Thursday, October 18, 2018

Trick or Treat Safety!

Leaves are falling, the weather is getting chillier and your neighbors will be passing out all sorts of yummy treats soon! 

Did you know that Americans spend nearly $4 billion each year on Halloween candy!?! This alarming amount of money is often times spent on things that are not the healthiest options for children and can possibly leave you with a trip to the dentist instead. If you are looking to still satisfy your little ghouls but still leave them with treats, some healthier options instead of candy include:
  • Raisins
  • Pretzels
  • Juice boxes
  • Mini water bottles 
  • Plain cookies (graham crackers, Teddy Grahams, vanilla wafers, etc.)
  • Baked chips, baked tortilla chips
  • Popcorn
  • Lowfat granola or cereal bars
  • Sugar-free gum
Candy isn't your only threat this Halloween. Choosing the best costume can also leave you with some scary feelings too! When picking out costumes, make sure that they are fire resistant. Also, you want to be sure that your child is able to
see through any masks or hoods they might be wearing. If your child is trick-or-treating out in the dark, double check that they have glow sticks or reflective tape so that oncoming traffic and others can see them. Any make-up you apply shouldn't cause an allergic reaction and it should be non-toxic. 

Lastly, if you are not passing out treats nor are you looking for them with a child, still be on the look-out for those that are. Be sure to keep an eye out for people walking in and around road-ways and be alert of those who may be dressed up since it is Halloween. Stay safe!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Fall Operations Conference Recap!

This year, our Fall Operations Conference was our largest! With nearly 300 attendees, 40 exhibit booths and sponsors and tons of breakout sessions with informative speakers, our event was a huge success!

We added a few new things this year, including new scan-able badges!

There was fun to be had at our reception.

Networking time!


And best of all, the the informational sessions!

You can't spell successful without a couple "u's" so a big THANK YOU to everyone who made this Fall Operations Conference amazing! Save the date for our Annual Conference, March 4-6 2019 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, people worldwide shed a light on Breast Cancer Awareness. Breast cancer occurs when malignant tumors develop in the breast. These cells can spread by breaking away from the original tumor and entering blood vessels or lymph vessels, which branch into tissues throughout the body. At least 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Some facts about
breast cancer include:
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.
There are some risk factors that come into play with breast cancers, specifically genetic factors. You may be more at risk simply based on your age, race, family history personal health history, early menstruation, and late menopause.
However, there are some avoidable risk factors as well. Improving your physical activity, your diet and lessening your consumption alcohol can lower your risk. 

Once a month, women are encouraged to do self exams. These can be done in the shower, while lying down or in front of the mirror. For guidelines on self exams exams go to
Women 40 and over should start getting annual mammograms too!

There are lots of events happening throughout the month of October to help spread awareness for Breast Cancer. To learn more about these events and organizations, visit: 

For more information and facts about breast cancer, visit:

Friday, September 21, 2018

2018 Fall Operations Conference, Who's Ready?!

The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing colors and best of all the FALL OPERATIONS CONFERENCE is in less than ONE WEEK!

This year, we will have 2 amazing keynote sessions! Our opening keynote panel, Steve Buehrer, Kelly Carey, Julie DiRossi-King, and Jennifer Taylor, will feature policy updates from both the State and National levels.

And, our closing keynote speaker, Gary LeRoy MD FAAFP,  will share with us some of the experiences that have challenged him, motivated him, surprised him, and helped shape his personal growth and development. From this, it is hoped that you will be better able to help your own providers successfully experience greater meaning and purpose in your home FQHC.

What should you know before attending the conference?

Marriott University Area, 3100 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, Ohio US 43202

Finance, Clinical, Outreach, Quality Improvement and Workforce. Check out the full agenda! You can also make your own schedule too!

OACHC offers 3 types of continuing education for this conference, CME, CPE and Behavioral Health. We can also provide a certificate of attendance for all the session you attended too. In order to receive credit, you must have your badge scanned in the session you attend.  Your CEU credits will be automatically applied once you have been scanned for the session you have attended. At the conclusion of the conference, you can email a transcript to yourself and this will serve as your certificate. 


Our app can be used a number of ways! You can use download it in your Apple or Android store by just typing in "OACHC." Or, you can visit the app's website at 

Interested in exhibiting? Email us at We will add you to our listserv for our upcoming events. For more information, visit our website: 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Welcome Alta Partners!

Introducing our new Corporate Partner!

Alta Partners provides clients with information needed to operate a more profitable practice. Their attention to physician billing starts before charges are entered into the system to ensure collections are maximized. 

Their team draws on its extensive experience in billing and collections to provide customers with a level of efficient service. They regularly work with multiple industry-standard platforms, including Allscripts PM, Allscripts (Misys) Vision, Sunrise Financial Manager, Meditech, LSS, Thera-Office, Tiger, and Office Practicum, as well as with custom IT configurations.

To learn more, visit or contact Stanley Kasmarcak, CPA at

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Welcome Medline!

Introducing our new Corporate Partner!

Medline is the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies uniquely positioned to provide products, education and support across the continuum of care. Their ability to bring best practices from one care setting to another - from large healthcare systems and independent physician practices to home health patients and their families, is what sets us apart.

Their team is made up of clinicians, researchers, engineers, financial experts and 1,200 direct sales representatives with outstanding expertise. They know the healthcare business from the bottom up and top down.

To learn more visit or contact Bobby Brandenstein at

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018

Recap of National Health Center Week 2018!

Another Successful National Health Center Week!

National Health Center Week this year was held this past August 12-18th. Throughout the US, there were hundreds of events held and millions of social media impressions. OACHC staff traveled to every corner of the Buckeye State visiting more than 20 unique events throughout the week. For some staff, this was their first time traveling and for others, it was their first time at new sites! 

Many of the events were focused on reaching out to the community and raising health awareness. 

Each day of NHCW had a different focus too. Some of the health centers participated in these focus days and also had their own themes as well. The focus days included, Legislative Appreciation Day, Honoring Health Center Heroes Day, Public Housing Health Centers Day, Healthcare for the Homeless Day, Agricultural Worker Health Day, Patient Appreciation Day, and Children's Health Day. 

There were also events held outside of NHCW that still revolved around celebrating health centers and their patients. To see all of OACHC's National Health Center Week travels throughout Ohio, check out our Facebook and Twitter.  


Congratulations to our Ultimate Health Center Champions! We appreciate all that you do for your patients and your community. 


Thanks to our National Health Center Week Sponsor, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. We appreciate all your support in making NHCW a great week for Ohio!


There’s still fun to be had: the submission period for the NACHC National Health Center Week 2018 Picture & Video Contest is open until August 31st. Submit your best pictures and videos as soon as possible. The contest is an excellent mechanism to gain national visibility for your health center and showcase the great events and celebrations hosted during NHCW, and win awesome prizes!

We will see you all in 2019 :)

Friday, August 24, 2018

a picture is worth.....

In 2018 technology can be everything to a company, an organization or even just a grandparent wanting to keep up with their family members across the country. As time passes, more advances get made and more social platforms are created to express whatever emotion is trying to be conveyed to the anticipating audience. With this, have you ever wondered what types of pictures work best for each social platform and in what situation? 

Many social networks have dual uses for both personal and business. Not only this, but there are often times tutorials on how to use these platforms as well. This is a good start for separating which photos go into which. Albeit "totes adorbs," its maybe not appropriate to post pictures of your child covered in macaroni on your business account. (Maybe exception would be if your business is selling macaroni?) There are many organizations that offer both free and paid trainings on how to use social media to boost your company.

Often times websites can fall to the wayside when not properly managed. Information can quickly become out of date, pictures can become irrelevant and passwords quickly expire. There are lots of companies that can build a website for you and manage it too! Many times you can fill in small bits of information and the web developer will do the rest.

So, how does all of this relate to pictures? That depends on what message you are trying to send. Are you simply texting a funny meme to a friend or posting an advertisement for an event on your website? Its always important to know what the reason for a picture is because its worth a thousand words and can last forever. 

Helpful Links:  = free webinars focused on nonprofits
Hootsuite Academy = free social marketing training
Website builders = a blog post about multiple different website builders and the pros and cons
BeFunky = free photo editor

Friday, August 17, 2018


As summer comes to an end, adults and children are heading back to school. In 2017, approximately 50 million students were going to start back up public school. Out of those individuals, 35 million would be in pre-k through 8th grade and 15 million would be in high school. Also in 2017, 20 million students were expected to attend colleges and universities!

Having an education in the United States is incredibly valuable. Did you know that 85% of current jobs and 90% of new jobs require some or more college or post-secondary education? Approximately half of the students who start a four year school will receive a bachelor's degree in at least six years. This is why it is not only important to prepare your child for school early, but to also keep them on the right track for their entire student career.

Helping your student make the right choices for their path can be difficult but its important to instill the value of education in them. About 3 million students graduate from high school each year in the US and these individuals go on to be the future workforce of America. If you do not have a student in your household there are other ways you can have an impact on someone. There are lots of kids that would enjoy an opportunity to be mentored and guided into becoming successful in life too!

No matter what your back-to-school plan is, student-teacher-parent-mentor, get ready! School is no longer out for the summer!

Education Facts:

Mentoring Info:

Friday, August 10, 2018

National Immunization Awareness Month

Kids are now heading back to school, which means lots of great things! School supply shopping, haircuts and of course immunizations. National Immunization Awareness Month is held in August every year to showcase the importance of vaccinations for everyone. It is important to raise awareness for preventing disease in our communities in order to have healthy and happy people.

Did you know that children are required to get vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles and rubella, the 
chickenpox vaccination prior of starting school? Some states also require the hepatitis B vaccination and flu. Its important to be aware of what your child needs and to be up-to-date. Many of these vaccinations your child may have received as an infant. You can get these records from your pediatrician. 

There are lots places you can get vaccines, including community health centers! If you are unsure of where you can get a vaccine, has a widget that you can simply type your zip code into and find clinic near you! Using this widget, you can even narrow down which location offers what vaccines you actually need.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Left-Handed but always right!

Children tend to show signs of handedness around 18 months old. However, in the womb, babies show a hand preference by moving one arm more than the other. By the eighth week of pregnancy, genes in the baby’s spinal cord already show the beginning of right-left preference. 

Did you know that only 10% of the world is left-handed? Despite this, 6 out of the last 12 presidents have been left handed. According to a study, people that have a dominant left hand, are better at coming up with fresh ideas from current information. Left-handers are also considered to be creative thinkers, good at multitasking, and are more likely to be a twin! Left-handed people are often referred to as "southpaws" particularly in sports. Historically, they lived in danger of being accused of witchcraft! This was due to the lack of supplies being made for those who are left-handed and that most people tended to favor their right-hand.

August 13th is International Left-Handers Day!! The day is meant to celebrate left-handers uniqueness and differences around the world! Learn more about the famous lefties in the world and some facts you may not have known!

Left Handed Facts

Baby Left-Handers

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Policy Blog

As you have likely seen in the headlines, there has been a spotlight on pharmacy issues. An area of focus for your OACHC Policy Team, we have been working on / monitoring the following pieces of legislation which are currently pending before the Ohio Legislature for consideration:

1. Senate Bill 265

SB 265 authorizes commercial health plan issuers to pay or reimburse pharmacists for all health services that a pharmacist is legally authorized to provide and that are covered by the health benefit plan. As introduced, this bill only applies to the commercial market, and OACHC is working very closely with the Ohio Pharmacists Association, and the bill’s sponsor, Senator Matt Dolan, to also see it applied to Medicaid. The bill has received three hearings to date in the Senate Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee. Click here for more information from OACHC.

2. Senate Bill 229

SB 229 modifies laws pertaining to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy (OBP) and the regulation of controlled substances. OACHC worked with Senator John Eklund and the OBP to amend this legislation and exempt Federally Qualified Health Centers, Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes from the Pharmacy Board's licensure of office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) facilities. A special thank you to Senator Eklund and the OPB! SB 229 passed out of the Senate on June 27 and is pending action in the House.

3. House Bill 465

HB 465 removes the Ohio Medicaid Pharmacy benefit from the Medicaid Managed Care umbrella and returns it back to the fee-for-service system. Please see overview from OPA on HB 465 here. While there are definite pros and cons to this proposal, one significant concern is effectively the loss of the ability to use 340B in the Medicaid Managed Care arena if indeed the pharmacy benefit was returned to FFS. OACHC has been working with the bill’s sponsor on a 340B amendment that would allow its continued utilization for 340B covered entities, including FQHCs and Look-Alikes. The bill thus far has received one hearing in the House Health Committee. Stay tuned!

4. House Bill 479

The Ohio Pharmacists Association reports, “HB 479, dubbed the ‘Prescription Drug Co-Pay Integrity Act,’ will prohibit the practice of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) requiring pharmacists to charge patients an amount greater than the pharmacy's cash price for a particular prescription drug…The legislation would prohibit "gag clauses" that some PBMs place in pharmacy contracts that penalize pharmacists for disclosing a complete picture of the financials of a patient's prescription drug transaction.” HB 479 was voted out of the House on June 27 and is pending action in the Senate.

If you have thoughts, feedback, questions or concerns on any of the above pieces of legislation and how they will impact your ability to deliver comprehensive care (including pharmacy services), please contact OACHC’s Julie DiRossi-King at For updates on all things policy/advocacy related, be sure you are signed up to be a Health Center Advocate for pertinent state and federal updates!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Digital Prevention Program for Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Offers More Flexible Participation

In choosing a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) individuals can select one of four delivery methods based on personal preference, and availability. Recognized DPP organizations may offer the program through any or all of the following delivery methods. While there is flexibility in the method of delivery, all programs, regardless of method, must still meet recognition standards, and are required to submit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a single application for each delivery method being used.

·       In-person. Yearlong lifestyle change program delivered 100% in-person for all participants by trained Lifestyle Coaches. Participants are physically present in a classroom or classroom-like setting. Lifestyle Coaches may supplement in-person sessions with handouts, emails, or reminder texts; although none of these may be the sole method of participant communication.

·       Online. Yearlong lifestyle change program delivered 100% online for all participants. Participants log into course sessions via a computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone and may participate in the program in either a group or one-on-one format. Online programs still require interaction with a Lifestyle Coach, similar to the in-person DPP model. Communication with the coach takes place at various times and through various communication methods (e.g., text, email, instant message, etc.).  

·       Distance Learning. Yearlong lifestyle change program delivered 100% by trained Lifestyle Coaches via remote classroom or telehealth where the Lifestyle Coach is present in one location and participants are calling in or video-conferencing.

·       Combination. Yearlong lifestyle change program delivered as a combination of any of the previously defined delivery modes for all participants by trained Lifestyle Coaches.

Enrolling and retaining participants in the traditional in-person DPP can be challenging due to barriers such as time commitment, transportation, and child care. However, offering the DPP digitally, either online or distance learning, can still provide group connections and interactions, but eliminate some of the aforementioned barriers. Providing the program digitally and allowing patients to connect remotely is another way for patients to benefit from the DPP, and achieve lifestyle modification and weight loss. Digital versions of the DPP are excellent options for those who live far away from DPP locations or who prefer the anonymity and convenience of doing the program online.
Some online DPPs utilize digital technology that can be embedded into a patient’s online profile which they use to interact with their Lifestyle Coach. For example, patients participating in Omada’s online program receive a welcome packet with a wireless scale that will transmit participant weight data and graph it for the program duration. The site also features “healthy competition” to help motivate patients and make them feel accountable to the group they are participating with online. Participants also receive additional tools to track their progress, such as a digital pedometer, to help keep them motivated to reach their goals.
It is important that patients have a choice to participate in the type of DPP that best suits their needs if options are available to them. There are many national providers of the DPP online program which can be found on the CDC website. Some providers listed are recognized by the CDC but only available to select participants, such as employers.

  • You can review all of the National Providers here

  • You can read more about the CDC DPP recognition standards and operating procedures here

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Just keep swimming!

Water activities are one of the best things about summer! There is nothing better than cooling off on a hot day by jumping in a pool, jet-skiing with some friends or just relaxing on a boat while listening to the calm sounds of the sea.  In Ohio, people like to travel to water-parks such as Zoombezi Bay, Kings Island, and  Cedar Point Shores. There are also a multitude of lakes and rivers like Ohio River, Lake Erie and Alum Creek.

As we embark on the hottest time of the year and venture out to many of these places, it's important that we know how to protect ourselves by staying up to date on health advisories. For example, here is the one from the City of Columbus that you can easily access public health alerts by visiting:

Staying safe in the water while swimming or boating is very important to both yourself and those around you. Before you go swimming in a pool, make sure there is a visible drain and it is in good condition. Pools are required to pass inspections too! Pool water is supposed to be treated however chemicals should never be left out in the open. Also, check to see if a lifeguard is on duty and alert. If you are ill, STAY OUT OF THE WATER. You don't want to contaminate the water and risk getting others sick. 

When relaxing in freshwater, be sure to check for environmental conditions that may affect the water condition. As stated above, its still important to check for a lifeguard and to stay out of the water if you are feeling ill. Also, if there are inclement conditions, such as tornadoes or thunderstorms, plan your outdoor excursion for another day. If you are taking a trip on a boat, check the reviews and be sure there is a trustworthy captain manning the vessel. Alcohol and boats do not mix. Do not drink while operating a boat or jet-ski.

For information on how to stay safe when diving in this summer visit the following:

For fun ideas of water activities in Ohio, check out Trip Advisor

Thursday, June 28, 2018

This is why I'm hot...

Did you know that July is the hottest month of the year for Ohio? 

Temperatures can sometimes be over 100 degrees at the peak time of day. Heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths each year in the US. It is important to prepared for these types of temperatures as being out in the sun can become dangerous.

Knowing the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be a life changing situation. Excessive heat can also cause heat cramps and sunburn. If you see someone or you yourself are experiencing heat cram

ps in the legs or abdomen, get to a cooler place, rest, stretch and get fluids every fifteen minutes. Signs of heat stroke include hot red skin (it can be dry or moist) changes in consciousness) vomiting and high body temperature. If you see these signs, call 911 immediately.

Not only are humans at risk for heat related ailments, but it is important to not forget man (or woman)'s best friend! Each year, hundreds of pets pass away from heat exhaustion due to being left in parked cars. Did you know that the temperature in your car can rise almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes??? To see a table of how hot it could be outside vs in your car with the windows up, check out The American Veterinary Medical Foundation  If you have stops to make, its important to just leave your pet at home where they are safe. To see how your pet might feel trapped in a hot car, watch this video with an NFL player to see how long he was able to last.

For more information on how to beat the heat:

Independence Day

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and that they were no longer part of the British Empire. 

Independence Day is often celebrated in many ways including; fireworks, parades, barbecues, fairs, picnics, concerts, family parties, as well as political events. However, fireworks is what many people associate the day with. Fireworks has been part of the 4th since the very beginning of Independence Day's history! Check it out!

As we gear up for firework shows, lighting off fireworks at home, purchasing sparklers for our kids, here is what you should know (especially if you live here in Ohio!)

In Ohio, you can buy fireworks however you CANNOT set them off in Ohio. You may take them to a neighboring state such as Indiana and Pennsylvania. However, each state still has their own set of particular laws so please check out their state's information before lighting up the sky. 

Each year there are over 11,000 fireworks related injuries and almost 16,000 fires caused due to fireworks. Even celebrities aren't immune to fireworks injuries. NFL player Jason Pierre-Paul had nearly 3 fingers destroyed due to a fireworks injury! In order to stay safe from fireworks its important to:
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. 
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
For more tips, visit

Don't forget to also have fun! But safely!! :) Enjoy your Fourth of July!!! :)

Friday, June 22, 2018

FREE National Health Center Week Marketing Kits

National Health Center Week is UnitedHealthcare’s opportunity to show appreciation for all that health centers do for our members in the communities we serve. We know your providers, nurses and staff work tirelessly to deliver high-quality care under very challenging conditions. They serve our most vulnerable citizens, including many who would otherwise go without care. 

UnitedHealthcare has developed some tools you could use to recognize your providers, nurses and staff in your center during this week and beyond.  UnitedHealthcare has created a FREE Digital Marketing Kit for the first time ever. This FREE Digital Marketing Kit includes the resources:        
- Event Flyer (Print Template)
- Recognition Certificate (Print Template)
- Hero Spotlight for staff recognition (Print Template)
- Save the Date (Email Template)*  
- Personal Recognition E-card (Email Template)* 
- Post Event Thank You E-Card (Email Template)*
* Spanish versioning included 

To place your order or talk to UnitedHealthcare about ways to support your local efforts, contact:

Shunda Young  

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Men's Health!

June is Men's Health Awareness Month!

This month is meant to recognize all things that affect the daily lives of men. Did you know that men typically visit their healthcare providers less frequently than women? Did you know that one in 3 men suffer from a condition related to cardiovascular disease? Not only that, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death for men! If you or you loved ones have not yet made a commitment to be healthy this year, now is the time!

By making small changes like eating healthy, getting exercise and staying on top of preventative care, you can take big steps in improving your overall well being! Getting a regular check can include blood pressure screening, cholesterol, glucose, and prostate health. Because 1 in 2 men are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, it is imperative that you stay on top of these well checks! 

  • Need a last minute Father's Day gift that will help keep Dad happy and healthy, this is a great list of ideas!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Be Prepared!

Do you know what to do in case of a natural disaster? Many Americans would not know what to do if a tornado rolled through town, a volcano erupted while they are on vacation or if hurricane Alberto was flooding their streets. Being prepared for natural disasters at a moments notice can be helpful to both you and those around you. 

In 2017, 16 separate billion dollar disasters occurred in the US. These disasters include tropical cyclones, severe storms, inland floods, crop freeze, drought and wildfire. This year ties for the highest number billion-dollar disasters for a single year. 

Here in Ohio, we face numerous weather related conditions. Often times we feel the after affects of a major hurricane, which can cause floods. Not only that, we also see tornados. If you are caught in either situation, here are some tips on what you should do:
  • Have a communication for your family
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car
  • Store important documents in a fire-safe box
  • Take shelter
To prepare prior to a natural disaster, try getting first aid training. Red Cross as well as state and city governments often have resources on where you can obtain this training. Once you do learn, teach others around you those skills. Be sure to get a first aid kit for both your home and your office. 

For more information on how to stay prepared in a natural disaster, check out the resources below!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Act F.A.S.T.

4 simple letters make up one quick thinking word that could help save someone's life. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the US and close to 800,000 people in the US have one each year. Despite these facts, strokes may be preventable. They are also treatable.

A stoke occurs when something is blocking the the blood supply to the brain or a blood vessel in the brain bursts. There are 2 types of strokes, ischemic and hemorrhagic.

Some of the warnings signs of a stroke include:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you exhibit or witness any of these signs, it is important to call 911 right away!

Those at highest risk for stroke are people with a family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes.