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"It is often difficult to recognize the multitude of barriers that prevent access to healthcare. It is commonly agreed upon that financial burdens and lack of insurance pose great obstacles. I personally have grown up neglecting to look outside of the lens of my own privilege, but have just started to delve into some of these notions of barriers."
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"As a lifelong student, I felt compelled to find solutions to the theoretical problems I’ve been learning about in the classroom for the past several years. As a young professional, I’ve been searching for a career that allows me to contribute to a scope much larger than myself. I chose to serve with the National Health Corps Pittsburgh to guide my interests, build a network, and improve the care of under-served communities."
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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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"For my first service project at the Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center, I am helping to implement a clinic food pantry to address food insecurity among the clinic’s patient population. I have previously volunteered with organizations that help to increase access to healthy foods for vulnerable populations and those in need. Common barriers to access that I observed while volunteering with these organizations often included transportation, financial, and health-related mobility issues."
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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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