Alumni Spotlight: Cameron Kinslow
HealthCorps is happy to have Cameron Kinslow as our first Alumni Spotlight!
HealthCorps: What years were you a HealthCorps Coordinator? What was your school placement and city?
Cameron Kinslow: I was a Coordinator from 2011 to 2013 at San Bernardino High School at San Bernardino, California.
HC: What are you currently studying, have studied, and/or job do you currently hold?
CK: I’m currently a NYC Peer Health Exchange Program Manager. In 2011, I obtained a B.A. in Organizational Studies concentrating in Health Care Systems from Pitzer College.
HC: What was the greatest lesson you learned about creating change in health and wellness in your time with HealthCorps?
CK: “Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand.”
When working in a school community, you must first engage with the people most invested in its success. When I understood the existing needs and resources at my school, I was better able to deliver a program that the students, staff, and families not only benefited from but also felt shared ownership over.
HC: How are you currently taking what you learned from HealthCorps and using it in your professional life now?
CK: At Peer Health Exchange, I manage 10 high school partnerships to deliver health workshops in over 50 classrooms weekly. While working with administrators and educators at my HealthCorps school, the experiential knowledge I gained improved my relationship building skills in one of the most dynamic public school systems in the nation. I know that by respecting their time and connecting to the passion for their work, our combined efforts can motivate communities of young change makers.
HC: What was your favorite moment or memory with a student, staff, or community member during your time as a HealthCorps Coordinator?
CK: Graduation day at my school was the greatest memory for me as a Coordinator. As the graduates flowed into their seats, I could call to mind many by name.
All the time and energy we invested in their health during workshops or organizing health fairs was actualized in their proud strides towards promising futures. This wholehearted connection to the students as they celebrated achieving their first milestone towards a prosperous life made all of our efforts worthwhile. With huge smiles across their hopeful faces, I knew that together we achieved HealthCorps’ goal of investing in the student body.Reblogged 3 years ago from healthcorps.tumblr.com