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  1. April 23, 2021

    Care Planning Tips from A Young Adult

    As any young adult or teen knows, our lives are constantly changing. When creating your care plan, think about where you might be a year or two from now, and health concerns associated with those changes.

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  2. April 16, 2021

    Putting the Care into Your Care Plan

    From what I witnessed this past year as part of my volunteer service, it seemed so much of the anguish suffered by the patients and families could have been eased by good care planning. So what are you waiting for? Make a commitment today to be a hero to yourself, to your loved ones and to your healthcare community. Let me offer some observations I’ve made that might help ease you into the process and help you along the way.

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  3. March 29, 2021

    March Volunteer Spotlight: Jessica Jones

    I have been trying to remind others in my community that they are not alone—providing them resources and addressing issues that may affect their health. In the beginning, my motivation was honestly just my passion for helping my community. I also drew motivation from my own experience being a patient and wanting to share my knowledge as much as possible with others so they know they aren't alone and there is help!

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  4. February 22, 2021

    February Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Stabile

    There were many people, including patients and the elderly, who needed help, advice, even just a phone call to see how they are doing and to give reassurance to those living alone. I spent time on the phone arranging meals to be delivered, groceries and pet food to those who could not go out at the beginning of the pandemic. Helping folks understand how to do a zoom call/video call with their doctor gave them much needed comfort.  These challenges forced me to update my advocacy skills so that I could better connect to the heart of my community.

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  5. January 25, 2021

    January Volunteer Spotlight: Rebecca Barnes

    In the beginning of the pandemic, all of us in my community—much like everywhere else—we did not know what to expect. A lot of people lost their jobs and their businesses. That in turn meant losing income, losing insurance, not having enough food. At that time, I was unemployed going through the state unemployment appeals process. It was because of that process that I gained enough knowledge to help others in the area. I got on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media reaching out to the community and even assisted in other states. I was grateful when the people I assisted received the large retroactive pay so that they could pay back rent, mortgage, and bills.

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  6. December 15, 2020

    I was uninsured for 2020. Here's why I chose to #getcovered.

    Never before in my life have I ever had to worry about health insurance. Then came 2020. Over Memorial Day weekend I came down with a minor infection which, while nothing serious, required me to schedule a visit with a physician and pay out-of-pocket for a round of antibiotics that came out to almost $150. In June, after I started running again, an old knee injury started to flare up, but I had to choose to forgo getting it checked to avoid extra expenses. In July, I had to cancel my dental cleaning for a second time, the first one initially canceled in April due to COVID. One morning in August, I woke up with a small fever, and fearing it might be the virus (thankfully it wasn’t), frantically looked up the price of local testing which, while intended to be free of charge, some neighbors had informed me that they had received surprise bills. By September, I worried about the cost of getting a flu shot, was down to my last few pairs of contact lenses, was overdue for my annual eye and general wellness exams and considering seeking counseling for some mild anxiety from the pandemic.

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