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Seeing Beyond Labels: Recognizing the Humanity of Marginalized Individuals in Richmond, VA

By |2018-01-30T11:09:39-04:00January 30th, 2018|

Interning at the Health Brigade in Richmond, Virginia expanded my perspective of both poverty and charity by challenging me to see how various factors and situations may interact, creating a vicious cycle of poverty rooted in inadequate access to healthcare. I recall a memorable line on the Health Brigade’s website: “We are committed to serving [...]

Speakers Announced for Symposium on Criminal Justice, Poverty, and Race

By |2017-07-16T14:55:13-04:00May 3rd, 2017|

Lexington, VA -- Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University; James Forman, Jr., Professor of Law at Yale University; and Robin Steinberg, Director of the Bronx Defenders, will be the principal speakers at the 2017 Shepherd Consortium symposium on Monday, July 31. This event will be held at the Marshall Hall, Center [...]

Holistic Healthcare Transcends Medicine

By |2017-01-26T11:51:20-04:00January 26th, 2017|

"Medical treatment is not enough; we must also consider how to relieve a patient’s psychosocial situation to improve and sustain their health," writes Roberts. As an aspiring physician, my summer working as a social service intern at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia, will forever impact my views of health care and [...]