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What to Consider When Going to Back College Post-Pandemic

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on January 05, 2022

Anyone actively involved in higher education in the past two years has had a wild ride. From instructors to students to administrators, no one had an easy time making choices, adapting courses, or learning in a new setting. Many prospective students continue to wonder how COVID-19 changed the college experience in 2020 and 2021 and beyond. They are looking to the future and asking, “When the pandemic ends, will school change forever?” 

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Topics: Covid-19, Customized Training, Remote Career Training

Pros and Cons of Becoming a Dental Assistant

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 27, 2021

There will always be perks and drawbacks when you choose to pursue a new career, be it for the first time or as you’re switching industries. Any career counselor would tell you to choose a career based on your preferences and aversions. For instance, if you have always struggled with and disliked math, choosing an actuarial or accounting career could make your day-to-day challenging. If you've been holed up with a calculator doing equations for fun throughout your youth, it might be the perfect fit. 

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Topics: Healthcare Operations, dental assisting

Navigating Conversations Around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Work

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 20, 2021

Many people have approached the United States' increased focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in different ways over the past few years. Reading books about lesser-known histories of cultures in the United States has been eye-opening for some. For others, it's more relational, talking to friends, family, and coworkers to see if their experiences can help inform more equitable and positive experiences and relationships in the future. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Communications, Equity & Inclusion

The Importance of Understanding Various Cultures as a Health Professional

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 15, 2021

Living in a diverse area like Portland, you're likely to encounter people from other countries than you. People who speak different languages and who have different norms for how they receive healthcare. 

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Topics: Healthcare, PCC

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Courtney Cronk

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 24, 2021

Courtney is a functional nutritional therapy practitioner and yoga instructor. She earned her master’s degree in applied behavioral science/counseling in 2002 from Bastyr University with the intention of becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist, but instead started a family of her own and stayed home for several years until her youngest started kindergarten. In 2013 she continued her studies at the Nutritional Therapy Association and works in a family functional medicine clinic in Portland, Oregon. In 2017, Courtney rounded out her education by becoming a registered yoga teacher, and currently specializes in teaching yoga to seniors.

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Kira Freed

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 24, 2021

Kira Freed, MEd, MScN, is an adjunct faculty member at Portland Community College, teaching in the Functional Nutrition program. She also has several roles at her alma mater, National University of Natural Medicine, as the Teaching Kitchen Coordinator, a Professional Teaching Assistant for the Nutrition program, and as a Food as Medicine Everyday educator. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

How PCC Helps Kids with Youth Mental Health First Aid

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 23, 2021

Teachers, childcare workers, and mentors of all types receive training in physical safety and first aid, including in CPR certification. Most parents and guardians feel comfortable knowing that the people caring for their children have a strong knowledge of these skills so they can respond quickly should a rare crisis occur. It ensures caretakers have the tools they need to maintain physical safety themselves or seek the necessary emergency assistance from a local hospital or other healthcare resources.  

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Topics: Mental & Behavioral Health

How PCC Trains Mental Health First Aid in Portland, Oregon

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on September 25, 2021
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Topics: Mental & Behavioral Health, institute for health professionals, mental health first aid

Meet Your Instructor: Neera Malhotra

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on September 24, 2021
Dr. Neera Malhotra is part of the Institute for Health Professionals team at PCC and an instructor with the Interpersonal Neurobiology program. 
 
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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, Stories & News, Interpersonal Neurobiology

How to Become a Dental Assistant

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on September 08, 2021
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Topics: Healthcare, institute for health professionals, dental assisting

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