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As one of 14 PHC members serving in the City of Philadelphia Public Health Centers, member Belinda Lao's duties as a Patient Advocate are similar to other members who serve in patient navigation and Patient Assistance Program enrollment. What makes her host site unique, Belinda says, is the phenomenal and dedicated staff with whom she gets to serve at Health Center #2.
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How has your experience with the Pittsburgh Health Corps (PHC) thus far helped you with your future aspirations? Having joined the PHC and accepting a position at my host site, Global Links, I have been given the opportunity to not only understand why improvement of public health is both necessary and important, but have also been given the opportunity to explore the realm of environmental stewardship and conservation, which is the second mission here at Global Links...
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The Princeton Vision Clinic, where I serve as a Chicago Health Corps member, is open to all Chicagoland students and provides comprehensive eye exams and glasses at no cost. Around 70% of patients seen at the clinic need eyeglasses and around 20% of patients are diagnosed with an eye condition that impacts their learning. Uncorrected low vision, eye conditions, and eye disorders not only affect students in the classroom, they affect them recreationally too. With this vision program, students have the opportunity to receive glasses that can help them improve their classroom performance, hand-eye coordination during sports, and self-esteem.
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How has your experience with the Pittsburgh Health Corps (PHC) thus far helped you with your future aspirations? I believe being a member of the Pittsburgh Health Corps has solidified my decision to enter the medical field. Additionally, spending my year as a PHC member in a free clinic (Birmingham Free Clinic) has encouraged me to continuously think outside of the box, in order to help our patients, who experience limited access to healthcare...
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Has your experience with the Pittsburgh Health Corps (PHC) thus far helped you with your future aspirations? Yes, being a member of PHC has helped me realize how much I want to become a physician someday. I see the passion my mentors have for reducing disparities and for fixing systemic problems in healthcare. Through my experience with the PHC thus far, I am realizing that the issues I am passionate about can be feasibly solved, and as a physician I can act as an ally to create change...
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As a health educator with Erie Family Health Center, I spend much of my time in and out of various Chicago Public Schools, talking with students about sexual health. I present on a wide range of topics from anatomy to healthy relationships to sexual identities. These discussions often push students and educators to discuss the weighty topics that might not otherwise pop up in everyday classroom conversation.
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Imagine that you only have 30 seconds to tell your children how much you love them. What would you say? NFHC member, Britteny (the Healthy Start Projects & Care Coordinator at the Florida Department of Health in Baker County), meets with incarcerated women, for whom this question is a reality. Through this blog, you can get a glimpse of the issues incarcerated women face when it comes to parenting and the steps Britteny is taking to address such concerns.
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