National Health Corps Pittsburgh Blog

This year, a few of our National Health Corps members participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Challenge. The purpose is to simulate shopping for food on $30/week budget while encountering the barriers of maintaining adequate nutrition. See what two members have to say about the experience!
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Stephanie DeLong is a Nutrition Educator at the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry.Over the last two months, she has learned about pantry operations, food policies, and creating nutrition education material. However, the most valuable experience she has gained from her site has been seeing the effects of food insecurity.
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Emily Kilbourn-Shear is serving as the Maternal Child Health Coordinator at UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center. During her first two months here, she has developed her own personal toolkit on how to approach her position, which she will be able to utilize throughout her career.
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Hannah Balder serves as the Youth Outreach and Care Coordinator at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health. In her initial weeks as an AmeriCorps member, she has reflected on how to measure impact in terms of small victories rather than the outcomes of every client served.
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Elise Augustine is serving as an Outreach Coordinator with the Multiple Sclerosis Society. In her service thus far, she has found breaking down barriers for individuals with multiple sclerosis to be rewarding and finds value in the collaboration with other local organizations.
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Erica Bryson serves with the Allegheny County Health Department in the Chronic Disease Prevention and Maternal & Child Health branches. Her role as an outreach coordinator has allowed her to see the potential in collaboration among other health corps members similarly to the interdisciplinary aspect of the public health field.
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Mike Benton serves as the Patient Navigator for the Mobile Medical Unit at Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center. While he assists with patient intake and the coordination of necessary care, he has learned that there are two perspectives on medical care: one of the medical professional, the other from the patient.
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