Alumni Highlights: Cameron Kinslow
Cameron Kinslow served at San Bernardino High School, San Bernardino, California, from 2011-2013. He graduated in 2011 from Pitzer College with a B.A. in Organizational Studies, concentrating in Health Care Systems. Cameron is currently studying for his MBA in International Development & Service at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and is projected to graduate in 2017.
What did you do after HealthCorps? What are you doing now because of HealthCorps? What do you plan to do in the future?
After HealthCorps I was a program manager with Peer Health Exchange for two years. I managed 10 high school partnerships to deliver health workshops in over 50 classrooms weekly. After working domestically in health education for five years, I challenged myself by asking where I could be most useful. I sought to expand my skill set while exploring applications for my knowledge internationally.
I’m currently attending a graduate program that allows me to study in three different countries (Italy, Thailand and the U.S.) while participating in volunteer service within immigrant communities. I’m looking forward to contributing to the operations of a global non-profit in the future.
What was the greatest lesson you learned about creating change in health and wellness in your time with HealthCorps?
“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 the people most committed to its success. Once I understood the existing needs and resources at my school I was best advantaged to deliver a program that students, staff, and families not only benefited from, but also felt shared ownership over.
What was your favorite moment or memory with a student, staff or community member during your time as a HealthCorps Coordinator?
Graduation day at my school was the greatest memory for me as a coordinator. As the graduates flowed into their seats I could cheer on so 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 the first obstacle to a prosperous life made all our efforts worthwhile. With huge smiles across their hopeful faces I knew together we achieved HealthCorps’ goal of investing in the student body.
How are you currently taking what you learned from HealthCorps and using it in your professional life now?
Students and staff frequented my office as a coordinator not only for the snacks and services HealthCorps offered but also for a touch of familiarity in their community. Recognizing this importance of establishing routines has been essential in collaborating with others for shared missions. This means I show up and play my role facilitating the goals of those I serve as a consistent source of support.
Do you have any additional reflections to share about how your time as a Coordinator has influenced you?
As a health educator, the process is the result you witness and the benefits are revealed later in life.