National Health Corps Pittsburgh Blog

How do you see your service experience this year shaping your future? During my service year thus far, I've had the opportunity to learn about and inform others about diabetes. Through this, it has been revealed to me how nutrition and lifestyle are central to chronic disease conditions. In the future, I hope to work in a clinical setting where I can implement nutrition intervention for preventative care...
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What do you do at your site to address the issue of food insecurity? I help to address the issue of food insecurity each day at the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry. The pantry serves nearly 600 households in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood each month by providing them with supplemental or emergency food, as well as social services and support...
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What do you do at your site to improve the health and lives of people in developing countries? I serve at Global Links, an organization that collects sterile, usable medical waste—that would otherwise go into a landfill—from Pittsburgh area hospitals and sends them to developing countries, where medical supplies are scarce...
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What do you do at your site to provide access to health care for the homeless population of Pittsburgh? Throughout the year, Operation Safety Net has outreach teams, which consist of clinical volunteers, medical residents, and medical students, that go out into the different neighborhoods and offer medical care to the homeless population of Pittsburgh. During the winter, Operation Safety Net also has a medical clinic stationed at the severe weather emergency shelter (SWES), allowing our clients to receive medical and/or other various assessments even during severe weather conditions...
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What do you do at your site to improve the health and well-being of youth in the community that you serve? At the UPMC Adolescent Medicine, I serve mainly as a care coordinator in the Service Access for Youth Drop-In Center, which takes place at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC) downtown. After patients receive services, I, as the care coordinator, make sure that efforts are not duplicated amongst the service providers and physicians...
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What do you do at your site to alleviate hunger in the community that you serve? One of the best things we can do for our health and our wallet is to cook, yet processed and fast foods saturate our every day in America. At Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, I educate individuals on good nutrition and provide them the tools to make inexpensive, nutritious meals at home...
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What do you do at your site to encourage the development of healthy families? At Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center (FACE), I serve on the prevention team, and focus on HIV/AIDS. In order to encourage the development of healthy families, I am currently training to conduct Be Proud! Be Responsible! workshops, which are centered around HIV prevention for teens and young adults...
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What do you do at your site to provide high quality health care for those in need? The Birmingham Free Clinic offers an integrative approach to health care, making sure to take care of all aspects of our patient’s health. For instance, we offer different specialty clinics, including a vision clinic with Guerilla Eye Services and Mission Vision...
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