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Group Service Projects such as these give me the opportunity to both learn from and connect with my new community in Jacksonville. These outside service opportunities have allowed me to learn more about the issues regarding health access in northeast Florida that impact all age groups. As someone who will be attending medical school after my term of service is over, it is important for me to understand the barriers to access that many people face.
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Substance use disorders are widely misunderstood. The general assumption is that a substance use disorder is simply the result of poor personal choice and a lack of will of the individual suffering from this disease. This assumption is both false and detrimental to the individuals whose lives are drastically altered by a substance use disorder.
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"This is a short example of learning from the bottom up about the systemic inequalities which exist in our healthcare system. It takes much longer than an hour to build a relationship with a patient who has a barrier built on a long history of macro and microaggressions which led to this point. Being an NHC member gives you privileges not available to clinicians with even the purest of motives, such as spending long amounts of time with patients."
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There have been so many stories along the way of how partnerships such as this one, in which both sides have only the best for those they serve in mind, can bring joy, confidence, calmness to those in our community who may not otherwise find it in a dentist’s office.
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All eyes are on this pandemic, as it should be. But the fact of the matter is, life is still happening outside of this. Babies are still being born. People are still having heart attacks. Lives are still being taken by overdoses.
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