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Serving at an organization that works endlessly to better the health of mothers, babies, and families has been extremely rewarding and has taught me so much. I am enjoying my experience with the Coalition and helping more babies live to see past their first birthday.
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And while I continue to work through the tough emotions that inevitably surface, I now focus more on the resilience and strength of these individuals ... Now when I communicate with my clients, I strive to actively listen and discuss their health without judgement and assumptions. I try to enter conversations prepared to tackle questions and misunderstandings, and share tools and resources, with the goal of giving back autonomy and empowering my families to access and navigate their own health care here in Philadelphia
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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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