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“My status as an outsider and stranger complicates an already difficult process of asking clients intimate questions about their medical and personal history. By affording clients as much agency as possible in our interactions, such as by adopting a harm-reduction approach to conversations about sexual activity and drug use, I collaborate with clients to begin the process of building up their autonomy in a carceral environment where it is regularly denied.”
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"We have had many great training together as National Health Corps members, but one in particular really fostered our togetherness as a group as well as our connection with those we serve. Mario Browne, the director of the Office of Health Sciences Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh, was scheduled to talk about cultural competency and awareness. I anticipated his training to be straight-forward and lecture-style as that is how most training goes. I was pleasantly surprised when he sat down in the circle with us and became a part of our group."
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"Recently I asked our twenty-seven Members who were actively serving during Irma if there was anyone in particular who deserved a shout out. On behalf of all of us here are twenty-seven people, places, and things that we want to recognize for going above and beyond during a time of crisis."
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"Sorority girls, soldiers, retired businessmen, and National Health Corps members all serving together, not because we had to be there, but because we wanted to make a stranger’s day better by giving them a meal - and that is worth waking up early for on a Saturday."
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