We Love Our Staff: Meet Niem!

I am so happy to introduce you to Niem, a very special community health worker (CHW) who has worked at the health center for many years.

Niem shares, “I am just so glad that I made it through the Pandemic Year 2020 without getting infected with COVID-19, and I hope that I continue to be free of COVID-19 for the Year 2021.

Starting the New Year 2021, these ice breaker metaphor questions were asked ‘If you are a fruit, what fruit would you be and why? A banana? A strawberry? A coconut? A mango?’ As you read this, I wonder what you are thinking? When I first read it, I was, ‘What the heck?’ But as I think more of it, it is a pause in our daily life experiences to reflect on where we are, what we are doing, how we are doing, what we are grateful for, and what we are looking forward to. By now you know of friends or family that are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that were severe enough to be hospitalized, visited the emergency room, passed away, or recovered from infection. Hopefully we will continue to see a decrease in COVID infections now that we have vaccines. Thankfully, the COVID vaccine is available to our staff and now for our patients.

When I got the COVID vaccine, it reminded me of my mother’s saying: “For healthy roses, you have to have thorns.” The COVID vaccine possible side effects of sore arm, slight fever, chills, and body aches for a day or so were thorns for me, but I am glad that a couple Tylenol helped me through. I am okay and happy to have the COVID vaccine. Best wishes to all.” 

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