Coordinator of the Month: Shelby Gibson | February 2019
Name: Shelby Gibson
Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona
College Attended / Major: Brigham Young University/Public Health with an Emphasis in Health Promotion
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: Latta High School in Ada, Oklahoma
Fun Fact: I have been to 11 countries outside of the United States.
Question #1: What led you to HealthCorps?
I wanted to put my public health degree to use doing something that helped transform and change lives on an individual level. This aligned with HealthCorps mission and the role a coordinator plays within their school.
Question #2: What has been the best part about your placement so far?
I love having the opportunity to work one-on-one with individuals and having the ability to see the small changes to an individual’s lifestyles impacting their lives as a whole. I have had the opportunity to work with many different organizations within my school and community as a coordinator and helped each of these organizations meet their different goals.
Question #3: What are some activities that you are involved with outside of the classroom?
I have recently gotten into cooking, baking and meal prepping. I also enjoy reading motivational books, exercising and volunteer work within my community.
Question #4: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
I plan to continue on in the public health sector in some capacity. I want to continue to make an impact and pursue community health.
I’ve seen first hand the impact that can be made when the correct tools, knowledge and connections are made available to a community.
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 learned about the challenges of moving to a new city and state. This move has allowed me to become a part of a new community and to make friends that are from different age groups, backgrounds, and have different experiences from my own. These relationships I have developed will be long lasting and impact me in the years to come. I have learned to navigate and appreciate my new community, building foundations for a long lasting health program within my school. All of these skills will help me to continue to go new places and be successful.