Name: Jordan Gladys
Position: Social Work Associate at Family Health Services of Drexel University
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA – GO STEELERS!!!
College: Drexel University
Why did you join PHC? To give back to those in need and to gain alternative perspectives on the barriers underserved urban communities face daily when attempting to access health care.
What are your future plans? Become an Osteopathic Physician
What is one thing you would change about health care? More emphasis placed on preventative health care.
Because we all want to know…
Favorite thing about Philly? I love the mix of early American history alongside to advantages of a Metropolitan area.
Typical packed lunch? Salad (with whatever form of protein I can afford on my AmeriBudget), walnuts, baby carrots, peanut butter, and an orange.
Favorite SEPTA experience? On the commute to work, a man spilled $400 worth of twenties in the aisle. That’s twenty individual bills. On the floor of a bus. All kinds of interesting characters on SEPTA!
What was the last experience that made you a stronger person? When I got so emotionally involved in a prenatal insurance case, I started crying when the Welfare Caseworker hung up on us. We had already waited over a month (average processing time is 2 weeks), and 45 minutes on hold just to talk to someone. The patient was sitting right next to me, and told ME that everything was okay and that we’d figure it out. Talk about role reversal. Patients need advocates like Social Workers, but an effective advocate has to maintain composure even in the most frustrating moments of their work! Great practice and we were able to laugh about it later.