Capriana Jiang ’23 volunteers for a Tacoma nonprofit that runs a free health clinic

On a typical weeknight, you can find Capriana Jiang ’23 at the Neighborhood Clinic in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. Each night, the free clinic sees about a dozen patients. Jiang is a clinical support volunteer, helping clients fill out their intake forms, checking their vitals, and keeping exam rooms clean and well stocked. For Jiang, who is a pre-med student at University of Puget Sound, volunteering at the Neighborhood Clinic has offered more than just valuable experience, it’s taught her about the value of affordable health care.

“When I first got into college, I was looking for a volunteer position where I felt like I was making an impact,” Jiang says. “Working at the Neighborhood Clinic has opened my eyes to how so many populations don’t have access to quality health care.”