Dalton Noakes, Program Associate

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As Program Associate, Dalton works alongside StudentsCare’s Program Manager in overseeing and supporting the students in the program, helping them to develop their leadership skills and empowering them to serve hospitalized children in their community.

 

A recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dalton studied Health and Societies (Public Health) and nutrition. Throughout his studies, he had a particular interest in community health research and other issues surrounding socioeconomic disparities in health and healthcare access.

 

Growing up on a farm in rural Kansas, the streets of Philadelphia are a very different environment from the open-spaces of his home, but Dalton has come to love the city over the past five years. In this time, he has involved himself within many community institutions. Some of his roles have included teaching cooking classes to elementary schoolers, volunteering on hospital units, and helping with patient intake at local free clinics.

 

Dalton’s passion for the work of StudentsCare comes from his experiences as a two-time cancer survivor, having had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2013 and thyroid cancer in 2018. Given this, he understands how difficult it is to hear the words, “You have cancer,” and in turn deal with the ramifications of managing chronic illness, let alone having to do so as a small child. With these past experiences as his driving force, he is excited to put his passion and skills to work with StudentsCare in helping to improve the lives of hospitalized sick children.

 

Connect with Dalton at dalton@students-care.org