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NHC Chicago member Rey talks about the impact of cultural influence in topics revolving around sexual and mental health, and how he learned how to combat the negative effects of the said influence during his year of service.
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"I distinctly recall Katie coming to our office in a frenzy on a Tuesday afternoon about two hours prior to Suboxone clinic starting. She had just been stripped of her purse, keys, and wallet on the bus. But instead of immediately filing a police report, she came to us because she was worried she would miss her scheduled appointment and thus not receive her weekly Suboxone strips. I believe it was this fierce determination and willingness to ask for help that helped Katie turn her life around for the better."
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"I understood that the process of applying for public benefits could be frustrating and lengthy but I had no first-hand experience. I think the most humbling part of the process was knowing that a group of intelligent, college-educated adults still needed help navigating the system. It made me wonder how people who don’t have any guidance fare when they navigate the application process themselves."
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Health Educator Emonii shares one of the most important lessons she has learned during her service term with the Respiratory Health Association
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"My NHC experience, rife with socio-cultural education and community insight, has given me a stronger platform from which to advocate about “change” more broadly. Especially after learning how deeply intertwined social services are with better health outcomes, this service term has significantly bolstered my support in education reform, increased after-school programming, criminal justice reform, restructuring an inadequate healthcare system, and many other causes."
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"near-peer education looks like a sure-fire way to deliver health information, but in reality it is full of unique successes and challenges. Although it may be a tough pill to swallow, learning to react with sensitivity and flexibility to unforeseen obstacles creates stronger, more effective public health campaigns."
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