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One of the recurring themes throughout the year has been growth. As I mentioned, I lived the typical, busy college student schedule before entering the service term. Once I started serving at my host site, I realized that this was no longer needed to feel “accomplished” or “busy”. Sometimes a complicated fifteen-minute encounter trying to help a patient who is uninsured, speaks a different language than me, and has just heard a life altering diagnosis of diabetes is enough to exhaust someone. There was not a textbook or syllabus to guide in these interactions, so I quickly had to grow and be confident I could do my part efficiently and correctly.
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Focusing on the process rather than just completing tasks in position descriptions helped me feel more connected and purposeful in my role. And it’s pretty simple: spending time getting to know clients through conversation or learning basic greetings in their language, or connecting with case managers to address together the hardships families are facing.
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"With recent news of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many other innocent black lives lost to racism, systemic inequities, and police brutality, it is now more important than ever to practice anti-racism. Simply being “not racist” is not enough. White people have benefitted from the systemic inequities and racism that is the foundation of the United States i.e. White Privilege (Collins, 2018)."
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How do I even begin discussing all these risk factors to a first-time mom without scaring her? I reflected on the training I received on motivational interviewing and empathy — How would I want this information to be shared with me if I was in her shoes?
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Although in these times, it is difficult to stay motivated and stay true to my personal mission statement, I find it is helpful to remind myself of why I do what I do. In the same way, I hope to encourage my clients to find their inner motivations for engaging in healthy behaviors. To end, I have included my personal mission statement in hopes that you, too, will take a minute to think about yours.
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