National Health Corps Pittsburgh Blog

Has your experience with the Pittsburgh Health Corps (PHC) thus far helped you with your future aspirations? Yes, being a member of PHC has helped me realize how much I want to become a physician someday. I see the passion my mentors have for reducing disparities and for fixing systemic problems in healthcare. Through my experience with the PHC thus far, I am realizing that the issues I am passionate about can be feasibly solved, and as a physician I can act as an ally to create change...
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March is Healthy Future month. How are you creating a healthy future for the community that you serve? I have recently started the Health & Wellness classes for patients at the East Liberty Family Health Care Center. Through these classes, patients are able to learn tips and tricks on a variety of topics, such as healthy eating on a budget, heart health, and easy ways to add exercise into their daily lives...
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What are you up to now? I am currently working as an In-Person Assister for the Affordable Care Act. Did your AmeriCorps experience have any influence on what you are doing today? Absolutely! During my time serving, I compiled information about the Affordable Care Act to share with people with Multiple Sclerosis. When I was interviewed for this position as an In-Person Assister, not only were my employers happy that I was knowledgable about the reform, but they also made a point to acknowledge my year with AmeriCorps...
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March is Healthy Future month. How are you creating a healthy future for the community that you serve? At my host site (Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center, Inc.), I've been able to co-lead our Health Insurance Certified Application Counselor project. I am a Certified Application Counselor and have thus far planned three enrollment events in Pittsburgh...
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What are you up to now? I am currently working as an Associate Family Services Worker with the Prince William County Department of Social Services in Manassas, Virginia. I work in the Permanency Dept., which includes Child Protection Services Treatment and Adoption cases...
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What endeavors/projects have you partaken in recently at your site? While many of our clients at the Great Pittsburgh Community Food Bank want to eat more fruits and vegetables, they often lack knowledge about how to cook and eat such produce. Thus, I am currently creating a produce guide for the member agencies and clients, in hopes that people will overcome this hurdle and strive for a healthier life style...
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What do you do at your site to provide quality health care for the uninsured, underinsured, and underserved populations? The East Liberty Family Health Care Center is dedicated to making sure each self-pay patient’s eligibility is accessed for health benefits, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act and SNAP. As a Pittsburgh Health Corps member and Social Services Coordinator at the center, I help patients enroll in health care coverage and help patients submit and follow up with their applications for other services, like SNAP...
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