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"Overall, these three new initiatives are true testaments to the power of connections and tapping into established networks to reduce barriers to accessing preventative health services. Simple things like obtaining free and easily accessible condoms, clean water, and more time for doctors to listen and patients to feel empowered really go a long way."
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While preventing disease from happening should remain an overall goal of public health, we must remember that management of disease continues to be of extreme importance. Direct service will always remain a central part of healthcare, and we must strive to meet patients where they are rather than where we think they should be.
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"Over the past few weeks, it has become increasingly difficult to miss news headlines covering the high and rising prices of insulin. It is a point of scrutiny for pharmaceutical companies as many patients with diabetes need daily doses to survive. Yet many of these same patients find themselves in a difficult place: their insurance will partially cover the cost, but they are responsible for covering an often stifling out-of-pocket portion."
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"Because of my AmeriCorps position at the Shadyside Family Health Center, our patients with depression and other mental illnesses receive additional follow-up and support that they wouldn’t otherwise. The patients I connect with gain an additional supportive person on the team to answer questions, help connecting with a behavioral therapist, help scheduling psychiatry appointments, additional treatment recommendations from our psychiatrist, and/or a supportive group environment to learn more about their disease."
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