National Health Corps Philadelphia Blog

Even in the best of circumstances, health-related work, especially within underserved communities like the ones in which NHC members serve, can be quite challenging. This is something we talked about often during Pre-Service Orientation— the reality that although the service that we are all doing is important, it might not always be immediately apparent when we are “in the trenches.”
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Cultural humility, as opposed to cultural competency, does not require the acquisition of total knowledge of all cultures, but rather an understanding of the ways that cultural upbringings influence our interactions and perceptions of the world. Through practicing cultural humility, cultural difference can become less of a barrier to relationships or service provision, and instead creates space for self-reflection and a continual, reciprocal learning process.
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"My NHC experience, rife with socio-cultural education and community insight, has given me a stronger platform from which to advocate about “change” more broadly. Especially after learning how deeply intertwined social services are with better health outcomes, this service term has significantly bolstered my support in education reform, increased after-school programming, criminal justice reform, restructuring an inadequate healthcare system, and many other causes."
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