Elisabeth, Department of Public Health
“I’m so glad I found JVS. They gave me and my family new life.” – Elisabeth
In the Ivory Coast, Elisabeth’s future as a physician and a public health professional was bright. She had accomplished so much already as the Chief of the Hematology Unit and HIV Project Manager for the National HIV Care Program. This all changed when she had to leave her life behind, fleeing her country to protect her family from military persecution. Elisabeth and her three children found safety and asylum in the United States, where they have remained since 2012.
Though highly skilled, she struggled to secure work and relied on local shelters for housing in the U.S. She found a way in through a JVS program that trains low-income San Franciscans for hard-to-fill positions as health care workers. Following JVS’s 10-week classroom training, Elisabeth excelled in her six-month paid internship at the Department of Public Health, where she currently works as an administrative assistant in the Behavioral Health Access Center. She’s on her way to becoming one of healthcare’s most sought-after leaders, newly equipped with the skills, tools and confidence to make it in America.