My VISTA service in 1969-1970 was in Summit, IL with Cook County, which led me to working in the drug/alcoholism treatment field as a researcher. My second term was in Lackawanna, NY at the Lackawanna Community Health Center. After VISTA, I worked with the county government in Erie County, NY and continued with a career in the New York state government in Albany and New York City.
During my VISTA service, I wrote proposals for alcoholism treatment and did a survey for the community based health care facility I was assigned to in Lackawanna, NY. This kind of experience and other work did serve me well in my career with the county and state government. I also worked on patient's rights advocacy and health care reform of the Medic-ILL program. This work has served me well. I've been an activist for health care reform during the overhaul of health insurance in the United States by the Obama Administration.