Coordinator of the Month: Cailee Cox | January 2019
Name: Cailee Cox
Hometown: Menifee, CA
College Attended / Major: Azusa Pacific University – Bachelor of Science, Applied Health | The George Washington University – Master of Public Health
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino, CA
Question #1: What led you to HealthCorps?
I found the HealthCorps Program Coordinator position while searching for a new path that would tie together all of my passions and education. I had been working with teens and high-risk populations in a social services capacity for some time, but wanted to incorporate my health background. When I found this opening, I applied right away because it sounded like everything I could dream of in a job. I am able to work with high-needs populations, be a mentor, promote health and well being, all while empowering people to make positive changes in their lives. It is truly a privilege and an honor to do this work!
Question #2: What has been the best part about your placement so far?
The best part about my placement is seeing the impact the program is having on staff and students. I hear a lot of positive feedback about the program and the ways it has affected the school. To know that someone is happier, healthier, more confident, etc., because of the tools and skills they have obtained through HealthCorps is a truly rewarding experience.
Question #3: What are some activities that you are involved with outside of the classroom?
Outside of the classroom, I am typically doing something active. During the week, I am usually boxing, playing basketball, or lifting weights. On the weekends I like to hike, go to the beach, or find a new coffee shop. On cold days you can find me reading a book, or watching something that makes me laugh. I also love to spend time with my nieces and volunteering.
Question #4: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
I am currently completing my Master of Public Health, so I hope to continue working in the same field. I will be applying for Health Education positions at the University and County level! I would really like to continue working in high-risk populations. My priority in life is to help and serve others.
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?
I have gained many skills through this position, but what I appreciate the most is that I had the opportunity to see how large a difference can be made through kind, simple gestures. I have learned that if you are positive, encouraging, and consistent, you will see changes in people that you may not have thought possible. Being a supportive presence invites people to open up and try new things. This position has allowed me to hone my people skills, which will be of great use in the realm of Health Education.