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"We are proud of the effort contributed by each and every member of the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps Program. The community of Jacksonville is also very fortunate to have such caring organizations and individuals willing to spend their time taking care of those in need in the community."
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"As a Patient Navigator on Squirrel Hill Health Center’s mobile medical unit, I travel to areas of Pittsburgh that are home to some of our city’s most underserved populations. In any given two-week period, we visit two neighborhoods of predominantly Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees, two predominantly Spanish-speaking neighborhoods, a behavioral health center, an opioid addiction recovery center, and an old Pittsburgh steel community. Each of these sites is located in an area of the county where access to primary care services is severely limited."
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"One thing that has become progressively evident, is how easy it can be as a healthcare worker, to oversimplify someone else’s barriers to appropriate care. At surface level, it seems easy; if someone does not have insurance, then connect them to insurance, if someone does not have transportation, then give them bus passes. However, while we currently live in a society that values efficiency and clear answers, healthcare is not an area where one size fits all. Serving at Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center (PMFHC) has shown me how important it is to work with the patient to find the most comprehensive, patient-centered solution to the barrier, rather than commandeering the situation with a solution you think is the best."
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Regular interactions like these remind me that it’s a privilege to be able to prioritize your health. Some of our refugee clients at NSC have lived their entire lives without going to doctor’s appointments regularly, and therefore going to see the doctor is often not a top priority. When seemingly basic aspects of life get in the way, it’s not an easy ask of us when we try to convince our clients to trek across the city to make a follow-up appointment, or even to make a sick visit that, in a client’s opinion, isn’t urgent.
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"Today I’m interviewing my site supervisor, Valerie Eldridge-Bratsch, Healthy Start program manager at the Florida Department of Health in Nassau County. Valerie was an NHC Florida member in 2012-2013 and now oversees the Healthy Start program. We will be discussing how NHC AmeriCorps members benefit the community."
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