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Teamwork is key, details are important, and managing expectations is essential when trying to motivate people to participate in new experiences or to promote healthy behaviors. Outreach efforts have taught me valuable lessons in effective communication. In addition to administrative skills, I have learned communication skills such as active listening and being flexible.
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Some say that some things are better left unsaid, but I wholeheartedly disagree. Talking is what made me my first and lifelong friend in college. Talking is what got me to find my passion for baking sourdough. Talking might even save a life. At the very least, I hope it’ll save a few friendships.
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"A lot of my time this service year has been spent thinking about questions like these. For instance, partaking in this AmeriCorps service year is an experience that lends itself only to candidates who are privileged enough to either have the savings or help to live on a governmental stipend. My fellow members and I talked briefly about this during our training, but this is something I’ve grappled with since."
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My ultimate goal for this service time is to impact people in the Jacksonville community in a meaningful way. I hope that educating clients about their insurance benefits decreases their stress and improves their health and financial situation. I want clients to develop a strong, positive relationship with exercise through participation in Moving Moms.
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One thing AmeriCorps has taught me is that even doing seemingly small things to help people matters.While I may not be able to get a patient who is uninsured their osteoporosis medication for free, I might be able to save them $50-$100 for the year that they might have to pay otherwise.
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"Being in National Health Corps, it came as no surprise to me that all our members shared my compassion for vulnerable populations and were determined to find solutions to empower individuals and communities to improve health outcomes. What has really stood out to me, however, is just how much heart they have put into their service."
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