November 18, 2013

Alumna Maryam Qayumi (BS, Behavioral and Community Health,'12), was recently awarded the Governor's Service Award from the state of Maryland for her work with Community HealthCorps Maryland, a project of the AmeriCorps program.

Qayumi, now a student at UMB's dental school, was selected for the award from a pool of more than 150 applicants from across the state. The award is given annually to individuals who engage in meaningful volunteer service that shows sustained commitment to Maryland's most pressing human and environmental needs.

Before attending University of Maryland, Baltimore, Qayumi worked with Community HealthCorps Maryland where she left her impact on Chase Brexton Health Care in Columbia.

While volunteering there, she made drastic improvements to the case management system, enrolled clients in health insurance or assistance programs, provided case management, enrolled clients in health education and supportive counseling programs, and conducted outreach to prospective clients in the community, among many other integral achievements.

"It was very rewarding to help patients get the health care that they needed," Qayumi said. "Many patients didn't even know these programs existed."

Qayumi also worked with the Chase Brexton dental department where she helped underserved dental patients access community resources and reached out to elementary schools in Howard County.

As a child receiving care for a cleft lip and palate, Qayumi came to view her dental care providers as role models, she said. She hopes to give similar care to children, especially in communities where children may not have access to proper dental care.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community service to meet critical needs in the areas of disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.