Believe it or not, community healthcare is a relatively new concept. It was not until about 50 years ago that community health and civil rights activists got together to reform health care. Many were in need of health care, but due to poverty or location, were unable to receive it. Several people were determined to make a change.
While visiting a small community in South Africa in the 1960’s, a young doctor and activist, Jack Geiger observed a community based health care system. He was amazed as even the poorest in that community received excellent care. Dr. Geiger and other healthcare professionals created a proposal which was submitted to the Federal Office of Economic Opportunity. With approval, funding was given to open some of the first community-based health centers in Boston and Mississippi. Local and federal funds were combined to establish clinics in communities throughout the country. The idea was that you do not just care for individual patients, but entire populations. Community has just as much of an effect on health as illness does. The implementation of this type of health system made health care more accessible and affordable than ever before!
Over the years, this system has continued to develop into the community health care we know today. We still know the importance of community care and strive to meet the needs of an ever-changing world. This week, we celebrate the creation of Community Health Centers nationwide. For more information visit the National Association of Community Health Center’s Website.
With 4th of July around the corner, it is important to discuss the dangers of fireworks and remember how to be safe when using them. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), states that injuries from fireworks can range anywhere from serious to deadly. If you plan on using fireworks this holiday, keep these tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety in mind:
- Make sure to purchase your fireworks from a reliable source
- Use fireworks exactly as directed on the label
- Observe local and state laws
- Do not allow children to handle fireworks
- Wear Safety glasses
- Do not consume alcohol while working with fireworks
- NEVER relight a “dud” firework
- Do NOT experiment with homemade fireworks
- Soak spent fireworks in a bucket of water before placing in a trashcan
- Report illegal explosives to the police or fire department
- ALWAYS have water ready
- Only shoot fireworks OUTDOORS in an open area away from buildings and vehicles
- Use common sense
Be safe and have a great 4th of July!
Injury type and severity varies based on age, however it is the leading cause of disability for all ages and the leading cause of death for people ages 1-44. Work safety, medication safety, falls, accidents, and emergencies are just a few of the topics we can raise awareness of. Be sure to wear appropriate protective equipment (helmets, seat belts, etc.), take your medications as prescribed, watch for fall hazards, and have an emergency plan at work and home. For more information about safety and how to raise awareness of these issues in your community, visit the HealthFinder website!
Each year, we celebrate Nurse’s Week in May in honor of Florence Nightengale’s birthday! She was the founder of modern nursing. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” Now more than ever, health care is focusing on preventative care and wellness. This year, we celebrate nurses who advocate for this transition of focus. Visit the ANA website for more information on Nurse’s Week and this year’s topic. Make sure to thank a nurse this week!
1 in 5 Adults if affected by Mental Health. “Mental Illness is a disease of the brain that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines” (2015). There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. Although society is more aware of the reality of mental health conditions, there is still a stigma surrounding these disorders. During the month of May, we raise awareness of mental health conditions and show our support for those suffering. Visit http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Raise-Awareness/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Month for more information and to get involved!
“What Is Mental Illness? – Mental Health Association in Forsyth County.” Mental Health Association in Forsyth County. Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2015.
An interprofessional health care team is when healthcare providers work with people from within their own profession, with people outside their profession and with patients and their families toward a common goal—providing the highest level of quality care to our patients. Here at Cross Valley Health & Medicine, we celebrate this collaboration. Our Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Nurses, Medical Assistants, and Administrative Staff work together each day to meet our patients’, families’, and community health needs. This month, make sure to thank all of your care providers for the work they do together, to provide you with safe, high quality care!
Many people in the US still suffer from tuberculosis (TB) even though it is a preventable and curable disease in its early stages. Today, we unite to raise awareness about this disease and fight to find a cure for latent TB. Visit the CDC website for more information.
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week promotes education on Congenital Heart defects which affect 1 in 100 births each year! Those affected live with this condition throughout their entire lives. Nearly 2 million adults and children are currently living with these conditions. For more information and for stories from those affected, visit https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6504a7.htm.
The month of January is Thyroid Awareness Month! Your thyroid is a small gland located at the base of your neck and has so many important functions. This gland produces thyroid hormone, which controls nearly every cell and organ in your body! When not enough or too much of this hormone is produced, your body cannot function properly. If your thyroid isn’t working, neither are you. Thyroid conditions effect more than 30 million Americans, making it more common that diabetes or heart disease! The best way to detect thyroid disease is to ask your Provider to test your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels. For more information about thyroid disease and the organization that helps spread awareness, visit http://www.thyroidawareness.com/about-your-thyroid.