management services in the Oak Park neighborhood. It was challenging to start this project, but I appreciated all of the support and enthusiasm that everyone expressed. It was also fun to work with college students, who are quick to learn and very passionate about their work. I look forward to hearing about how this volunteer program will grow.
At the end of July, I will be leaving California to move to New York. In the fall, I will be attending Columbia University to receive my masters in public health. While I am very excited to go back to school, I will definitely miss California. I hope to return once I finish graduate school.
Thank you again to everyone who I've met this past year. It was a rewarding experience to learn about the Sacramento neighborhood, and I am inspired to continue my work in public health!