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June is Summer Safety Month

safetIt’s Summer! Be sure to beat the heat as days get warmer. Your body is constantly in a struggle to disperse the heat it produces. Most of the time, you're hardly aware of it – unless your body is exposed to more heat than it can handle. Heat-related illnesses can escalate rapidly, leading to delirium, organ damage and even death.

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Nick Allen reflects on the Hutchins Conversation

 By Nicholas Allen

The conversation format of the Hutchins Conversation last night definitely added engaging flair to the idea of the academic talk. Lisa McKeithan, MS, CRC, Director, and HIV/AIDS Researcher at CommWell Health Clinics in Dunn, North Carolina sat down to talk with Dr. Martha King, Teaching Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology at UNC-CH, about CommWell’s work in rural healthcare.

 

See the entire conversation here.

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5 Surprising Benefits of Walking

 

The next time you have a check-up, don't be surprised if your doctor hands you a prescription to walk.1 Yes, this simple activity that you've been doing since you were about a year old is now being touted as "the closest thing we have to a wonder drug," in the words of Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of course, you probably know that any physical activity, including walking, is a boon to your overall health. But walking in particular, comes with a host of benefits. Here's a list of five that may surprise you.

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Social Determinants of Health: Transforming the Buzz Phrase to a Rural Action Item

Solving Unmet Social Needs: NC-REACH’s Best Practice Model

by Kay Miller Temple, MD

In Dunn, North Carolina, CommWell Health is an organization familiar with the activities described as part of the CMS’s grant model: assessing unmet social needs, providing navigation assistance, and creating an inventory of community service organizations. These steps were required for their participation in a Health Resources & Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau’s national initiative, a federal demonstration project part of the Bureau’s Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS).

CommWell, the only rural member of the 9 demonstration sites, now serves as a Best Practice Model. They’ve received numerous awards and recognition for their program NC-Rurally Engaging and Assisting Clients who are HIV positive and Homeless, NC-REACH.

Lisa McKeithan, NC-REACH and Positive Life program director, said their team completed social determinant risk assessment steps similar to those being used in the AHC model, for example screening for housing needs. CommWell’s leadership — almost from the ground up — built relationships with community service organizations in order to meet housing challenges like those associated with “hidden homelessness,” an unstable housing issue where a client might go from a family member’s couch, to a friend’s couch, to a stranger’s couch without having stable housing. That collaborative activity with other organizations became a community solution, the Community Housing Coalition, now part of CommWell’s Best Practice Model.

Mini Wellness Challenges for a Healthy and Happy Spring

Published by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Apr 05, 2018 - Total Wellness

 

Spring is finally in the air! Warmer weather and blooming flowers are awesome motivators for getting more active and boosting your health. Plus, summer is just around the corner! Many of us lose a bit of motivation to lead healthy lifestyles during the winter months – mainly due to the holidays, cold weather, and less daylight. Picking things back up during the springtime will help you get back on track before the summer months take over!

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