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The PULSE of my territory

Thank you for joining my very first blog. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences as a GSK PULSE volunteer with you.  I am so honored to be a part of a program that allows me to give back to the community.

I have spent the majority of my GSK career in Philadelphia and it was important to me to do my PULSE assignment in this community. When I first got Philadelphia as my territory, I remember being horrified at all the suffering I would see on a daily basis but soon homelessness, poverty and drug abuse became a normal part of my work day. After awhile it felt as though  I became immune to peoples’ suffering as I drove past them on my way to the next physicians’ office. Now as PULSE volunteer, I will have the opportunity to make a difference.

I am ecstatic to be working for Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP) as a PULSE volunteer.  PPP is a multi-service public health organization dedicated to reducing the harm associated with drug use and sex work. Using a harm reduction strategy, PPP, is one of two agencies in the Pennsylvania (the others is in Pittsburg) targeting these populations. The agency uses a harm reduction philosophy to provide health and social services in a non-judgmental, culturally sensitive manner to over 6,100 people a year.

In the basement of a nondescript building on Lehigh Avenue with a very teeny tiny budget PPP provides the following:

  

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MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Wound care
  • Primary Care
  • Vaccines
  • Family Planning and STD screening
  • Street Side Health

 

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  • Social service referrals
  • Case Management
  • Education Programs
  • HIV risk counseling
  • Free HIV/ HEP C Testing

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SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

    • Clean injection supplies
    • Free safe disposal of needles
    • Wound care kits
    • Counseling resources
    • Mobile exchange sites

It is amazing that an agency that has a staff of less than 15 people can offer so many services. I am so excited to be a part of their team during my assignment and am looking forward to sharing my experience with all of you.