National Health Corps Philadelphia Blog

Regular interactions like these remind me that it’s a privilege to be able to prioritize your health. Some of our refugee clients at NSC have lived their entire lives without going to doctor’s appointments regularly, and therefore going to see the doctor is often not a top priority. When seemingly basic aspects of life get in the way, it’s not an easy ask of us when we try to convince our clients to trek across the city to make a follow-up appointment, or even to make a sick visit that, in a client’s opinion, isn’t urgent.
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My undergraduate education in public health provided me with a textbook understanding of holistic healthcare and the impact of social issues on health, but I wanted to see what this meant in reality. So far during the course of my service term as a patient advocate at Health Center 4, I felt as though I’ve received a crash course in the true meaning of social determinants of health.
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