“I learned that there are hidden jewels in neighborhoods that are not noticeable on the surface, but being a resident and getting involved helps uncover some really cool things.” – Ashish Bibireddy
A graduate of University of Pittsburgh, Ashish Bibireddy majored in Neuroscience and Urban Studies while minoring in Chemistry. He was heavily involved in university research and teaching at Pitt. He worked with Dr. Michael Glass as an Urban Studies research assistant, with Dr. Julie Fiez as a Chancellors Research Fellow, and as a Human Physiology teaching assistant with Dr. Laurel Roberts. He also served extensively in Pitt committees on Body Wellness and Sexual Assault Technology. Additionally, Ashish worked as a Patient Evaluator with UPMC Canterbury Place and with the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation. Ashish’s hobbies include sports of all sorts, traveling spending time with friends and family, photography, movies, camping, and trying new things. He is a part of the Northside cohort, and is serving at the American Heart Association.
Dan: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.
Ashish: I wear many hats at my nonprofit partnership with the American Heart Association. I am responsible for bringing and coordinating wellness program throughout Allegheny County. I build relationships with nonprofits, I teach heart health classes, I help improve the efficacy of our curriculum, I analyze the health outcomes data, I help out communities with their own wellness programs, and anything else that comes up!
Dan: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?
Ashish: It inspired me to be more intentional about including social justice initiatives in my endeavors. Many PULSErs are passionate about advocating for some of the prevalent issues today. This energy is contagious and has inspiring as well.
Dan: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.
Ashish: PULSE is supportive of everyone’s strength and recognizes talents. During this year, I am reminded that by being my true self, I can make a positive impact. My unique story is capable of making a difference.
Dan: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?
Ashish: Building relationships with my neighbors, the local non-profits and being able to immerse myself in the wealth of opportunities the Northside has to offer. I learned that there are hidden jewels in neighborhoods that are not noticeable on the surface, but being a resident and getting involved helps uncover some really cool things.
Dan: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?
Ashish: Building close relationships with individuals in my community has been really great. Learning new recipes or supporting each other’s service programs is awesome. Also, having someone you can share your experiences with and navigate obstacles with them has been very beneficial. It is also nice to have a supportive environment.
Story by PULSE Participant Dan Shaffer.
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