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Imagine that you only have 30 seconds to tell your children how much you love them. What would you say? NFHC member, Britteny (the Healthy Start Projects & Care Coordinator at the Florida Department of Health in Baker County), meets with incarcerated women, for whom this question is a reality. Through this blog, you can get a glimpse of the issues incarcerated women face when it comes to parenting and the steps Britteny is taking to address such concerns.
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Since April is recognized as National STI Awareness Month, the Get Yourself Tested campaign kicked off on April 1st this year to address the sky-high rates of sexually transmitted infections by encouraging young people to get tested. Chicago Health Corps members Brynn, Caitlin, Marissa, and Whitney at Erie Family Health Center not only incorporate information on STIs into their sexual health education curriculum, but have also launched their own adolescent health campaign.
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In this blog post, member Kerby Rauscher discusses how she sees healthy futures being encouraged in Philadelphia, through a Healthy Living Block Party, the Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service, and her very own patient interactions.
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"When I reflect on my own sexual health education in high school, I remember very little. I do however recall my teacher fitting a condom over her arm— telling us to “not ever let a guy tell you he’s too big to wear a condom,”—but that was the extent of my education. It was up to us to figure out the rest on our own, either through our parents (if we were lucky) or friends."
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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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