AmeriCorps members getting things done through the years: Anneke Demmink

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: Anneke Demmink
Service Term: 2012-2013
Host Site: Maternal and Child Health Division of Florida Department of Health Duval County

Before joining the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program, Anneke was unsure whether she wanted to pursue a career heavily focused on social work or public health. The program allowed her to gain public health skills while contributing to the underserved communities in Jacksonville, but it became clear to her within two months that she wanted to continue in the public health field both academically and career-wise.

AmeriCorps instilled in me a deep respect for the communities in which public health work is conducted.” Anneke said. “Public health policies, services, interventions and educational programs will not succeed if the communities for which they are intended are not directly involved in the planning, development and execution of such initiatives. Positive changes happen at the community level, and AmeriCorps helped open my eyes to the importance of mindful community. “

Anneke credits the experience she had in NHC Florida for where she is professionally. The firsthand experience in the field helped her handle the stress of completing her Master of Public Health program at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, where she conducted a needs assessment for sex workers in Cape Town, South Africa in partnership with the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce. Results from the assessment improved current and future mental health programming and services offered to sex workers. After completing the graduate program, Anneke moved to Boston to work for the Boston University School of Public Health as an Education Evaluation Manager. She manages the development, coordination, implementation and analysis of evaluation efforts conducted at the school. She has a passion for civic engagement and hiking, as well as public health.