National Health Corps Pittsburgh Blog

"Friday, November 17th was the official beginning of the 2017-18 Pennsylvania High School winter sports season. It is also the beginning of something much more. Arguably the most competitive state in the nation, Pennsylvania has a very deeply-understood culture around the sport of wrestling. Individuals from all over the state are now officially beginning their training. What this often looks like is students wearing trash bags, layers upon layers of clothing, spitting into empty bottles to lose minute amounts of water from their body and starving themselves to get to a ridiculously low weight. Historically, these actions were accepted norms and continue to be thought of as an integral part of the sport, resulting in a negative impact on the health of wrestlers."
  • twitter
  • fb
  • email

"When I realized I could not explain preventative health screenings in a way that patients would understand, I consulted my mentors. I thought back to one of our first trainings with Becky Carpenter of the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Center. She spoke about the current state of literacy in Allegheny County and how low health literacy can be a barrier that patients faced when interacting with the healthcare system. We discussed how low health literacy could appear during a typical office visit: not completing check-in questionnaires, difficulty understanding visit summary/diagnosis papers, or misunderstanding prescriptions and how and when to take them."
  • twitter
  • fb
  • email

"A Thanksgiving Distribution is an annual event organized by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Clinical & Translational Science Institute. This year, the event took place on Saturday, November 18 and provided 700 families from southwest Pennsylvania with the ingredients needed to prepare a Thanksgiving meal. The event also held a Health and Human Services Village where families could receive health screenings and information from various human services organizations including Center for Victims, Tobacco Free Allegheny, and Mission Vision. 450 volunteers, vendors, and staff members helped make the event a success."
  • twitter
  • fb
  • email

"I recently contacted the father of an adolescent patient who was overdue for a wellness examination at the Squirrel Hill Health Center (SHHC). I was attempting to schedule the patient for an appointment, but was met with a few obstacles as the father grew frustrated, largely due to the language and cultural barriers between us. The patient’s father was non-English speaking, and we were communicating through an interpreter. In our exchanges, there were numerous words in the English language that did not directly translate to the father’s language, which made the process all the more challenging. As our struggles with communication continued, I took a moment to step back and reflect on the situation and soon realized the father was simply trying to do something that I often take for granted, which was to obtain the best possible health care for his child."
  • twitter
  • fb
  • email

"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."
  • twitter
  • fb
  • email

by Jack Hayes "As the patient navigator, I assisted the patient with making an appointment and printed out a map and a bus schedule. A few days later, the patient came back into Birmingham, and he excitedly ran up to me to reflect on his his experience at the Positive Clinic. He was ecstatic that a multidisciplinary group of providers was able to give him such holistic care. He began to express his happiness with his new care and his gratitude for the Birmingham Clinic for assisting him in the process."
  • twitter
  • fb
  • email

by Shelby Davis On my first day of service, I was a little nervous to meet with my mentor. I had only met Julie once before and that was during my initial interview with Global Links. I was intimidated by her at first, and I was afraid that our personalities wouldn't mesh. Julie seemed to be on the extroverted side, and I am a shy person. But, I loved the mission of Global Links right from the beginning and I knew I wanted to be part of the organization. Unbeknownst to me, I would soon realize that first impressions aren’t everything. My mentor has become a great resource, colleague and friend. I am very excited for the journey that lies ahead. This year of service is going to be an amazing learning opportunity for me.
  • twitter
  • fb
  • email

by Allie Hamilton I was running late on Tuesday, August 29th as I parked my car and ran from the parking garage to the Allegheny County Health Department building in my flip flops and dress clothes. Standing in front of the building’s steps, I took my heels out of my backpack and traded them out for the flip flops on my feet. Having just one minute to spare, I took a deep breath and walked into my first day of Pre Service Orientation (PSO) with the National Health Corps Pittsburgh.
  • twitter
  • fb
  • email

Pages