National Health Corps Philadelphia Blog

In meeting with patients, I find myself addressing problems with their housing, mental health, family issues, not having enough food, clothing and many other things. While serving in this capacity, I realized that my role was more than providing health insurance; I am a listening ear and a connection to resources patients never knew existed or need help accessing.
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As the year progressed and I gained more knowledge and experience at NSC, I learned to be more composed[.] However, I would not have been able to get there without the help and support of my fellow Health Corps members at NSC, my wonderful supervisor, and the rest of the amazing staff members I am so lucky to work with every day.
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From the start of my NHC term, I’ve been working on how to best integrate myself in the patient’s experience without being seen as adding chores to their health care. Communication has become my best tool in connecting with patients and helping them decide how to best improve their health.
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Attempting to grip the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare will be beneficial in my future journey as a physician, as improving the health outcome of a patient is more than treating their bodily symptoms, but also looking at the “outside factors” that surround the patient and their illness
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Regular interactions like these remind me that it’s a privilege to be able to prioritize your health. Some of our refugee clients at NSC have lived their entire lives without going to doctor’s appointments regularly, and therefore going to see the doctor is often not a top priority. When seemingly basic aspects of life get in the way, it’s not an easy ask of us when we try to convince our clients to trek across the city to make a follow-up appointment, or even to make a sick visit that, in a client’s opinion, isn’t urgent.
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