National Health Corps Philadelphia Blog

While preventing disease from happening should remain an overall goal of public health, we must remember that management of disease continues to be of extreme importance. Direct service will always remain a central part of healthcare, and we must strive to meet patients where they are rather than where we think they should be.
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In meeting with patients, I find myself addressing problems with their housing, mental health, family issues, not having enough food, clothing and many other things. While serving in this capacity, I realized that my role was more than providing health insurance; I am a listening ear and a connection to resources patients never knew existed or need help accessing.
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As the year progressed and I gained more knowledge and experience at NSC, I learned to be more composed[.] However, I would not have been able to get there without the help and support of my fellow Health Corps members at NSC, my wonderful supervisor, and the rest of the amazing staff members I am so lucky to work with every day.
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From the start of my NHC term, I’ve been working on how to best integrate myself in the patient’s experience without being seen as adding chores to their health care. Communication has become my best tool in connecting with patients and helping them decide how to best improve their health.
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