If you could have dinner with 1 person who you regard as a leader, who would it be and why?

I would definitely have dinner with Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation because she is type of leader I aspire to become one day. Also I’d love to write down some of those magnificent compliments she gives to Ann so I can give them to my best friends and family.

What motivates you to create social impact?

The biggest motivation I have to create social impact is being aware of the institutional oppressive barriers that greatly affect my communities and society. I would love nothing more than to make life a little easier by dismantling them one step at a time.

Host Site Overview

The Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) responds to critical health challenges by improving public health capacity and enhancing health care systems.

Host Site Project

Each year about 35,000 individuals exit the Illinois state prison system. More than 60% return to the city of Chicago. In addition, Chicago is home to Cook County Jail which is the largest single-site jail in the country with 90,000 admissions per year. Upon release, reentry individuals face multiple challenges to successful reintegration into their communities including co-occurring health issues; barriers to accessing stable housing and community-based supportive services; lack of employment readiness, job placement opportunities, and financial resources; and high risk of homelessness and recidivism. For incarcerated individuals living with chronic health problems like HIV, the challenges of reintegrating into the community are exacerbated.

Community Reentry Project (CRP) coordinates efforts to ensure that people living with and at highest risk for HIV transition smoothly from incarceration to communities throughout Illinois via a comprehensive system of HIV prevention, care, and support services. Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) serves as the convener for the partner agencies, guiding strategic planning, providing fiscal management, program management and monitoring, and grant reporting. Six subcontractors identify and address the health, social, and criminogenic needs of clients.

While the project has grown over the years, nearly all the growth has been to the direct services components. The Fellow will identify and pursue opportunities to initiate and expand the programmatic and administrative portions of the program to further build and refine direct services, and explore and create new components for the project.