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Our members know their states! This week we hear from our Delaware member, Joan Barnwell, about what she knows and loves about her state!

Name: Joan Barnwell 

City, State: Dover, DE 

Organization: Division of Public Health

How long have you lived in Delaware? Why do you choose to live there? 47 Years. I choose to live here because it is a small state that has good educational systems, cost of living and the tax base is low. Conveniently located to major east coast cities.

What are the best cultural events that happen in Delaware? Dover Days Festival, Winterthur Point-to-Point, Day in Old New Castle, St Anthony's Italian Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Delaware State Fair, Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival.

Why should a health professional choose Delaware over surrounding states? It is small, close to the beaches, good educational districts, good hospitals. Close to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York.

What loan repayment programs does Delaware have? Anything that makes those programs unique? State loan programs for health professionals. Awards granted on a graduated scale from $35,000 a year to $50,00 for two years.

How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in DelawarePlaces physicians: primary care, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology and other medical field of studies as needed in the communities in underserved areas of the state.

Are healthcare professionals valued in DelawareAll healthcare professionals are valued especially mental health workers.

Why do people travel to DelawareFor the beaches especially Rehoboth Beach and tax free shopping.

What sports teams does Delaware have? Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball team, Diamond State Roller Derby Girls, Blue Coat Basketball and Black Fox Rugby.

What is your favorite local food? Crab Cakes.

What is Delaware best known for? The First State that ratified the constitution of the United States on December 7, 1787. Tax free shopping.

What is the biggest misconception about DelawareIt is very small. While that may be true based on size alone, Delaware is full of things to do including hiking, fishing, beaches, golf courses, etc. It's a great place to call home. 

What are the biggest industries in DelawareChemical corporations, agriculture and state government. 

How is the weather/climate in DelawareWe have four seasons and the climate is moderate year-round. Average monthly temperatures range from 75.8 to 32.0 degrees. Average temperature in the summer months is 74.3 degrees. About 57% of the days are sunny.

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