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AHCH has participated in the Summer Learning Service Program of University of Notre Dame for decades. This year we are thrilled to be working with Jimmy Zaarour, a Biology major. During his 8 weeks here with us, he shadowed and experienced all AHCH programs, including administration and development teams. He learned the ins and outs of a Health Care for the Homeless, including working with AHCH AmeriCorps VISTA to organize the 2018 #HealthCarefortheHomelessDay celebration as part of National Health Center Week.
We thank Jimmy for choosing to work with us and appreciate the way this brings us together with Good Shepard Center where Jimmy spends his mornings before completing the day here at AHCH.
Jimmy said working alongside staff in the medical, dental and harm reduction programs is an enriching experience, one that will prepare him for Medical School. Jimmy said the trans-disciplinary approach to health care at AHCH is impressive. At AHCH a person who is experiencing homelessness can receive medical services and see a behavioral health specialist the same day. “I’ve seen some clients have countless medical issues but at the end of the day, they’re still smiling,” said Jimmy. He said working with front line medical staff is educational; however, his favorite program to work with is the Harm Reduction Outreach team. Jimmy accompanies the team during roving outreaches to exchange syringes and provide hygiene products, water and such to people in the community.
Jimmy is an intern in the University of Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns program in which students intern with diverse organizations that serve people living in poverty. His internship includes working alongside staff in the Resource Center, shadowing providers in the Medical and Dental programs, and finally lending a helping hand with the Harm Reduction program and in the open studio with ArtStreet.
Before returning to the University of Notre Dame as a Sophomore, Jimmy will be spending time with his family in Los Angeles. His future endeavors include applying to a research program next year and completing applications to Medical School during his senior year.