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"Throughout the first few months with the National Health Corps, I have been educated about many different topics within public health and social work. With the strengthening of my knowledge, I have been able to provide accurate and comprehensive information to my community members. I am excited to continue serving and finding ways to assist people around me because I am able to feel the wonders of empowerment every day at my site."
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One of the pivotal moments for me during these interviews was speaking with the mother of a son we helped a few months earlier. He had recently moved to Philadelphia due to a fatal health concern and was having trouble getting health coverage. One of my colleagues was able to get him Medicaid in a matter of days which allowed him to get a surgery that saved his life.
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"It is often difficult to recognize the multitude of barriers that prevent access to healthcare. It is commonly agreed upon that financial burdens and lack of insurance pose great obstacles. I personally have grown up neglecting to look outside of the lens of my own privilege, but have just started to delve into some of these notions of barriers."
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"As a lifelong student, I felt compelled to find solutions to the theoretical problems I’ve been learning about in the classroom for the past several years. As a young professional, I’ve been searching for a career that allows me to contribute to a scope much larger than myself. I chose to serve with the National Health Corps Pittsburgh to guide my interests, build a network, and improve the care of under-served communities."
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Even in the best of circumstances, health-related work, especially within underserved communities like the ones in which NHC members serve, can be quite challenging. This is something we talked about often during Pre-Service Orientation— the reality that although the service that we are all doing is important, it might not always be immediately apparent when we are “in the trenches.”
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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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