Dear friends and family,
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, I will be running in the 2019 Pittsburgh EQT 10 Miler Race for a cause that is very near and dear to my heart- Connections4Health (C4H)!
The social, environmental, and financial factors that influence health are increasingly recognized for having a significant, and measurable, impact on mental and physical health status, access to health services and ability to practice a healthy lifestyle. Issues such as the difficulty with medication adherence because someone lacks enough food to take with pills, or treating asthma while a person lives in poor housing conditions exist outside of the exam room. Evidence suggests that addressing these “social determinants of health” in the clinical setting improves health status and helps reach health targets.
C4H is a social services help desk that trains studen volunteers to help patients address the broader social factors that influence health such as employment, food security, and housing.
C4H is designed specifically to be financially accessible to clinics with fewer resources, and serves to educate both future medical professionals and current medical providers on addressing the social determinants of health -- while providing personnel to assist with this goal.
As a former C4H Fellow, I had the opportunity to learn directly from patients themselves about their lives and challenges they faced to manage illnesses, pay bills, find enough food for their families, and more. I am grateful to the patients that I worked with and to C4H for reaffirming my commitment to work with underserved populations in public health.
The money that I raise this week will be used by the C4H team to expand to new locations throughout Pittsburgh!
Please join me in supporting a great cause and give if you are able. And, please think of me on Saturday, November 2 as I knock out 10 miles!