Pounding the Pavement

Pounding the Pavement

Brian Kramer, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project Summary

The BTG intern worked to aid and address several ongoing projects at Healthy Philadelphia:

  • Gathered signatures for a petition to be delivered to City Council members about the needs for a new Healthcare Center in Lower Northeast Philadelphia
  • Attended meetings of related organizations with the aim of having Pennsylvania‘s legislature accept Medicaid Expansion
  • Attended meetings dealing with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act
  • Drafted health education literature on: the indications of stroke and heart attack; when Philadelphians should seek care in the emergency room
  • Created surveys to generate feedback on the Transitions in Care bus tour that took health care professionals to many of the Healthcare Centers to educate them on the resources available to patients leaving the hospital

Personal Statement

“The time spent with Healthy Philadelphia was a reminder of the hurdles that so many of our neighbors face in gaining access to healthcare. It is good to know that there are passionate folks out there fighting for those who needs healthcare the most and who could benefit from services that they are currently denied or unable to afford. Being a physician requires more than just knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Pharmacology but an astute awareness of procedural, political, and administrative boundaries to receiving the care with good outcomes.” Brian Kramer