Improving Community Health: Dobrila’s Story
Dobrila started at Alverno as a nursing major before discovering her true passion was health education. Her internship at the Milwaukee Health Department convinced her she made the right choice.
After some training, Dobrila was stationed at a clinic on Milwaukee’s South Side, where she provided free eye exams to low-income patients. “The best part is seeing the people you’re able to help,” says Dobrila, whose spring internship turned into a summer job. “Many people have never had their eyes checked before and they’re very uneasy about it. Seeing their face light up when you tell them that they can get a free eye exam and glasses is just so gratifying. People are extremely grateful.”
During her internship, Dobrila also helped distribute free water filters for residents with old lead pipes, and she worked with a program that provides free health screenings to underinsured and uninsured women in Wisconsin.
“It’s really rewarding to work with people hands-on and see the impact you can make in their day-to-day lives,” she says. “And it has opened my eyes to the opportunities that are available to health educators.”