National Health Corps Pittsburgh Blog

What do you do at your site to provide uninsured, underinsured, and underserved patients with community-centered quality health care? My service site, the East Liberty Family Health Care Center, has many resources for patients to utilize both at the center and throughout the community. In addition to patients seeing knowledgeable providers, the center provides health education and practices preventative care...
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What do you do at your site to provide primary and preventative health care services to the medically underserved populations in Allegheny County? Serving with Primary Care Health Services (PCHS), Inc. at the Alma Illery Medical Center, my responsibilities focus on providing and improving access to care for the medically underserved populations...
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How do you see your service experience this year shaping your future? During my service year thus far, I've had the opportunity to learn about and inform others about diabetes. Through this, it has been revealed to me how nutrition and lifestyle are central to chronic disease conditions. In the future, I hope to work in a clinical setting where I can implement nutrition intervention for preventative care...
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What do you do at your site to address the issue of food insecurity? I help to address the issue of food insecurity each day at the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry. The pantry serves nearly 600 households in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood each month by providing them with supplemental or emergency food, as well as social services and support...
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What do you do at your site to improve the health and lives of people in developing countries? I serve at Global Links, an organization that collects sterile, usable medical waste—that would otherwise go into a landfill—from Pittsburgh area hospitals and sends them to developing countries, where medical supplies are scarce...
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What do you do at your site to provide access to health care for the homeless population of Pittsburgh? Throughout the year, Operation Safety Net has outreach teams, which consist of clinical volunteers, medical residents, and medical students, that go out into the different neighborhoods and offer medical care to the homeless population of Pittsburgh. During the winter, Operation Safety Net also has a medical clinic stationed at the severe weather emergency shelter (SWES), allowing our clients to receive medical and/or other various assessments even during severe weather conditions...
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What do you do at your site to improve the health and well-being of youth in the community that you serve? At the UPMC Adolescent Medicine, I serve mainly as a care coordinator in the Service Access for Youth Drop-In Center, which takes place at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC) downtown. After patients receive services, I, as the care coordinator, make sure that efforts are not duplicated amongst the service providers and physicians...
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What do you do at your site to alleviate hunger in the community that you serve? One of the best things we can do for our health and our wallet is to cook, yet processed and fast foods saturate our every day in America. At Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, I educate individuals on good nutrition and provide them the tools to make inexpensive, nutritious meals at home...
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