What was the moment in your life when you realized you wanted to explore public service?

It was while I was in Occupational therapy school. We were learning about healthcare and the limited access to healthcare services, food, prevention and primary care. I saw the injustices in the healthcare system as literal barriers for people to get the care that they needed. After my first year of OT school, I decided to get my master in public health, so that I could better serve the patient population through policies.

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What are your main responsibilities at your position? What are you looking forward to the most in your position?

At Easterseals, I am involved in background policy research for policies that Easterseals wants to implement in their affiliate sites across the country or at the national level here in DC.

How does this internship help you with your professional goals? What do you want to get out of it?

This internship is directly linked to my professional goals. My goal is to find a way to connect public service, through public health, and Occupational therapy. This internship revolves around disability rights and a dream job in the future would be to have a job at an Easterseals location!

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Being a person of color, I have always admired the civil rights movement for their passion, and strength. Once I learned about the disability rights movement, I realized the fight for civil rights is not over for people of color and people with disabilities and now is my chance to get involved.

What is something that most people would not know about you?

I speak fluent sarcasm.

When you get off work, what do you do? What are your weekend activities?

I love trying new restaurants and new foods. Every weekend I try to pick a food or a cuisine I’ve never tried before. I also am trying to get the most out of DC and exploring all the amazing things to do around here.
What are you most excited to do in Washington D.C. (or wherever you are)?

I am so excited to be here in DC and honestly I just want to get to know DC and what it has to offer.

Megan Matthew was born and bred in the Chicagoland area, but currently residing in St. Louis working on her Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis. Her areas of interest are access to health care, disability rights, and health care communications. Megan loves exploring new cities and trying new and delicious foods.

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