“We have the power to make changes especially health changes for ourselves and those to come,” says Anim when speaking of public health.
Anim O. Aweh, licensed clinical social worker and health educator discovered her passion for public health and mental health in minority women while still in high school. Daughter of immigrant parents, Anim was raised understanding the importance of education. Their philosophy, “Education is the only way to make it in this country,” became a philosophy that she would adopt as her own.
Graduating in the top 10% of her class in high school, Anim made education a priority and when it came time to choose a career path, having a mentor opened her eyes to different opportunities. “Mentorship is very important, having a mentor exposed me to different career paths”, says Anim speaking about the Girls and Boys club. “While always knowing I wanted to be in the health care space, I discovered what I wanted to do by using my networks”. Anim worked on her first Public Health campaign while still in high school. She then went on to work in areas of women’s health while attending college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, working as a health educator on campus.
Anim, completed her undergraduate degree in Public Health while working in the Veteran’s Hospital in Boston. While working at the hospital, she volunteered some of her time in the Social Work Department. Discovering yet another passion, Anim would go on to complete her Master’s in Social Work. She would then return to the Boys & Girls Club to pilot the first mental health program geared towards children by developing and facilitating cognitive psychotherapy groups and individual psychotherapy. She encourages those that are receiving services to be patient with the process, looking for immediate results is not realistic.
“We have the power to make changes especially health changes for ourselves and those to come,” says Anim when speaking of public health. One of the biggest myths that Anim had to overcome was that people can’t make money in the field. She believes its important to gain exposure by trying different things, network and test everything. Now after 7 years of working in her field and equipped with the knowledge and experience, Anim hopes to open her own private practice.