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These are just things I did as a part of my service with National Health Corps AmeriCorps or on my own. I couldn’t stand to know there was something more I could do and then not do it. And I’m not the only one – every NHC member did something to contribute this holiday season.
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As I acclimated to my role at the clinic, I often found myself asking, “How can I help? What more can I do?” Luckily, I have a wealth of information through my fellow National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps members and the Sulzbacher Center that I can use to help connect clients to the medical, behavioral, and housing services they need.
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“My name is Emily, and I am a National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps member serving at the Sulzbacher Center in downtown Jacksonville” or so my intro spiel goes. However, that initial sentence doesn’t really describe my role or the things that I do day-to-day to increase access to health services for the clients I serve.
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Through the NHC Florida AmeriCorps program, I have the pleasure of teaching something I’m most passionate about and influencing the health behaviors of up to 170 of the most adorable children each week.
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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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