I AM FPHLP 2021: Tavion Rogers

Tavion RogersTavion Rogers was part of the Michigan FPHLP 2021 cohort. He is currently a senior at Misericordia University majoring in Political Science and Philosophy and minoring in Medical and Health Humanities. During FPHLP Summer of 2021, Tavion interned with Unified HIV Health and Beyond (Ypsilanti).

The opportunity to gain a wide array of knowledge from other individuals who were also invested in public health was what enticed Tavion to participate in Michigan FPHLP. Through various networking opportunities, attending seminars, and conversations with peers, Tavion was able to enrich his understanding of public health in multiple areas. With this knowledge at hand, he is more capable and motivated to enter the field of public health.

In his field placement with Unified HIV Health and Beyond (Ypsilanti), Tavion created promotional material to inform community members of the services provided by the organization. Throughout this process he became more knowledgeable on the topics of harm reduction, stigma fighting, STD/STI testing, and food/housing insecurity.

Despite Michigan FPHLP 2021 being virtual, Tavion had a fun and engaging experience. The highlight of Tavion’s FPHLP experience was the relationships he was able to build with his peers and mentors. He really enjoyed being a part of a family environment where they all looked out for each other. Mentors were very helpful and provided excellent advice, and peers were extremely supportive every step of the way.

The greatest challenge Tavion experienced as a participant was coming out of his comfort zone. From learning new skills, providing his perspective on sensitive topics, or simply speaking up in a group discussion, it was often uncomfortable trying new things in such a different environment. However, through these experiences he became more adaptable and willing to leave his comfort zone. This attribute will be useful in his personal and professional endeavors as he is more outgoing, and better equipped in handling situations he finds difficult.

One of Tavion’s goals post-Michigan FPHLP was to continue acts of service, and he is happy to have accepted an AmeriCorps position that will begin shortly after he graduates. However, he does intend on pursuing a MPH degree upon completion of his service.

In the future, Tavion hopes to establish a career within a local, state, or federal health department. He has always had aspirations of working in government and improving health outcomes, and this would be a perfect environment to accomplish these goals. Michigan FPHLP has played a vital role in preparing him for such a career, and he is excited to explore these potential opportunities.

Tavion encourages others to apply to Michigan FPHLP as it can not only jumpstart your career, but it will help you develop the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in public health. Along with these professional benefits, you will be able to build meaningful relationships with other like-minded individuals from all over the country.