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While serving at the Nationalities Service Center, member Megan O'Brien works with newly-arrived refugee families to make sure they gain an understanding and access to American healthcare. In this blog post, Megan describes some of her daily tasks and reflects on why her service has been so rewarding.
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Healthy lifestyles usually emphasize taking care of our bodies or maintaining a certain physical appearance. We often overlook the impact that our mental health can have in our day-to-day lives. People experiencing depression or anxiety tend to smile less, and at CDPH School-Based Oral Health, we’re all about educating students to ensure they have healthy, happy, smiles.
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How has your experience with the Pittsburgh Health Corps helped you gain your current job position? My service year with the Pittsburgh Health Corps, specifically my host site the National MS Society (NMSS), has allowed me to grow professionally and personally. As part of my first project at the NMSS, I created a PowerPoint about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to share with MS patients, which was a challenging task at the time because parts of the law were still changing...
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How has your service year with the Pittsburgh Health Corps (PHC) thus far helped you solidify your future aspirations? I believe that my service year with the PHC will help me smoothly transition into medical school this upcoming fall 2014, because my service year thus far has given me much exposure to the medical field. By serving at my host site, the National MS Society, I have gained much insight into the different medications and treatment options for MS, built close relationships with many patients, and witnessed the positive impact medicine plays in the community...
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NFHC AmeriCorps member, Maddy Spahr, learns firsthand the impact that AmeriCorps members have on the Jacksonville community and how each member is striving toward the same mission of increasing access to healthcare by creating a network of services that can be utilized by our underserved populations. Read this blog for an amazing story of two women's whose lives were touched by multiple AmeriCorps members!
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What do you do at your site to provide primary and preventative medical care services to the populations you serve? The Squirrel Hill Health Center (SHHC) provides low-cost medical care to underserved populations across Southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition to having a primary care clinic in Squirrel Hill/Homestead, the SHHC also operates a "Mobile Unit," which travels to various underserved areas in Pittsburgh to help alleviate some barriers of accessing medical care for many of our patients...
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