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"Recently, I attended a conference about anti-hunger initiatives. A common theme throughout the conference was about “engaging those with lived experience” — in other words, letting those who have real life experience of hunger and food insecurity speak for themselves. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier, a food bank serving the Southern Tier region of New York, has a program called the Speakers Bureau where people experiencing food insecurity and poverty are trained to share their stories. A member of the Speakers Bureau named Dawn Tallett spoke about her experience at this conference."
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"Through service, I learned that I should be okay with being uncomfortable in some situations, as long as I use them as an opportunity to reflect on the situation and myself rather than avoiding them. I cannot grow from being in a place of constant familiarly; there has to be some challenge or frustration to spark something within us to do better, or do different."
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"As a patient navigator, I serve persons who are underserved, underinsured, and uninsured through various innovative engagement and care management endeavors. As you may have guessed from my position title, I assist patients in navigating their journey through Pittsburgh Mercy and other community resources. This usually involves coordinating patient care with our primary care practitioners, our Hepatitis C clinic, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program, hospital specialists, and the other essential internal and external support services. This person-centered team approach to managing care empowers the individuals we serve to comfortably integrate their physical and behavioral wellness services — that is, if they choose to engage."
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“Serving in this position has reinforced the idea that it is important to ensure that people have access to affordable health care. As a Patient Advocate, I am fortunate enough to have a flexible position that provides me with the time to hear about the lives and the struggles of my patients.”
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“In our society, we praise individuality and standing apart from the rest. While the individual is certainly needed to take the first stand, real power comes from standing together to make the world a better place, whether in the realm of policy or choosing to swap the doughnuts for burpees.”
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