From the Corps: Humbled and Inspired
by Daniel Isinhue
First Year Coordinator
Cristo Rey High School, Atlanta, GA
A few of years ago, I heard about a great company called HealthCorps from a former Coordinator named Alvin Chan. Chan was the Coordinator in the Living Lab program high school in Newark, NJ, who later went on to medical school at the University of California, Irvine. I always kept HealthCorps in the back of my mind as something that I could possibly do right after college.
After college and after a year into graduate school, I felt like I needed a change. I was looking to be a part of something that could make a real impact in the lives of others, and something that aligned with my own values. I felt this was important to do before embarking on the path to medical school. I recalled Chan, and HealthCorps.
I had no idea what to expect when I applied for HealthCorps. My understanding of HealthCorps was limited, but I knew that its goals aligned with my own personal values. It was such a unique opportunity that it was the only job I really wanted. After a few interviews, I received an offer to be a Coordinator in Atlanta, GA.
At training, I was blown away by each and every single person in HealthCorps from Michelle Bouchard, the supervisors to every coordinator that was chosen with me.
I have never been surrounded by a more positive and warm welcoming group of people.
Little did I know that, this was only the beginning of what would shape my world.
My first mock classroom facilitation with Coordinator Joshua Moore, blew me away. It was absolutely a rollercoaster of emotions that I never would have anticipated during my time at HealthCorps, let alone during my first weeks of training. I expected the group of students from Upland High School in California that joined us during our summer training sessions to be done and over with summer school, and indifferent about hearing from a few first time coordinators coaching them on how to challenge themselves.
I could not be more wrong about the students.
They were extremely respectful and ready to learn. And in the end, we were the ones that were challenged by them. Two incredibly strong students have faced more challenges than most 14-year-olds ever should. One of the students had dealt with a recent death, and the other, separation from his mother.
I could not believe that any student would be willing to share their experience in front of so many strangers, but these students did. The students were exceptionally open with their stories, it was humbling.
I know that not all of my students will be like those two students, and not everyday will their personal stories blow me away, but now, I will always have this story to remember how much HealthCorps can make a difference in just one person’s life if given the opportunity to share.