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Through her current service as a Patient Advocate, Erica sheds some light on the stigma surrounding homelessness and the difficulties faced by the homeless population in the Northeast Florida community. Her role may be to help patients get the medications they need to help manage their chronic diseases, but she understands that no matter how many patients she helps to get medication, this is only a small part of the services a person may need to not even overcome, but manage his or her situation.
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March is Healthy Future month. How are you creating a healthy future for the community that you serve? I have recently started the Health & Wellness classes for patients at the East Liberty Family Health Care Center. Through these classes, patients are able to learn tips and tricks on a variety of topics, such as healthy eating on a budget, heart health, and easy ways to add exercise into their daily lives...
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What are you up to now? I am currently working as an In-Person Assister for the Affordable Care Act. Did your AmeriCorps experience have any influence on what you are doing today? Absolutely! During my time serving, I compiled information about the Affordable Care Act to share with people with Multiple Sclerosis. When I was interviewed for this position as an In-Person Assister, not only were my employers happy that I was knowledgable about the reform, but they also made a point to acknowledge my year with AmeriCorps...
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March is Healthy Future month. How are you creating a healthy future for the community that you serve? At my host site (Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center, Inc.), I've been able to co-lead our Health Insurance Certified Application Counselor project. I am a Certified Application Counselor and have thus far planned three enrollment events in Pittsburgh...
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NFHC member, Han Lee, joined AmeriCorps to help be a solution to the issues faced by society when it comes to our healthcare system, but he wasn't expecting to create the bonds he has with some of his patients. Read his blog as Han shares an emotional story about an accidental opportunity that arose, which allowed him to connect further with a group of men he serves as well as grow personally and professionally.
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"For some, joining AmeriCorps is an easy decision. It’s an amazing opportunity to work in a potential field of interest and give back to your community. But for others, like me, I was terrified. But I decided to take the leap into the unknown, knowing that no matter what happened, this experience would teach me more about my city, how to help others and about myself."
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What are you up to now? I am currently working as an Associate Family Services Worker with the Prince William County Department of Social Services in Manassas, Virginia. I work in the Permanency Dept., which includes Child Protection Services Treatment and Adoption cases...
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