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."
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.
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.