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All eyes are on this pandemic, as it should be. But the fact of the matter is, life is still happening outside of this. Babies are still being born. People are still having heart attacks. Lives are still being taken by overdoses.
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"You see, when public health is working you don’t actually see it, in my opinion, making it hard for people to pay close attention. Today, everyone around the world can see public health. During this pandemic, we have learned terms “social distancing” and “flatten the curve”—part of the public health magic."
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My service term has provided me with the opportunity to directly support community members and organizations within school-based health centers (SBHCs) and more volunteer settings. One of the most impactful experiences from the very beginning of my service in one of the SBHCs has been witnessing the interactions between the school nurses I serve beside and the scholars and families we support.
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I love the field of behavioral health more than I thought that I would. However, it’s not easy. As an empathic person, it has always been difficult for me not to absorb the emotions and the troubles of those around me. Luckily, in a previous position, I had learned about vicarious trauma.
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Coming out of academia and into AmeriCorps, I equated “professional communication” with using grandiose phraseology and ostentatiously promulgating my encyclopedic intelligence. Basically, I thought I needed to use language to impress people.
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One of the most wonderful things in life is diversity. No human is the same; we all come from different backgrounds. With the waves of diverse cultures we see in the ‘melting pot’ we call the United States, we are fortunate to have exposure to many unique people.
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