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A Passion to Lead: Part Three

Over the past few weeks, you have read about the experiences of newer Team Coordinators and other leaders in the network. In this third and final entry of our "A Passion to Lead" series, we now highlight the specific benefits of working as a Team Coordinator in various types of teams: High School, Undergraduate, and Young Professional. Their stories show that getting involved with PIH Engage has something to offer in every stage of life. 

You, too, can gain leadership experience and further develop your passion for the right to health by joining our PIH Engage community. Apply to become a Team Coordinator here!

Zeinab Hussen - Team Coordinator of PIH Engage Eden Prairie High School (Eden Prairie, MN)


"Some other clubs are similar... but they usually focus on political aspects rather than the unique, humanistic perspective that PIH tries to promote."

- Zeinab Hussen, Team Coordinator, PIH Engage Eden Prairie High School 

 Zeinab_Blog_Photo.jpgWhat are some of the greatest lessons or skills you have learned from your experience as a Team Coordinator?

"Personally, I have been able to project information better and explain things so that they make coherent sense to members of our team. The PIH curriculum has helped make sure that I am communicating effectively. Before we had the curriculum, we struggled with making sure that all members were able to engage with the discussion. Now, we have club meetings where everyone can learn something or say something in a discussion that makes them feel valuable to our club and to PIH's goals."
What is the biggest challenge of starting a high school PIH Engage team?
"The biggest challenge has been name recognition. For any new club that starts at our high school, it is hard to get a large membership because people go to the clubs that their friends or older siblings did. Instead of PIH, they would probably join speech and debate. Since people usually participate through word-of-mouth at my school, it was hard to gain membership since Partners in Health is pretty new and does not have that benefit."
What are some of the benefits of starting a high school PIH Engage team?
"The biggest benefit has been that for people who are interested in social equality, PIH promotes exactly that. I know some other clubs are similar like Youth and Government, but they usually focus on political aspects rather than the unique, humanistic perspective that PIH tries to promote."
I am a PIH Engage Team Coordinator because...
"It allows me to actively participate and contribute to my community in a beneficial manner."

Amy Caffrey - Team Coordinator of PIH Engage Fordham University (New York City, NY)


"As you engage in real action, you inspire and enable others to do the same."

- Amy Caffrey, Team Coordinator, PIH Engage Fordham University

Screen_Shot_2016-04-14_at_2.04.56_PM.pngWhat are the greatest leadership lessons and skills that you have learned from your experience as a Team Coordinator?

"As a Team Coordinator, you are in charge of your team's dynamic, and you set the tone for the entire campaign. That being said, one of the most important lessons I've learned as a Team Coordinator is that delegation is key to team-building. Involving every member of your team in conversations and meetings and providing them with opportunities to take initiative will enable your team to grow and foster a sense of dedication to the work you're doing together."

How would you encourage someone to apply to become a Team Coordinator?
"Apply! Being a Team Coordinator will be one of the most challenging, educational, and rewarding experiences you will ever have, especially as an undergraduate. If you're even considering becoming a Team Coordinator, you must be passionate about PIH's work and about advancing the movement towards global health equity. If you're considering a career in health care, leading a team of peers who are dedicated to the same cause will hone your leadership skills and give you necessary experience to be a more effective proponent of change after graduation. Being a Team Coordinator will also empower you and motivate you to continue working for health equity; as you engage in real action, you inspire and enable others to do the same."
I am a PIH Engage Team Coordinator because...
"I believe every person has a right to health. Access to such a right cannot be provided by one person or organization alone, but rather it requires the understanding an cooperation of a vast network of people. As a Team Coordinator, I get to work towards this everyday with my peers!"

Christina Jordan - Team Coordinator of PIH Engage Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)


"I believe we must stand in solidarity as one world to end the extreme injustices we have inflicted on one another, and I believe PIH is the best organization to work with towards this goal."
- Christina Jordan, Team Coordinator, PIH Engage Philadelphia

Christina_Jordan.jpg​How did you first become involved with PIH Engage?
"I became a team coordinator back in 2012, when PIH Engage was just beginning. Since I had graduated college a few years before, I had been feeling a void in my life. I was working but wasn't as involved with organizations as I was in college, and I certainly was lacking an opportunity to make change globally. I loved the work PIH did, and I was excited (and nervous) to not only be able to volunteer my time to support PIH, but could be a leader in this experience as well."

​What are some of the most valuable skills or lessons you have taken away from your experience with PIH Engage?
"Although I have put a lot of my time and energy into PIH Engage, it has given me so much more in return. The team and the people involved in PIH Engage are probably the most amazing part about the work. I have been able to connect with so many wonderful people who have taught me and shared their story with me... I have deepened my understanding of global health equity, social justice, community organizing, advocacy, and countless other areas. My leadership experience in PIH Engage was even part of the reason I was able to obtain my current job in management!"

​What is your advice for someone applying to become a Team Coordinator?
"Be prepared to work hard and make a big commitment, but if you do, you can expect a life changing experience where you grow as a person and help to make the world a more a more equitable place."

​I am a PIH Engage Team Coordinator because...
"I believe we must stand in solidarity as one world to end the extreme injustices we have inflicted on one another, and I believe PIH is the best organization to work with towards this goal."
Applications for New Team Coordinators will close on May 15th!

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