During SHECP Talks, invite guests who are or have been part of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, to share valuable insights, experiences, and lessons they have learned throughout their time with SHECP.
Expertise in the Field: Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
A conversation about the power of language to improve programming, alter narratives, and support dignity in the food assistance network
Listen in as Tyler Herman and Robin Swecker from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB) discuss the power of language to improve programming, alter public and internal narratives, and support dignity in the food assistance network. Tyler is the Director of Partner Engagement for BRAFB and Robin is the Partner Engagement Manager for the Shenandoah Valley.
Last November, SHECP hosted a Springboard series event to discuss how the language surrounding poverty influences and complicates our daily work and is addressed in various fields of study. Click here to watch the recording and learn more about the panelists. This podcast extends this discussion from the classroom to discussion happening with community partners and individuals these partners are hoping to reach.
During the podcast, Tyler and Robin focus on how changes in the language used at BRAFB (and by their many partner agencies) have impacted which individuals choose to participate in services and how agencies like BRAFB communicate with a wide array of audiences, including community members, individuals in need of assistance, government agencies, funders, and researchers.
Intern Insights: Zionne McCrear, BSC
On this episode of SHECP Talks, Zionne McCrear, a senior at Birmingham-Southern talks about her work with the Cleveland Clinic this past summer.
The Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit medical center known for their cardiovascular work. The Cleveland Clinic is composed of multiple hospitals around the world; however, Zionne spent her summer in Cleveland, Ohio. Zionne speaks on her work with the Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital where she shadowed doctors as they cared for patients. Over the course of the eight weeks, Zionne gained experience with the basic operations of a hospital as she followed her mentors taking vitals, examining patients, prescribing medicine, and completing charts.
When not interacting with doctors at the Lutheran Hospital, Zionne aided professionals at the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program in Cleveland as well. The Diabetes Prevention Program provides patients with access to diabetes education to revamp their diets, engage in exercise, and so much more.
In the episode, Zionne describes how surprising it was to see how many barriers there are in the medical field. Serving a largely Spanish-speaking population, McCrear recognizes that language is a huge barrier for adequate treatment. As an aspiring woman in medicine, Zionne was motivated by the doctors who considered a patient’s economic status to give the best possible treatments and solutions. She discusses how the doctors considered a patient’s ability to pay for medicine before prescribing it to their patients. Reflecting on her internship, Zionne addresses how her participation in the diabetes prevention program prepared her for the challenges surrounding community engagement as a leader in medicine and the best way to offer resources to patients.
McCrear expressed the importance of the insight she gained for her future goals and advices students considering a SHECP internship to, “have your expectations going into an internship, but also be intentional about staying open minded in order to maximize this opportunity!”
For more information about topics Zionne discusses:
The Cleveland Clinic – The Cleveland Clinic is the world’s first integrated international health system. With more than 65,000 caregivers worldwide, Cleveland Clinic has almost 6 million patient visits per year, at more than 200 locations. The Cleveland Clinic has pioneered carious medical breakthroughs, including the coronary artery bypass surgery. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/
YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – As a section of the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, the non-profit’s Diabetes Prevention Program introduces wellness topics in a classroom setting to encourage participants to explore healthy eating, physical activity and behavioral changes that can benefit their health. The 12-month group-based diabetes education program consists of at least 16 sessions over the span of many months. The program is led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar health and wellness goals.
Intern Insights: Noah Cady, VMI
In this episode of SHECP Talks, Noah Cady, a first-class (or Senior to the rest of us) at the Virginia Military Institute, discusses his 2022 internship with the Food Bank of South Jersey.
Expertise in the Field: Gerald ”Bo” King
A conversation about working at the intersection of poverty and justice
Gerald “Bo” King, Federal Public Defender and Chief of the Fourth Circuit Capital Habeas Unit, he discusses fighting for justice within the realities of our court system. Bo previously worked for the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama and Atlanta Legal Aid Society and will talk about how he saw both poverty and place play a role in his work.
Faculty Voices: Dr. Rachel Terman, Ohio University
A conversation about teaching with a course with a strong sense of place with Dr. Rachel Terman from Ohio University
Dr. Terman joins us to talk about her current class, “Sociology of Appalachia,” the strong history and sense of community in the area, cultural assumptions about the area, and looking at region with an asset mindset.
Faculty Voices: Dr. Ellen Prusinski, Centre College
A conversation about innovative course design with Dr. Ellen Prusinski from Centre College
Dr. Ellen Prusinski joins us to talk about her current class, “Education Policy and Social Change,” why she values incorporating community-based learning into your coursework, and some of her current research that has roots in a previous class project.