National Health Corps Florida Blog

A question I have heard numerous times from patients and Gateway employees over the past two months is: “What is AmeriCorps?” Answering this question is a challenge in itself, but luckily I had a year of experience answering this exact question while serving with AmeriCorps St. Louis.
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"During my brief three months of service as a National Health Corps Florida member, I have witnessed things and interacted with people that have called into question how much I thought that I knew about the public health field and even about life."
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Effective Altruism in NHC: How to Make the Biggest Impact - Is it practical to worry about whether every act we do to help others meets every one of the five criteria listed to a tee? Probably not. But, we can grow a little by keeping these general ideas in mind when considering when and how we choose to spend our time giving back and serving the community.
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While my host site has its own resources and its own staff, it is the collaboration and coming together with other similar entities that can truly bring about genuine and holistic success for our clients and the community as a whole.
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Everyone seemed to be connected, and I was excited to see where I fit into the picture as a Patient Navigator at Gateway Community Services.
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"My memory of it is hazy, but I remember going to shelters in the early 2000’s during hurricane seasons. At that time, I perceived the whole experience of going to the shelter as a mini-camping trip. My family gathered our sleeping bags and set up in a classroom filled with others also looking to wait out the storm."
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"Like everything else you will do in life, you will experience “I wish I would’ve known this” moments throughout your service term. The 2018-2019 Corps is here to help you eliminate some of those moments."
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"From organized soccer and basketball to independent rock climbing and hiking, being active has been a way for me to gain confidence, stay healthy, and become a part of groups who pushed me to be better. "
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"Though my time serving as a Patient Navigator in the National Health Corps through the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition takes up a good portion of the week, I still have plenty of time outside of my service position to fill with whatever activities I choose."
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