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  • Writer's pictureTatiana Phillips

Introducing Wendy Neugent-Healy!

"Learning the overwhelming needs of these (Hardee and Desoto) communities was probably the most surprising thing I found while working with our program."


A young woman in a red dress is standing in front of a church and small pond

I sat down with one of our Community Health Workers, Wendy Neugent-Healy, to learn more about her and how she got involved with the program. Check it out below!


Tatiana: How did you learn about the HDCHW program?

Wendy: My former director from Heartland Career Source called to say a new position had just been posted for which she thought I was an excellent candidate.


T: What seemed appealing about the position or program? Why did you decide to get involved?

W: I think it was probably the obvious need for this program and the ideology behind it.


T: Have you worked with any other nonprofits before? If so, what were they? How were you involved?

W: I was a board member of the South County Community Action Program in Rhode Island. The organization was responsible for many social programs including the USDA food distribution.


T: What is your favorite part about your job?

W: The smiles and true gratefulness of our clients for the help we give them in resolving what had seemed like insurmountable barriers to them.


T: What has been the most surprising part about your job or the program?

W: Learning the overwhelming needs of these (Hardee and Desoto) communities was probably the most surprising thing I found while working with our program.


A rollercoaster


T: What are some of your hobbies or interests outside of work?

W: I love to jam with other members of our community. Making music is my passion.


T: Do you draw on any personal experiences to help you with your job?

W: Having been the caregiver for several family members as they entered into hospice, I was able to learn medical/social terminology and procedures to provide the care they needed.


T: Is there something you wish new patients would know before they utilize the program?

W: I would like new patients to know that while we can assist with advocacy and coordination through their challenges, they ultimately are responsible for following through.


T: What's one local issue you think deserves more attention?

W: Transportation is probably the biggest local issue that I think deserves more attention.



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