National Health Corps Pittsburgh Blog

What was your most memorable moment while serving at your site? Could you briefly describe it? As I was readying cooking demonstration supplies on the street curb, a boy who had been at several of my demonstrations waved to me and asked me what I was making that day. It was a small gesture, but it meant a lot to me. I felt as though I had been accepted by that boy as an ally...
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Was there a challenging moment at your site that you had to overcome? How'd you overcome it and what did you learn from it? I taught Kids Cook lessons at one after school program and that was a very challenging experience for me. The students there were extremely unruly, even with the staff assisting me. At first, I had a lot of trouble with this and got anxious before each lesson. But despite the craziness at the beginning of each lesson, I decided to connect with students more on an individual level by talking one-on-one with them, while they were in their small groups...
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Was there a specific event/experience at your site that allowed you to directly and positively impact a patient's life through your service?Although the Birmingham Clinic is able to provide a multitude of services for our patients, we are still limited to a certain extent. For example, we had a hypertensive patient referred to our cardiology clinic and through a routine work up they discovered that he needed cardiothoracic surgery quite urgently. However, the physicians were unable to move forward since he was uninsured...
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What's your most favorite memory of the Pittsburgh Health Corps (PHC) thus far and why? My favorite memory of this year with the PHC was the exposure to service opportunities outside of my host site (UPMC Shadyside Health Center). For instance, I volunteered at an event with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for an event to raise hunger awareness...
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How has your experience with the Pittsburgh Health Corps (PHC) thus far helped you with your future aspirations? Having joined the PHC and accepting a position at my host site, Global Links, I have been given the opportunity to not only understand why improvement of public health is both necessary and important, but have also been given the opportunity to explore the realm of environmental stewardship and conservation, which is the second mission here at Global Links...
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How has your experience with the Pittsburgh Health Corps (PHC) thus far helped you with your future aspirations? I believe being a member of the Pittsburgh Health Corps has solidified my decision to enter the medical field. Additionally, spending my year as a PHC member in a free clinic (Birmingham Free Clinic) has encouraged me to continuously think outside of the box, in order to help our patients, who experience limited access to healthcare...
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