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:
- Wound care
- Primary Care
- Family Planning and STD screening
- Street Side Health
- Social service referrals
- Case Management
- Education Programs
- HIV risk counseling
- Free HIV/ HEP C Testing
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.