Coordinator of the Month: Estefany Gomez | July 2018
Name: Estefany Gomez
Hometown: Pomona, California
College Attended / Major: California State University San Bernardino / Social Work
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: Big Bear High School in Big Bear, California
Fun Fact: I was born in Medellin, Colombia and have 20 brothers and sisters.
Question #1: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
I was looking for an organization that focused on health promotion and education. I was also looking for something similar to the work. I was doing as a peer health educator for college students in Cal State San Bernardino. I researched HealthCorps and learned about all the different programming they were doing for the youth. Everything from cooking classes, to health education, and mentoring. I knew this would be an incredible opportunity to make an impact, so I applied for the position.
Question #2: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
There are so many things I could talk about, but one of the biggest highlights has been the health fair I organized for my school. This was the first-time students and community members came together to bring health education and awareness to our community. It was a full day of learning about nutrition, fitness and mental resilience. The feedback from students and staff members was incredible. Having the privilege to organize this event for my community was life changing and giving them tools to improve their quality of life was very rewarding.
Question #3: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
I love to photograph people, document my travel adventures and tell stories of the human experience with my images. I also enjoy volunteering, giving back to my community and spending time with family and friends.
Question #4: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
My plan is to live in Africa, volunteer and work with different non-profit organizations that promote health, wellness and education. With my social work background, I also plan to focus on community development and sustainably. In the future I plan to obtain a Master’s in Public Health degree and continue my work abroad.
Question #5: 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?
To always try your best and be passionate about what you are doing. Remember you can truly make a big impact and change lives. I also learned that dedication, hard work and consistency always pay off. During the year I had several students tell me all the positive changes they were making in their life, from eating healthier to exercising more and feeling better about themselves. This has inspired me to continue working on my mission of service, change and empowerment to strengthen communities by promoting health and wellness.