Journey to Preventative Healthcare a Long Road for John
For Jainty John, access to quality healthcare was a much different experience in her native Kerala, India.
“In my village, ‘disease’ and ‘medical problems’ were more common than ‘medicine’ and ‘doctors,’” says John, a recipient of the Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Fund. “My family and I never had much experience with doctors or hospitals. The city’s hospital was run by missionaries but villages hardly made use of it.”
The family eventually moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and found that medical care was much more accessible but it was only used during emergencies due to high costs. In 2005, John and her family moved to Syracuse, NY, in the hopes of finding brighter futures.
“Everything changed when we moved to the United States. Everywhere I went there were clinics and doctors from various practices,” John says. “Remarkably, I found the medical insurance and accessibility to a variety of medical facilities to be a norm in this culture.”
Once introduced to screening, annual physicals and other forms of preventative care, John decided to become a physician’s assistant and is currently enrolled in the graduate physician’s assistant program at Le Moyne College.
To help offset educational costs, John works two jobs at a hospital and interns at a dental clinic during the summer. She also relies on student loans and scholarships. For the past four years, she also has volunteered and worked for various clinics and hospitals in Syracuse, which serve unemployed and low-income patients.
“I understand the fears and pain of the patients I see, but also the potential comfort and positive health outcomes that quality healthcare can bring to those who suffer,” John says.
The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund, sponsored by Macy’s, will help defray some of the costs of John’s educational journey.