Smart Community Corps - Kate Ferencsik

Kate Ferencsik

Project: Smart Sea Level Sensor
Location: Chatham County

Kate is a 3rd year Psychology Honors student, Spanish minor and a Stamps President’s Scholar at Georgia Tech.  She has been the Executive Financial Officer, Outreach Chair and is now the Executive Vice President of Buzz Mobile Heath. This Georgia Tech undergraduate-run mobile health clinic in partnership with Give Homeless Hope and Antioch Urban Ministries are trying to adapt a service-oriented, holistic approach to street medicine within the marginalized population of metropolitan Atlanta. This venture has only enhanced her passion to attend medical school, specialize in Infectious Disease and receive a Master’s in Public Health. Following medical school, Kate would like to continue her passion for community health engagement by establishing and implementing a sustainable health clinic model that can be used and adapted to serve vulnerable communities around the world.

Beyond her involvement in Buzz Mobile Health, Kate served on the executive board of the Stamps Scholars National Convention Planning Committee to manage and organize eight unique Threads run by Stamps Partner schools from around the country. Threads functioned to facilitate discussion for the convention’s 700+ attendees surrounding some of our nation’s greatest areas of debates including the Ethics of Healthcare, Digital Ethics, Mental Health, etc. She has also worked as a research assistant in the Cognitive Ergonomics Psychology Lab, organizing human factors analyses in conjunction with the CDC. Kate has also been a consistent volunteer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Grady Hospital.

Kate is assigned to the Chatham program and will be working directly with Nick Deffley, Sustainability Director at Chatham county.  She will be developing standard operating procedures and best practices for community engagement and communication methods around Sea level rise in vulnerable populations that can be scaled to other socially and environmentally vulnerable neighborhoods around Savannah.

She will also help organize formal public meetings with Hudson Hill Neighborhood (socially vulnerable communities with environmental justice issues).  Kate will also assist our Chatham partners to develop a map that overlays social vulnerability,  climate vulnerability, socio economic statistics, and community assets for the neighborhood.

Kate is a Savannah native and her insight about the city and past community outreach volunteering will be a valuable asset to our Chatham Partners.  She is excited to join our internship program and we are looking forward to her support to our Chatham community partners.

When Kate is not helping out with our Chatham county partners, she will be studying for MCAT during summer. We welcome Kate onboard and happy to have her on our Smart Community Corps Team.