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My firm belief is that you cannot effectively advocate for someone unless you have taken the opportunity to speak with them and learn their story. My time at Gateway Community Services and within NHC has reinforced this belief.
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I grew up in Central Florida where annual hurricanes caused people to dash to the nearest grocery store for bread and bottled water. I worked three jobs my senior year of college while going to classes full time. I was serving in Americorps just this past year when a wildfire struck California, and I assisted with disaster response. I felt prepared for anything.
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How are homeless individuals to be quarantined? How can we check who our clients have been in contact with? How can we make sure the homeless population actually gets tested?
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How do I even begin discussing all these risk factors to a first-time mom without scaring her? I reflected on the training I received on motivational interviewing and empathy — How would I want this information to be shared with me if I was in her shoes?
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Although in these times, it is difficult to stay motivated and stay true to my personal mission statement, I find it is helpful to remind myself of why I do what I do. In the same way, I hope to encourage my clients to find their inner motivations for engaging in healthy behaviors. To end, I have included my personal mission statement in hopes that you, too, will take a minute to think about yours.
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When I learned that a large portion of my position as a Health Educator at The PLAYERS Center for Child Health would involve convincing 6th grade students about the importance of nutrition - in a 45-minute class - I knew I’d have my work cut out for me.
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