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"I love the Food Bank, and the many different pantries I work with who are meeting urgent needs and helping stabilize communities throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. And, still, my real hope is for the day that every single one of them is obsolete. "
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In meeting with patients, I find myself addressing problems with their housing, mental health, family issues, not having enough food, clothing and many other things. While serving in this capacity, I realized that my role was more than providing health insurance; I am a listening ear and a connection to resources patients never knew existed or need help accessing.
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"At first glance, it may seem like a daunting task to bring public interest to a program, but NHC members have many pillars of support. Through the NHC staff, my fellow team members, and my mentor, we learned to convey the passion that we have for our service in various mediums such as blogs and photos. The NHC team encouraged us to practice our communication skills with each other, and thus we developed the skills to communicate with a wider host of audiences."
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As the year progressed and I gained more knowledge and experience at NSC, I learned to be more composed[.] However, I would not have been able to get there without the help and support of my fellow Health Corps members at NSC, my wonderful supervisor, and the rest of the amazing staff members I am so lucky to work with every day.
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"When it comes to homelessness, as I’ve learned in my short time at Sulzbacher, the problem is not simply about a lack of shelter. The issue lies in the lack of stable housing, lack of job opportunities for individuals with complex histories and health issues, and lack of direction."
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"When I first joined National Health Corps, I was excited for the new perspectives and experiences I would be exposed to, but I had no idea the extent of the web work of opportunities that immediately fell into my grasp. As I began to find my interests as I settled here in Pittsburgh, I had the privilege to explore events and organizations that aligned with my career goals, and much to my surprise, plenty that also sparked new interests. National Health Corps has given me everything I sought out for my year of service; direct contact with local communities, an extensive network for professional development, and unending sources of inspiration."
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