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"For my first service project at the Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center, I am helping to implement a clinic food pantry to address food insecurity among the clinic’s patient population. I have previously volunteered with organizations that help to increase access to healthy foods for vulnerable populations and those in need. Common barriers to access that I observed while volunteering with these organizations often included transportation, financial, and health-related mobility issues."
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Cultural humility, as opposed to cultural competency, does not require the acquisition of total knowledge of all cultures, but rather an understanding of the ways that cultural upbringings influence our interactions and perceptions of the world. Through practicing cultural humility, cultural difference can become less of a barrier to relationships or service provision, and instead creates space for self-reflection and a continual, reciprocal learning process.
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"through my experiences as an National Health Corps Florida member at JASMYN, I know that in each mistake lies an opportunity for growth, an opportunity for supporting another youth in the way that’s centered with their needs in mind."
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"While I am exploring the community that has been home to me, it is fascinating that my fellow corps members have traveled from all over the United States to Pittsburgh for the same goal - serving the Pittsburgh community. For the next ten months, we will certainly learn about ourselves, each other, and most importantly the needs of this community. Although the needs of Pittsburgh are likely to be uniquely complex from many others places, I am positive that the themes learned from the National Health Corps will be representative of many communities nationally and even internationally and will aid in our diverse future careers."
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