Thursday, March 23, 2017

You are what you eat! 7 ways to celebrate National Nutrition Month

Happy National Nutrition Month!

Here are 7 ideas and activities to help you celebrate!
  1. Have fun! Play some National Nutrition Month games
  2. Simple ways to eat right
  3. Decode the nutrition facts label by learning the basics
  4. Sometimes eating healthy seems to cost more. Learn how to eating right on a budget
  5. Snacks don't have to be junk food. Learn smart snacking tips for kids
  6. Create you healthy plate at
  7. Learn some tips on eating right for older adults

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.

The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened.

To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, OACHC is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

Continuing Education for PCPs and Clinicians


Information on Colorectal Cancer

Monday, March 6, 2017

Certified Application Counselor Experiences the Benefits of Health Insurance

I benefited from Medicaid expansion. When I was an undergrad student I was paying roughly $150/month for a student plan that didn’t cover much. I was also paying $150/month for my prescription medicine (about $200 during months when I could afford to refill my rescue inhaler) which I ended up taking sporadically (every other day, every three days, etc. until I eventually stopped taking it altogether) in order to save money. Furthermore, I was mostly going to the Urgent Care or ER, as opposed to a primary care provider (PCP), since I knew I’d qualify for financial assistance. I then ended up having surgery to remove my gallbladder which set me back quite a bit, although, luckily, I qualified for some financial assistance through the hospital.

Not long after that is when the expansion took effect and I was found eligible. I was then able to set up regular appointments with a PCP and start back on my prescriptions. It was also the first time in, I think, 3-4 years that I was able to afford to see dentist and get new prescription glasses. While I didn’t have to use it for anymore surgeries, it was just nice knowing that, if something like that were to happen again, I wouldn’t have to worry about it getting covered.

Then, early last year, I became employed through a Community Health Center and switched to my employer’s plan and now I assist people with Medicaid and Marketplace applications.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

2017 Annual Conference

Thank You to Everyone Who Attended the 2017 Annual Conference!

This conference was the biggest yet! We couldn't have done it without you and we hope you found it to be informative and beneficial. We always strive to help our CHCs provide quality, affordable health care to Ohioans. 

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