Coordinator of the Month: Frances Adams
Name: Frances Adams
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
College Attended / Major: Davidson/ Latin American Studies
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: Hueneme High School/ CA/ Oxnard
Fun Fact: I have an extra bone in each foot!
HC: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
FA: A fellow Davidson alumna, Alice Curchin, was working as a HealthCorps coordinator last year and the year before. I knew Alice because she was also considering becoming a Physcian’s Assistant. After I shamelessly stalked her, everything she was doing was exactly what I wanted to do post-grad, so I applied!
HC: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
FA: I held an event at my school in which fifth graders from a local elementary school came to the high school to learn about the amount of sugar in their favorite drinks. Seniors who had learned the lesson earlier in the semester led the entire lesson and integrated fun, team-building activities to make it engaging for the younger students. It was great to see the seniors take on a leadership position and to see how much the elementary students looked up to the high school students. I felt like a proud mama!
HC: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities in which you are involved?
FA: I love hiking and being outdoors, so I try to get out and hike whenever I can. Since I moved somewhere entirely new, I’ve also joined a couple adult sports leagues to stay active and meet new people in Oxnard. I also love learning about different cultures, so I try to travel whenever I can, whether it’s going into LA to check out a new museum or traveling to a new country.
HC: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
FA: After I finish my two years with HealthCorps, I’m planning on getting a dual Physician’s Assistant degree and a Master in Public Health degree. My dream is to work as a clinician in a Public Health Clinic that serves a predominantly migrant population. Since starting my position, I have become more and more interested in pursuing a career in Public Health, so I’m trying to keep my mind and options open to other ideas.
HC: What is one thing you have learned from your placement that you will be able to carry with you as you move forward in life?
FA: I have learned a lot about who I am both as an employee and as a person. The biggest thing I’ve learned is how important a sense of community is to me. Even though I moved somewhere completely new, I’ve gotten the most joy out of developing new relationships within my school and my community at large.
We want to thank Frances Adams for her exceptional work and congratulate her for being this month’s coordinator of the month.
Frances Adams welcomes fifth graders to her school for the Hueneme YES Academy event