My Experience With The Emergency Preparedness System

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I was diagnosed with tuberculosis at the age of fifteen. I had just arrived in the U.S. after having lived as a refugee in the Philippines, where the disease was prevalent. Though I was prescribed with nine months of antibiotic treatment, I was thankful that at least I did not have the scar on my parents’ shoulders, a result of smallpox vaccinations which I once believed marked them as “Vietnamese boat refugees.” Throughout my treatment, my pharmacist made a great impact toward my wellbeing. She was available to answer questions without appointments and strictly encouraged each visit. She stressed how important taking my antibiotics was, and taught me about how resistance to the antibiotic can reduce the effectiveness of the medicine. I would …show more content…
My internship with the Seattle Emergency Preparedness Program showed me the lack of trust that the underserved demographic have for their healthcare professionals. As an intern, I went out to Vietnamese communities and trained them how to perform CPR. Being fluent in Vietnamese, I created a mini conversation with one of the Vietnamese elderly. She appreciated that I spoke Vietnamese because she comfortably said what she needed to say and easily opened up to me. We came across differences in cultural beliefs and how she trusts traditional medicine more than western medicine. She would rather depend on self-care than entrust her life with someone she doesn’t closely know and might mistakenly impair her health. Similarly, my dad also lost his trust in healthcare professionals when he saw little improvement after taking a prescribed medication. He doubts the effectiveness of the treatment and still smokes heavily despite what his doctor suggests. If given the opportunity, I want to work as a clinical pharmacist and collaborate with other healthcare specialists to find effective ways of educating each patient. I worry whether patients get the most positive outcomes from their therapy. It is a common misconception that simply taking the prescribed medications will cure everything. People misunderstand that improving one’s health involves not just the consumption of medicines, but a change in lifestyle. I want to reduce this misunderstanding by paying attention to every individual’s needs and giving each patient the health plan that is best for them. Hence trust is a significant aspect to positive therapeutic outcomes because I was cured of tuberculosis, thanks to my close cooperation with my doctor and

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