Emma is currently serving as a Wellness Coordinator at Family Care Health Centers (FCHC), a beloved health care center in St. Louis, providing comprehensive holistic primary health care for those who may otherwise not have access to services because of economic status or lack of insurance. For several years, Loretto Volunteers have worked in this dynamic position alongside skilled doctors and staff with opportunities to create projects unique to their healthcare interests. Past projects include: planning wellness fairs highlighting good nutrition and dental care, one-on-one counseling with patients including behavioral assessments, living wills, family planning as well as re-designing educational and group activities for parents and children. Learn more about Emma's great work at FCHC below!
My work at Family Care Health Center is as diverse as the clinic itself! Family Care strives to provide wholesome and unique care for each patient, and my job is to help with the programs and projects of the clinic to make that happen. As someone interested in pursuing public health work, this position has already taught me a lot about how health clinics work and healthcare in general.
On any given day I may be meeting with patients, designing patient education materials, or planning community outreach events...sometimes all in the same day! Some of my favorite work so far has meeting with older patients about their living wills and meeting with female patients for birth control counseling. I also loved helping run a luncheon for breast cancer and domestic violence awareness for our female patients – it was really empowering! I do not always know what is in store for me at work, but the work is always rewarding.