local practitioners. Public health concerns like the absence of clean water, the absence of grocery stores, or the absence of safe jobs are to be addressed by local practitioners and public health officials with urgency just as disease epidemics would be addressed with speed.” “I will absolutely recommend the courier program, along with Frontier Nursing University, to friends and family. It was very well organized and fills me with a proud spirit, that people are here in the world doing good things and inspiring others to give back. The world needs to know Appalachia better, and I hope the people I got to know this summer find jobs and earn good money and stay safe, or at least that things pick up in that region a bit. I gained so much and I think it will influence the rest of my career in healthcare, which is why I’ll give credit where credit is due, especially if I continue in nursing.” “I learned that privacy is a difficult thing in rural areas because everyone knows each other, and word gets around! I learned that not only are the people I worked and lived with very religious, but their spiritual beliefs inform their work, including how they treat patients. In such a homogeneous population such as Leslie County, this is a great thing—but cultural competency training is very important for dealing with people from different backgrounds and cultures. I learned that a passion for service and love for fellow people is the common thread among the healthcare providers and other employees I worked with; in these communities, no matter what significant challenges come up, they are always faced with fierce love and creative solutions. I learned so much! It is hard to encapsulate it all.”
Join us in welcoming our new VISTA member to the Courier Program! We are excited to host a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer for the 2016-2017 year. Kiersten White will be assisting the Courier Program with programming, community relations, recruitment, health education and more! Kiersten received a BA in Theatre from Millikin University in 2016. From 20142016, she served as a Stage Manager at Kirkland Fine Arts Center in Decatur, IL. Over the past four years, she has had the opportunity to sing in eight European countries with the Sound of America Honor Chorus and the Berea College Concert Choir. Within the next five years, Kiersten hopes to move west to pursue her Masters in Arts Administration and open up her own theatre to work with children from lower income areas.
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