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A college student describes how the TakeCHARGE 5 Steps program helped her when she turned 18 and healthcare changed for her forever.
Abby Briggs is currently a junior at Hofstra University studying Community Health and Spanish.
She was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She made the move across the country for college to experience life in a new city and take advantage of what New York has to offer.
At Hofstra, she is involved in Honors College and its peer mentor program, Nippon Culture Society, as well as Yoga Club. She serves as the President of Sitare, a Desi dance club, and also runs on Hofstra’s D1 Track team.
She goes on mission trips each year with her church to Los Angeles, Mexico, and El Salvador where they, respectively, serve people experiencing homelessness on Skid Row, build a home for a family in need, and provide medical services and supplies to remote villages.
She joined the TakeCharge campaign as a volunteer intern in October 2019. She knew that understanding patient safety would be a valuable skill set for any future career path she chooses and wanted to learn more. She hopes that with the knowledge she has acquired over the course of the campaign that she will be able to improve health outcomes and prepare friends, family, and future clients to be well-informed patients. She hopes to join the Peace Corps after she graduates and later, work as a health educator or in a government agency.
Her hobbies include running, doing crafts and DIY projects, drinking boba, learning K-pop dances, bike riding, listening to music, and watching new shows.