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: Samantha Kwiatkowski
Service Term: 2012-2013
Host Site: University of Florida Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education & Service (UF CARES)
Samantha was at a crossroads when she graduated with her Master of Public Health in 2012 from Montclair State University, where she was working as a graduate assistant researching sexual health education. She wanted to do something out of the ordinary and improve the lives of others.
After hearing from a friend about AmeriCorps and then doing her own research, she stumbled upon information about National Health Corps Florida. Joining the program provided Samantha with the opportunity to have “real-world” experiences in public health, move to a different part of the country and put her master’s degree to good use. When her service term was finished, she was hired by the Florida Department of Health and started working towards a doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of North Florida. She worked for four years for the state as an HIV health educator before she took a job at CAN Community Health as a HIV prevention manager for North Florida. She is now working on her dissertation for her doctorate.