Coordinator of the Month: Latisha Williams
Name: Latisha Williams, MPH, CHES
Hometown: Wilson, NC
College Attended / Major:
East Carolina University, BS Health Education and Promotion
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MPH
HealthCorps School Placement: Garinger High School, Charlotte, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I love to be in the driver seat! I have driven many different types of vehicles and I would love to get my CDLs so that I can drive a bus.
Jeffrey Hartinger: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
Latisha Williams: After graduating from my Masters program I searched for an organization or company to that would allow me to utilize my skills and experiences to make a difference in the field of Public Health. For some reason I kept hitting a dead end. My parents kept telling me that in due time God will put me where I needed to be. Then a great Pastor had a colleague who told him about HealthCorps and he knew what I was looking for and passed the information along to me.
After applying and receiving a position with HealthCorps, I knew this is where I was supposed to be! Thanks Pastor Simms!
JH: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
LW: The highlight of my placement has been the connections that I have made; first and foremost, with the students. One a daily basis, students come by my office and gives their testimonies of how they have started making healthier choices because of a lesson that I facilitated in their classroom or a Café O Yea that was implemented in the lunchroom.
I am now known as “The Health Lady” and I embrace my title. I enjoy having students look to me for guidance on their health journey whether big or small.
JH: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
LW: HealthCorps has offered a great deal of opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. The first is the coordinator advisory committee which I volunteered to be a member of to assist with the growth of the organization. In addition, this summer, I took part in leading the new Corps members as a Summer Institute Advisor. It was a very rewarding experience having the opportunity to develop some of my own professional skills while training new corps members to be leaders in their schools.
JH: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
LH: After my service with HealthCorps is complete, I plan to go back to school to receive a degree as a Spanish language interpreter. As a health educator, I would like to continue working with youth on health and well being and be able to reach the masses.
JH: 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?
LW: Success is not measured by running the biggest event or facilitating a flawless lesson, it is measured by the number of people you touch. If I teach one, I feel like I have taught 100. Moving forward in life I know not to get hung up on perfection, but to try my best and continue to grow.
In addition, I am driven by people.
We want to thank Latisha Williams for her exceptional work and congratulate her for being this month’s coordinator of the month.