Current Members


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Eduardo Castro | Medical Legal Partnership Coordinator

Originally from Elkhorn, WI
Bowdoin College in Maine |History and Government & Legal Studies.

Why did you become an Americorps Member?

I became an Americorps member because I knew I wanted to do some type of service work, but wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with my career. Americorps offered the perfect opportunity to engage in meaningful work while also exploring my career interests.

Why did you chose Sixteenth Street?

I had completed an internship here at SSCHC between my sophomore and junior year of college. I loved the people I worked with and loved working with our patients. I had applied to some other Americorps programs in Chicago, but the opportunity to come back to such special place was the ultimate deciding factor.

What’s something you love about Milwaukee?

Milwaukee is the best place to be a recent college grad. It has the big city feel, but everything is very accessible and most importantly, affordable. From the Art Museum to the Bucks and the Brewers to the Lake Michigan, there is always something to do. And I would be lying if I didn’t say the brewery scene is incredible. Cheap, delicious beer? Yes please.

Briefly describe a great experience you’ve had thus far.

I’ve had two wonderful experiences. The first was helping to organize the Fifth Annual Southside Bicycle Day. It was an incredible amount of work, but people able to give out over two hundred bicycles to people and inspire 800 community participants to be fired up about bicycling and physical activity was immensely rewarding. My second great experience has been working on the development of SSCHC’s medical-legal partnership. The opportunity to contribute an exciting project that can help our providers, staff and patients has been a dream come true.

What are your plans for after?

I will be hopefully attending law school to pursue a career as a civil legal aid attorney and continue to work with the Medical-Legal Partnership model.

Name something interesting or fun about yourself .

Fun fact: My great-great-great-great-great grandfather was the oldest living Revolutionary War veteran in Wisconsin.


 

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Steven Hesse | Environmental Health

Originally from North Prarie, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison | Bachelor of Science, Pharmacology & Toxicology; Certificate in Global Health

Why did you become an Americorps Member?

I wanted to gain professional experience before going to medical school.

Why did you chose Sixteenth Street?

It was an opportunity to give back to the community by working with underserved populations and learning about the social determinants of health.

What’s something you love about Milwaukee?

The running trails and the rivers along the lake.  The nightlife is also great!

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

A perspective of how I want to contribute to healthcare as a physician.

Briefly describe a great experience you’ve had thus far.

Getting to know a resident through community meetings and events.  Through the trust that developed she was willing to share a concern about black mold in her house, and I was able to give her the help she needed.

What are your plans for after?

Attend medical school

Name something interesting or fun about yourself.

I enjoy comedy, watching comedians, and telling jokes.


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Corinne Wiesner | Environmental Health

Originally from Washington, DC
Beloit College | BA Economics

Why did you become an Americorps Member?

I craved a job that would serve a community, to serve that community with great people, and one in which I could continue to learn and grow.

Why did you chose Sixteenth Street?

SSCHC is a unique community health center, it is also well recognized. I wanted to be part of an organization that has demonstrated its success time and time again and learn how it functions.

What’s something you love about Milwaukee?

Music scene!

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

I hope to understand where there are gaps in our community, vaguely how I might fill those gaps so that I can continue my education and actually make our society more excellent.

Briefly describe a great experience you’ve had thus far.

I have gotten to know some residents in this area. This neighborhood is so vibrant and the people are so warm that I find that it inspires me to really want to work towards solutions, no matter how tiny the contribution, how distant the outcome, and how tedious the task.

What are your plans for after?

I am applying to graduate school to study how to leverage investments in sustainable development, revitalization, and community engagement by closly learning about how people make decisions at the public, private, community, and individual levels.

Name something interesting or fun about yourself.

I’m in two bands: One is called Dupond Dupont and another is Ruth B8r Ginsberg. We’re both playing at RiverwestFemFest (Women in music) in January.


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Molly Burness | Prenatal Care Coordination, Women’s Wellness Dept

Originally from Chevy Chase, MD
Carleton College | Chemistry

Why did you become an Americorps Member?

I wanted to gain professional experience while serving.  I spent 22 years taking from society (and my parents!) and was exited about the opportunity to give back from 40 hours/week.

Why did you chose Sixteenth Street?

I wanted medical experience to help me figure out what kind of medical career would be best for me.  I also wanted to work with underserved populations.  Plus, I was excited to stay in the midwest after 4 years in the great state of Minnesota.

What’s something you love about Milwaukee?

I love its size, the fact that its a real city but also close to nature, how friendly the people are and how affordable it is.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

To be honest there is so much I would like to know about the different positions in a clinical setting that I hope to just soak up whatever I can around me.  Hopefully these first and second hand experiences can help inform my decision about which type of grad school to attend.

Briefly describe a great experience you’ve had thus far.

The Women’s Wellness department has pushed me to think about what is the responsibility of the patient verses what is the responsibility of the provider, or in our case, caseworker. I think that the difference can seem fuzzy sometimes, but that it is important to distinguish between the two.

What are your plans for after?

I plan to apply to grad school in teh enxt few years, either to become an NP, MD, or PA.  Right now, I need to figure out which of those would be the best path for me and the patients. Or I could live at my parents’ house and read Harry Potter for the rest of my life.

Name something interesting or fun about yourself.

I like to play Frisbee, bake, stretch my lower back and play Ricochet Robots.


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Connor Enright | Health Educator and Volunteer Coordinator, Healthy Choices Dept

Originally from Wauwatosa, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison | BS in Neurobiology, minor in Global Health

Why did you become an Americorps Member?

Two things drew me to the AmeriCorps program at SSCHC – a remarkable amount of responsibility and opportunity to make an impact in a job for recent college graduates and an emphasis on community involvement and community service that I wanted in order to prepare me to be a more empathetic and community-oriented healthcare provider.

Why did you chose Sixteenth Street?

I chose SSCHC because I admire the community health center model and the unique role SSCHC plays in the Southside Milwaukee Community.  I was drawn to SSCHC’s focus on comprehensive, wholistic healthcare that encourages wellness on all levels – treating disease in a clinical setting, but also providing care through social workers, psychologists, financial assistance, HIV/AIDS outreach, promoting wellness in the Healthy Choices department, creating healthy neighborhoods through the Environmental Health department, etc.

What’s something you love about Milwaukee?

The lakefront – fishing, swimming, Colectivo, running/biking along the lakefront, the Art Museum, Summerfest grounds, etc.  There’s a lot of really fun things you can do on Milwaukee’s lakefront.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

I hope to gain experience working with the patients of Sixteenth Street, learning about food and exercise in the Southside of Milwaukee and how they affect the community’s health.  I hope to make friendships with the families in the Healthy Choices program and with my co-workers, to learn from them and to have some type of positive impact on everyone I work with through this program.  I hope I improve my Spanish language skills.  I also hope to become more empathetic and generous through the numerous service experiences I will have in the Community HealthCorps program.  Finally, I hope I will leave the program knowing how to be a better healthcare provider, having learned from the numerous providers and educator and co-workers I’ll spend time with at SSCHC.

Briefly describe a great experience you’ve had thus far.

In the first cycle of the Healthy Choices family education program I developed a friendship with a teenager with autism.  Witnessing his weekly development – his process of connecting nutrition to disease and wellness and the complex, high-level questions he brought to each week’s class, made me feel that I was achieving my goal of improving the health and happiness of the teenagers in my class.

What are your plans for after?

Become a physician, hopefully working in a primary care setting similar to Sixteenth Street.  I’m interested in preventative medicine and would like to emphasize preventative medicine on both an individual and communal level; I’d like to do 1-on-1 clinical visits with patients as well as community-oriented public health efforts, specifically interventions & education related to diet and exercise.

Name something interesting or fun about yourself.

Last February I swam in the Arctic Ocean.  Well, I flopped around in the water and shrieked like a little girl in the Arctic Ocean.

I’m also frequently told that I look like Frankie Muniz, Jason Mraz, and once, someone with apparent vision problems said I look like Matthew McConaughey.  Objectively, I’d say Franky Muniz is most accurate.


 

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Rachel Loder | Medication Assistance Program

Originally from Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin – Madison | BS in Biology

Why did you become an Americorps Member?

I wanted to help people.

Why did you chose Sixteenth Street?

The clinic is based in a primarily Spanish speaking location, which has allowed me to use my Spanish language skills and also keep me close to home.

What’s something you love about Milwaukee?

The diversity of the population and all of the summer attractions!

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

Healthcare experience, improved Spanish language skills and most importantly the ability to make a difference.

Briefly describe a great experience you’ve had thus far.

Many of my patients use this program because without it they would be without medication.  I can’t count how many times I have been told I am an angel for caring and helping by these individuals.

What are your plans for after?

PA school.

Name something interesting or fun about yourself.

I LOVE to travel.


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Anam Asiam | Diabetes and Asthma Educator

Born in Hyderabad, Pakistan
Currently family lives in Chicago, IL
Grinnel College | Biology and Spanish dual degree

Why did you become an Americorps Member?

To spend a year seeing community health centers in actions and practice my Spanish.

Why did you chose Sixteenth Street?

For it’s location in Milwaukee, the high Hispanic population and the community health center environment.

What’s something you love about Milwaukee?

The diversity of the city and how close I am to my family.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

Exposure to various health care programs (Peds, Chronic Care, Women’s Wellness, Environmental Health, etc.)

Briefly describe a great experience you’ve had thus far.

I interpreted for a co-worker in a situation with a patient who only spoke Burmese and Hindi.

What are your plans for after?

Medical School.

Name something interesting or fun about yourself.

I like to learn how to cook.


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Minaliza Shahlapour | Diabetes and Asthma Educdator

Originally from Janesville, WI
University of Wisconsin – Madison | BS Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Global Health Certificate

Why did you become an Americorps Member?

I wanted to serve at a community health center and learn more about working with underserved populations.

Why did you chose Sixteenth Street?

I was drawn to the Chronic Care Department and the opportunity for a lot of patient contact.

What’s something you love about Milwaukee?

The LAKE! You can’t see the other side, so it looks like an ocean.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

Improved Spanish skills, a greater knowledge of Diabetes and Asthma, a greater knowledge of health insurance and experience working with patients.

Briefly describe a great experience you’ve had thus far.

As a Diabetes educator, I Get to work closely with patients about their health and lifestyles.  I’ve learned how serious a diabetes diagnosis can be for people.  I’ve had several experiences where I had to reevaluate how I approach patients to develop a plan for improving their health.

What are your plans for after?

Medical School.

Name something interesting or fun about yourself.

I love to dance!


 

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Courtney Jankowski | WIC & Healthy Choices Educator

Originally from Batavia, IL
Augustana College | BS Biology, Neuroscience and Spanish

Why did you become an Americorps Member?

To step outside of my comfort zone, move to a new place, new position with new people and help others.

Why did you chose Sixteenth Street?

Lots of different outreach departments, work with Spanish speakers, and lots of events with other AmeriCorps members.

What’s something you love about Milwaukee?

The beautious lake.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

Networking and improved Spanish skills.

Briefly describe a great experience you’ve had thus far.

A Healthy Choices student reflected positively on my class.

What are your plans for after?

MPH at UIC.


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Ellie Leitner | Clinical Interpreter

Originally from Milwaukee, WI
Goucher College | BA Spanish and Latin American Studies

Why did you become an Americorps Member?

I wanted an enriching experience in the healthcare field that could help me expand my knowledge of Spanish, broaden my ideas for my future and give me opportunities to shadow healthcare professionals.

Why did you chose Sixteenth Street?

I chose Sixteenth Street because I grew up in Milwaukee and knew how wonderful and impactful health centers are for the community. I wanted to re-enter Milwaukee’s community in a meaningful way.

What’s something you love about Milwaukee?

I love the opportunities to come together with people in the communities in Milwaukee.  I have had teh chance to meet new people all the time and learn more about Milwaukee every day.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

I hope to gain insight about my future goals and career.  I have already gained so much knowledge and understanding of the healthcare process and this underserved population. I am so excited to see what the future brings.

Briefly describe a great experience you’ve had thus far.

Having chances to ask patients questions personally and give them access to these services in their language has made a huge impact on my life.

What are your plans for after?

I plan on applying to Social Work graduate programs.

Name something interesting or fun about yourself.

Fun Fact! I love airplane turbulence…


Office Location:

Greenfield Location
1337 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Hours:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p. m.

Phone number:

Contact Kate Jaeger at (414) 897 – 5184 or kate.jaeger@sschc.org for more information.