Creating Healthy Outcomes for Kids
Imasha, Megan, Roshanak & Hameeda’s Story
AmeriCorps members Imasha Adisa, Megan Harris, Roshanak Lowe (formerly Ghoochan) and Hameeda Dahniya coordinated the first Back-to-School Community Health Fair for Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb, a United Way partner agency, in August.
In addition to providing dental, vision and hearing screenings to more than 80 school-aged children, the AmeriCorps team distributed in excess of 200 book bags filled with school supplies to those in need. More than 300 people in the community attended the event.
AmeriCorps was created in 1993 to rally adults to engage in intensive service in the areas of education, public safety, health care and environmental protection. Full-time and part-time members are provided modest compensation (cost of living allowances, student loan deferment and funding for education) in exchange for their service.
The AmeriCorps members are part of United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Project Health Access—supported by the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism and Kaiser Permanente. Imasha, Megan, Roshanak and Hameeda spent the past year increasing access to affordable health care services for uninsured and underinsured residents. Their year wrapped up in September, and Hameeda and Roshanak have already committed to a second year of service. We wish our AmeriCorps members the best of luck in their future endeavors.