Esperanza Center

2019 Week 6: Family Wellness & Services

CHARLIE NGUYEN | EPISCOPAL REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT CENTER ALLIANCE Very often in the context of refugees, immigration, and asylum, society tends to focus on the tragic: forced displacement, deportation, and the violation of human rights in our country that we’ve been made aware of in recent months. Don’t get me…
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2019 Week 5: Family Wellness & Services

EILLEN MARTINEZ | ESPERANZA CENTER “A name is something weightless yet carried forever, like a heartbeat.” -On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong Eyes encased by purple sclera nails bruised indigo gray a tempest sky buried beneath skin lips like they’re thawing from generations in ice this a boy with…
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2019 Featured Blogs

SARAH KIM | IMPACT HUB – Week 6 Sometimes, working at Impact Hub feels like I’m interning at a dozen businesses. There is the Impact Hub Baltimore team, but most of the members there are leading completely different startups and businesses that I’m really just starting to become familiar with….
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2019 Week 4: Family Wellness & Services

EILLEN MARTINEZ | ESPERANZA CENTER At the start of the summer some of my goals were to learn most roles in the clinic, to learn how we could amplify community voices, make new relationships with other folks at Esperanza and in the community. I am now able to hold my…
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Week 3: Family Wellness & Services

CHARLIE NGUYEN | EPISCOPAL REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT CENTER ALLIANCE The idea of “making a difference” is abstract, and it’s something that’s been on my mind since the beginning of this placement. What makes the “Impact” part of the Community Impact Internships Program? And with a broad, national issue like refugee…
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2019 Week 2: Family Services & Wellness

EILLEN MARTINEZ | ESPERANZA CENTER At the Esperanza Center we have a policy stipulating that we only offer medical services to immigrants who have absolutely no other recourse. These are people for whom it is impossible to receive any type of medical insurance in the United States for lack of…
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2019 Week 1: Family Wellness & Services

EILLEN MARTINEZ | ESPERANZA CENTER On Monday, a mother of three comes to see us on her only day off of the week. She’s had piercing headaches for months. With the kids and her job she just hasn’t had time to come in. I tell her she is strong. She…
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2019 Orientation: Family Wellness & Services

FATIMA KAMARA | MOMCARES Week 1: Orientation This was not at all what I was expecting – but in a good way! On Monday morning, I woke up feeling quite anxious about my first day of CIIP and did some deep breathing exercises to ground myself. By the time I…
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2018 Week 6: Healthcare and Health Policy

ANANYA SARKAR | CHASE BREXTON POWER PROJECT On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, I attended a Testing and Linkage to Care training at the Health Department to become a rapid HIV tester. The training was well-organized and insightful and I was able to meet many individuals who were doing…
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2018 Week 5: Healthcare and Health Policy

REAH VASILAKOPOULOS | BALTIMORE HARM REDUCTION COALITION “Opioid overdose crisis: Both common and personal” is Slide 5 of BHRC’s opioid overdose response training. Here, I always stop to recognize for our audience how common and personal overdose can be. It can be painful to revisit or discuss such a sensitive…
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