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We asked Jaclyn a few questions to help us to get to know her better.

Home is Trumbull, CT. The most exciting thing to ever happen there was in 1989 when we won the Little League World Series.

I’m a big reader and I like to be outdoors. Swimming, hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding; if it’s outside, I’m in.

I admire a lot of people from Paul Farmer to Geno Auriemma (the UConn Women’s Basketball coach), but I probably admire my mom the most.

Paul Farmer is a medical anthropologist and physician who helped create Partners in Health. I had the opportunity to meet him in college, where he told the student organization I was in to “spread the message about cholera in Haiti”. Both Dr. Farmer himself and PIH have done amazing work providing high quality treatment for HIV, AIDS, and tuberculosis while promoting social justice in Haiti and several other developing countries. I definitely recommend all his books, particularly Pathologies on Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor.

Jaclyn Testani
Jaclyn Testani
Americorps*VISTA Volunteer

Americorps*VISTA Comes to CareOregon
Please welcome
Jaclyn Testani

We have a new face to add to our CCO Team.  Jaclyn Testani is an Americorps* VISTA volunteer who will be working with the communities in the Columbia Pacific CCO. If you haven’t ever heard of Americorps*VISTA, it’s a very cool domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps, and recruits promising college graduates who want to give a year of service to work on anti-poverty programs across the country. 

We are very fortunate to have Jaclyn for the year between college and medical school. In addition to her educational experience, she has background in research, has been a health care volunteer for the Harlem Ob-Gyn clinic and Planned Parenthood, and has a passion for public health.

As Jaclyn states in her own words: “I am excited to be serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Columbia Pacific CCO for the coming year. It’s my first time living on the West Coast, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know the different communities in Oregon that the CCO covers. I graduated from Columbia University in May where I majored in history and completed the pre-medical requirements. I hope to learn a lot this year, and really broaden my understanding of the social and cultural determinants of health to make me a better physician in the future.”

Jaclyn will be working with me and with Nancy Knopf to help with the work of the CCO’s community advisory councils. This includes helping develop a framework for assessing community needs and addressing health disparities; assisting with data gathering and local narratives on health and well-being; assisting communities with implementation of sustainable health improvement strategies; and developing community-specific definitions of culturally competent care and service.

We are excited to have Jaclyn with us through next August.