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"Mom. Mama. Madre. Mother. These are all ways to describe the central unit of a family. Moms are the sweet jam in between two shortbread cookies, gently yet securely keeping the cookie intact, while also being the pivotal part that truly makes the cookie delicious. This is what I have come to learn over the first few months of my service year with National Health Corps. The health of the family is intrinsically tied to the health of mom."
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"One of my main roles at Shadyside Family Health Center is to call depressed patients in between their visits to see how things are going. I’m able to provide support and encouragement, and to help problem-solve any barriers that might be limiting their treatment. It’s important for these patients to have another resource in between office visits and another person looking out for their mental health."
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It’s a reminder to me of our shared humanity, because we will all make it through in the end by doing ordinary things, and, occasionally, some things that are a little more remarkable. At NSC, we connect our clients to the health care that they ask for and need.
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"Even without coming from any sort of health background, as nearly all of my fellow Corps members do, I am learning through my service that there’s a place for everyone in the public health puzzle. I am surprised and excited by the diverse backgrounds of the people who surround me at the Food bank each day. Individuals of all different fields— from agriculture to finance, food studies to data analysis, dietetics to public policy, and beyond— make up the large staff, and getting to know who they are and what role they play at the Food Bank has helped me better grasp the broad reach of the public health field."
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