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"I serve as the coordinator for the Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) which consists of 2 patient rooms and most other aspects of a primary care office squished into an RV. The goal of the MMU is to offer primary care services to populations who commonly struggle with access to consistent, quality healthcare. The MMU partners with a homeless shelter that has the capacity to house around 250 individuals. Through my interactions with the patients at this site, it’s evident that there are multiple barriers this population faces including reliable, consistent communication and transportation. The MMU succeeds in overcoming a number of these obstacles, but I’ve realized that addressing access is only half the battle in providing comprehensive, competent care to individuals experiencing homelessness."
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"So I serve at my host site. I connect others with resources they can use to improve their own health. Then I go home. I run. I read. I learn French. I finally make that dentist appointment. Not to meet any expectations, or because this will help me better the world, but because these actions make me a happier, healthier person."
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"At my host site, the Birmingham Free Clinic, the staff members and I often find ourselves saying, 'Just another day at Birmingham.' Serving at Birmingham has normalized the creative and out-of-the-box thinking that healthcare delivery frequently requires."
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"As the Maternal and Child Health Care Coordinator at the UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center (which operates within the IMPLICIT Network), my primary role is to provide ICC case management to improve maternal and infant health. When a woman screens positive for one of the four risk factors, I provide health education to motivate behavior change, address barriers, and build meaningful relationships. I frequently encounter mothers who smoke, and in those situations, I utilize the 5 A’s model for smoking counseling: ask, advise, assess, assist, and arrange."
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"During the first few weeks of service at my host site, I embarked on my first project — contacting patients who were due for their routine cancer screenings and vaccinations. I called patients on the phone to tell them that they were due for a mammogram, colonoscopy, dexa scan, or pap smear and asked them if they would like to schedule an appointment to complete the screening. In approaching outreach in this manner, many patients declined — particularly when they were due for a colonoscopy."
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