WHERE SHE’S COMING FROM
Huang is a New Yorker—she grew up in Brooklyn, with parents who instilled in her the values of giving back and building community, something that drew her into a caring profession like nursing. Today she lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Federally Qualified Health Centers do incredible work in underserved communities, including the center at which Huang worked in college, and the volunteer physicians, nurses and social workers who worked hard to make accessible and culturally compatible health care available made an impression on her. She says, “Working closely with the mental health team, I witnessed how staffing became a barrier to patients’ recoveries—but the mental health team’s work ethic never faltered. They worked arduously, collaborating on care for unique and complex cases. The team’s dedication to working with patients was compelling, and it reinforced my desire to work on the front lines of mental health.”
THE NURSE REVOLUTION
Huang understands that nurses have an incredible role to play in working with underserved communities to improve health and health equity. She says, “Nurses have the ability to directly disrupt health care deficiencies by providing a high quality of care at a lower cost. By increasing access to preventative care, nurses can service those deterred by cost and treat these patients before their health issues compound. In return, there will be an overall lower cost burden to society. I hope to impact more systemic changes by advocating for my patients on a larger platform, including in the political sphere.”