The Columbia University Summer Public Health Scholars Program ( Sphsp )

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Prior to my experience in the Columbia University Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP), I simply wanted to “help people”. This broad and shallow reason for my pursuit of a medical degree has since been redefined.
My pursuit of a medical degree is greatly strengthened by the Columbia University Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP). During the SPHSP the program exposed us to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and my eyes were opened to unique way help people. I admired the measures that FQHCs put in place to effectively serve a population of people that, under normal circumstances, would not be able pursue healthcare. FQHCs aligned closely to the sense of equity that I began to develop as I was exposed to communities suffering from health disparities. I deeply admire the defining characteristics of FQHCs; the sliding scale pay system, how the demographics of the community were reflected in their staff, and their involvement in the community to implement preventative measures. I became aware to the socio-economic, and environmental factors that play vital roles in a person’s overall wellbeing. One of which is the availability and affordability of healthy food choices have a direct impact on diabetes in a community. I now understand that medicine is interconnected with various elements of society. Being able to see communities racially similar to the one I grew up in, benefit from the FQHCs, shaped my broad motive to “help people” into a passion which…

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