Ben Turnbull

I don’t want to be questioning my impact three years out of college; I want to implement change right now.

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Name: Ben Turnbull
Hometown: Lexington, KY
School: University of Virginia
Major: Systems Engineering, B.S.
Hobbies: Camp counselor over the summer, love playing/watching all kinds of sports but a basketball guy at heart, into trying new foods and exploring new places

Social Sector Partner Placement

Placement Organization: Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Location: Boston
Organization Title: Community Outreach Associate
Role: Placed within the Health Center Controlled Network program, Ben is focused on assisting with the development of two new initiatives focused on enhancing documentation of patient demographics and care. Within the first initiative, Ben identifies and helps address social determinants of health care and improving the documentation of the social determinants of health care in electronic medical records.  Within the second initiative Ben works and helps design strategy to assist community health centers implement new requirements to document the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of patients in their EMR.


A friend of mine recently graduated from UVA in 2012 and by our generation’s standards we would label him as successful: works consulting in DC, wears a suit to work, has a big apartment, etc. Bright-eyed, I asked him what it’s like to be living the life and doing what he loves. His response changed my outlook on life after college, “I can’t say that I love what I do because I haven’t made a difference yet”.

I don’t want that to be me. I don’t want to be questioning my impact three years out of college; I want to implement change right now. My first step was joining the GE family, a company that has a positive global impact. However, while GE tackles problems in an emerging technical world, I want to help meet society’s challenging needs. This program is about helping people. It’s not about bragging rights or superficialities. Three years from now, when I discuss my experiences, I want to say I love what I do. I want to say I have made a difference.


Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, Ben Turnbull is a recent graduate from the University of Virginia with a major in Systems and Information Engineering. Throughout his collegiate career Ben has balanced community involvement with academic endeavors, whether it be organizing service projects as an elected community outreach coordinator or driving the implementation of new motion capture technology in a University robotics lab. Combining his passion for volunteering with technical exposure in engineering, Ben has worked as a coach for Special Olympics, operations coordinator for Camp Kesem, treasurer for his fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and as a Dean’s Ambassador for the School of Engineering. In his spare time, Ben is an avid Kentucky basketball fan and enjoys the great outdoors. He is very much looking forward to an upcoming opportunity for service that is sure to headline a fantastic year!

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