Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Eye See You!




Your eyes are a very important part of your body and taking care of them should be a priority. Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam is one way that you can take care of your vision health. According to the National Eye Institute, many eye disorders do not have outward symptoms and one must have an eye exam to diagnose these.

Staying up to date on your family's eye health history is important in order to know if you are prone to develop issues in the future. However, there are many actions you can take to keep your eyes healthy all year long! A few things you can do are:
  • living a healthy lifestyle
  • wearing protective eyewear
  • quit smoking
  • keeping your eyes/eyelids clean
  • giving your eyes a rest (put your phone down once in a while!)
Did you know that the average American looks at screens as much as 12 hours a day! Just like any other muscle in your body, putting that much wear and tear on a body part is going to cause some side effects. For more information on how to keep your eyes healthy, visit: Eye Health Tips

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming!

Literally, keep swimming! Swimming is a great exercise for people of all ages and can provide amazing health benefits to those who are looking for a low impact workout. There are lots of reasons swimming can be beneficial to your health. 

It can:

  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Build lean muscle
  • Gives your body a break from higher-impact activities
  • Increase your endurance
  • Promotes adventure

Swimming is also an activity that doesn’t require much other than a swimsuit and a body of water. With the weather being warmer, you can swim in or outside and in a pool or fresh water! Don’t forget to take safety precautions too! If you are a first time or long time swimmer, it's always important to be aware of your surroundings and knows when the water is too deep-cold-murky-warm-shallow or whatever! And always remember sunscreen when swimming outdoors.

Learn more about how to be safe when swimming and more health benefits:

Thursday, June 20, 2019

A Summer of CHC Love



Looking for ways to get involved, take action and support long-term funding for your Community Health Center this summer? You’ve come to the right place – there are contests, resources and action campaigns – so grab your sunscreen and let’s get advocating!

Share Your Love for Health Centers and Win

Summer lovin’ could score you one of two $100 Amazon gift cards! The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is hosting a fun contest aimed at sharing the love of Health Centers.
From June 21 – July 30, snap photos with one of these posters, or even one of your own, stating why YOU value community health centers. Then…

  • Post the picture on social media using the #ValueCHCs.
  • Tag your member of Congress and @hcadvocacy.

Engage your coworkers, friends, family, and neighbors to be involved. Creativity is key – it IS a contest! 

Prize drawings will happen August 2 – stay tuned to NACHC social media for the winners.


Take Action Today!

To date, several bills have been introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to extend the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) for five years alongside funding for critical workforce programs. Check out NACHC’s Current Legislation webpage for a breakdown of each of these efforts and review this chart outlining the differences between each bill.

Most importantly, TAKE ACTION NOW to let our Ohio delegation know that a long-term fix for the Community Health Center Program is essential for the 800,000+ Ohioans that rely on us for their care.


NHCW

And while we’re talking summer fun and Community Health Centers, we MUST mention National Health Center Week. Head over to the OACHC NHCW webpage to submit your event, learn about our Ohio contest (yes, the Ultimate Health Center Champs contest is back!), and find out how you can receive a $250 sponsorship for your event.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Treating patients with Hepatitis C Infection in 3 Ohio Health Centers

Three Ohio health centers are wrapping up their work on a pilot program to designed and implement interventions that will 1) educate providers and communities to reduce health disparities; 2) increase the number of Ohioans living with Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) who are aware of their infection; and 3) facilitate linkages of newly diagnosed individuals to appropriate care and treatment. All three participating health centers have seen an increase in the number of patients receiving HCV testing since the beginning of the project (11/1/2018). To date, the health centers collectively have diagnosed 29% (337/1168) of individuals screened to be HCV positive. Of the HCV positive patients, 65% were unaware, and 35% were previously aware of their infection. A total of 89% of patients who screened positive for HCV also had a current or historical substance abuse disorder.

The participating health centers recognized a need to care for these HCV positive patients with primary care services, and all three are now working to begin treating HCV within their practices. Medicaid has changed the ruling on HCV treatment in Ohio, allowing FQHCs to bill for treatment services in consultation with a specialty care provider (i.e. hepatologist, infectious disease provider, or a gastroenterologist). Compass Community Health has set up a Hepatitis C clinic, which began in April 2019 to test and treat patients within their FQHC. Compass is linking identified patients with internal referrals to a provider and care coordinator for treatment. Hopewell Health Centers has also identified a treatment partnership with an outside specialist, and have trained one of their providers to begin to treat HCV infected patients. Valley View Health Centers is currently working on training providers to begin to treat patients for HCV as well. 

Some of the challenges faced during this project were related to the ability of health centers to pull specific data points from their electronic medical record (EMR), and to track patients undergoing treatment of Hepatitis C. Since HCV testing and treatment has not been traditionally offered within the primary care setting, there are not a lot of out of the box EMR solutions. 
For health centers considering providing Hepatitis C Treatment to their patients, some lessons learned from this pilot project are as follows:

  • Providing appropriate training to staff on screening and testing patients
  • Decide if universal screening for adults or targeted screening based on risk factors is more effective for your health center
  • Develop a process for initiating treatment with a partner agency or in consultation with a specialist (as mentioned above) 
  • Designate a dedicated staff member for Hepatitis C management and prevention in order to link patients to care and oversee patient engagement in their treatment


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Men's Health Week


Men’s Health Week is recognized the week before Father’s Day every June. During this week, people are asked to do a variety of things to help bring awareness to the many health topics that specifically affect men. The goal of Men's Health Week is to raise the amount of awareness for preventable health problems that can affect men and encourage early detection and treatment of those diseases as well. Did you know that Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men? It is the 2nd leading cancer killer of men, behind lung cancer. 

Some of the ways you can help to spread awareness are by wearing blue the Friday before Father’s Day, posting it on social media and encouraging others to do the same.  Other things you can do are encourage others around you to be active and proactive with health screenings. This Father’s Day, spend time with your family doing fun activities like having a healthy bbq or just finding a physical activity everyone can participate in!

Click here for more information....
www.cdc.gov/ealthymen
www.prostatehealthguide.com
www.menshealthnetwork.org/healthfacts

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Tornadoes: What you should know


Tornado season in Ohio peaks between April and July. Tornados have been known to happen all over Ohio however are most common to occur in areas that have flat grasslands, often times referred to as the "Great Plains." Tornado signals, signs and warnings come in different ways and it is good to have a plan and be able to take action if one strikes near you.

A tornado watch means that the weather conditions are typcial of a tornado. It also means that severe thunderstorms are most likely on the way (if not already happening) as well. However, a tornado warning means that one has been spotted and will occur soon. In that situation, you should take cover. Make a

plan in advance for tornadoes as they can strike at any time.

Here are a couple tips on how you can stay safe and prepare for a tornado:

  • Have fresh batteries and a battery operated device ie; radio, tv so that you can listen to emergency information
  • Keep an emergency kit with water, non-perishable food, and medication
  • Know where to take shelter in your home and stay away from windows.
If you happen to be driving during a tornado, NOAA and Red Cross suggest that you should buckle your seat belt, cover your face and head with a blanket if you have one, and shield yourself from the windshield. It is not recommended that you take shelter under an overpass or a ditch as you are leaving yourself vulnerable to debris.

For more resources about tornados and tornado safety:

www.ready.gov/tornadoes
www.weather.gov/safety/tornado
City of Dayton on Boil-Water advisory


To Get involved in Tornado relief, Contact:


Thursday, May 30, 2019

May Health Awareness

This month in our blog posts and social media outlets, we highlighted numerous health awarenesses. Today being the last day in May, we shed light on a few of the health awarenesses that we may have missed. These resources can be helpful for future event planning within your organization as well as just being able to become more proactive in different outlets in the community. 


May is....


Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month! Cystic Fibrosis is a condition that can affect multiple organs. It can cause damage to the respiratory and digestive
systems. In May, people across the US tell their stories to facilitate progress towards a cure!

Lupus Awareness Month! This past May 10th, was the 16th observance of World Lupus Day. As this is a global health issue that affects people from all walks of life, everyone everywhere was encouraged to go purple for Lupus!

Arthritis Awareness Month! 1 in 4 US adults are affected by Arthritis. During the month of May, people raise awareness by holding nationwide walks. Although many have ended for our Midwestern region, there are still many happening throughout June in other parts of the country. 

National High Blood Pressure Education Month! As we have previously highlighted in other posts, this is also Stroke Awareness Month and May 17th was World Hypertension Day. Helping to understand the basics of high blood pressure can help one lower and monitor many of these health risks.