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"Pittsburgh has been named the “most livable city” six times since 2000 by The Economist, Forbes and Places Rated Almanac. It also has landed on more than 200 “best” lists including “40 Prettiest Cities in the World”.


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National Health Corps Pittsburgh Blog

"Why do people volunteer? When asked this question, I think most people would answer with something along the lines of, “Because it feels good to help others.” But where does this “good” feeling come from? Is it because it truly feels good to know you are helping make someone’s life better or meeting a need in an underserved community? Or, is it because volunteering allows us to absolve ourselves of some of the guilt we feel for being more privileged than others?"
Date of Publication: 07/19/2019
Author: Rebecca.Russell
"When I look back at myself as a brand new AmeriCorps member during PSO, I am struck by how formative this year has been for me. I knew that time in National Health Corps was likely to be impactful, but I never expected to learn and evolve as much as I have. Rather than this happening through distinct, dramatic moments, I think that I have learned the most through my small, day-to-day tasks and interactions at my host site."
Date of Publication: 06/29/2019
Author: Rebecca.Russell
"Reflecting on what to write for this blog post, I immediately decided to share my favorite memory/story from the year. I sat down with every intention of doing just that, however, when I began to write one story, ten others would also pop into my head that felt equally important. This has led me to reflect on how impossible it would be to pick a single story to represent and express everything that this year has meant to me."
Date of Publication: 06/20/2019
Author: Rebecca.Russell
"I’m convinced that it was just yesterday that my roommates and I walked into our first day of pre-service orientation (PSO) and recited the AmeriCorps pledge. The feelings of excitement of the unknowns of what the service year could bring occupied my mind the night before our first day. I’ve been reflecting a lot on these memories lately, especially now that we are just a month away from finishing out our program. I’ve created a lot of new memories since that first week of PSO, and many involve the stories of the individuals that I’ve had the pleasure of serving."
Date of Publication: 06/17/2019
Author: Rebecca.Russell
"Let’s face it, we all love food, right? As the Diabetes QI Coordinator at Shadyside Family Health Center, I get to talk about food, a lot. One of my major roles is to sit down with patients who have uncontrolled type 2 diabetes to discuss management strategies. The majority of the time, this conversation turns to food. Usually, I have the patient walk me through their typical eating day, so that we can discuss modifications such as adding vegetables at dinner time, or substituting the kind of carbohydrates they are eating at breakfast. However, I began to recognize a pattern in the conversations that I was having. Many of my patients reported they knew what they should be eating, but were not because they could not afford to do so."
Date of Publication: 06/11/2019
Author: Rebecca.Russell

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