Living out our Professional Practice Model in the community
At Adventist Health White Memorial, our Professional Practice Model inspires us to give back to our community and society. You can see this in the life of Michelle Alvarez, Labor & Delivery nurse. When Michelle was just 15, she began volunteering at Alexandria House, a transitional residence and neighborhood education and enrichment program. She helped with English and computer classes, and a few years later, she began tutoring in the teen homework program. She has also led their neighborhood programs, focusing on youth programs, community outreach and neighborhood events. Health fairs, legal clinics and a community garden were among the many essential programs she developed and facilitated.
“Community isn’t just about being in the same area or neighborhood, or having a particular characteristic in common,”she says. “It’s about connection and support, much like family. Alexandria House has been my
family since I first stepped inside its doors. They gave me a sense of identity and belonging. Alexandria House serves and empowers women, and without the support and encouragement of the Alexandria House community, I wouldn’t be the woman, advocate, team-player and nurse I am today.”
Today, Michelle sits on the Board of Directors of Alexandria House and continues to give her time and energy to change the lives of women and children in need. Thanks, Michelle, for demonstrating the Professional Practice Model by contributing to our society and community!