Lead Peer Community Health Worker, St. John's Well Child & Family Center
Los Angeles, CA
Released from incarceration in January 2018, Sara Wilshinsky became a member of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition before becoming an employee of St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, a federally qualified health center that addresses the medical and mental health of economically depressed and marginalized communities in South Los Angeles and the Compton areas. As a Peer Community Health Worker, Sara works closely with folks impacted by the justice system and has helped hundreds of returning community members. Sara’s lived experience contributes to overcoming many of the hardships her clients face in society, especially social determinants of health, reentry, homelessness, substance use,, and mental health diagnosis. Sara is also certified as a Registered Drug and Alcohol Technician through the California Consortium of Addiction Program Professionals. Sara can be reached via email at SWilshinsky@wellchild.org.