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Shawnee Alliance receives COVID-19 grant for older adults 60+

March 18, 2020

Shawnee Alliance receives COVID-19 grant for older adults 60+ with unmet needs

Shawnee Alliance, the social services division of Shawnee Health Service, has received an Emergency Assistance Services grant from Illinois Department on Aging in response to COVID-19.  These funds will be used to assist older adults 60+ with unmet needs related to COVID-19 and isolation.  Older adults 60+ in Shawnee Alliance’s 18-county service area are eligible for this assistance.   These unmet needs may include, but are not limited to:  

  • Nutritional needs
  • Personal care and sanitation needs
  • Personal medical care needs
  • Transportation services

  Counties in Shawnee Alliance’s service area which are eligible for assistance include: Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, and Williamson.   Shawnee Alliance can submit requests to use funds for needs other than these pre-approved areas.   If you would like to request assistance, please call Shawnee Alliance at (618) 985-8322 or toll free at 1-800-642-7773.  Requests can be submitted by phone only.   Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

March 10, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

March 27, 2020

Shawnee Health Service is now offering Video Visits, through Zoom (a free app), for patient appointments with our providers. Call (618) 519-9200 to get started.

March 18, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 precautions, Shawnee Health Service will close MOST health centers until further notice. The following facilities will be OPEN from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday:

Shawnee Health Care, Medical – 400 S Lewis Ln, Carbondale

Shawnee Health Care, Dental – 402 S Lewis Ln, Carbondale

Shawnee Health Care, OB/GYN – 101 S Wall St, Carbondale

Shawnee Health Care, Pharmacy (DRIVE THRU ONLY) – 7 S Hospital Dr, Murphysboro


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March 2, 2020

March is National Nutrition Month.

National Nutrition Month occurs every March as a campaign by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  The goal of National Nutrition Month is to encourage Americans to improve their personal health through diet and the power of food.  

The month is divided into four weeks.  Each week emphasizes a certain topic based on healthy eating:

Week One:  Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day! Eat the rainbow!  No, we don’t mean Skittles.  Eat the rainbow just means to try a lot of different colorful fruits and vegetables.  Bonus points if you try foods you have never had before, or that you do not eat often!  You can also learn how to read nutrition labels, get plenty of water, control your portions, and eat slowly to savor the flavor.   Week Two:  Plan your meals each week. This one is pretty straightforward.  Before the start of the week, try to plan out as many of your meals as you can.  Use these planned meals to make your grocery list.  If possible, look up meal options at your school or work for the week ahead.  Try to make your meals away from home healthy, or prepare meals at home to take with you if no healthy options are available.  Tip: look up restaurant menus ahead of time, and decide what you will order before you arrive.   Week Three:  Learn

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February 12, 2020

Shawnee Health Service receives $50,000 child health grant

Shawnee Health Service was awarded a $50,000 grant from U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program, a grant program which supports community-based partnerships and collaborations aimed at improving the health status of disadvantaged children, youth, and families.   In his announcement of the grant award, U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) said, “Community-based partnerships, like the Shawnee Health Service and Development Corporation, play a critical role in ensuring disadvantaged families are able to provide their children with the care they need. This grant will help local providers continue serving the individual and unique needs of families in Southern Illinois.”   Shawnee Health Service will use this grant funding to continue its highly successful Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It! (MEND) Program, a healthy lifestyle program for families that empowers them to become healthier and more physically fit. Shawnee Health Service launched the MEND program in June 2018. Two groups of families have completed the program. The program is completely free and is open to all families with children in the 7-13 age range.

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October 14, 2019

Shawnee Health Service awarded $300,000 to expand access to oral health care   Shawnee Health Service received a $300,000 award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to “expand oral health service capacity through new infrastructure enhancements.”   Shawnee Health Service plans to add two dental operatories to its Shawnee Health Care, Murphysboro and Marion Wellness School Health Center locations. Shawnee will use remaining funds for equipment upgrades.   The expansion will help Shawnee Health Service continue to provide needed dental services to poor and underserved residents of Jackson and Williamson Counties. In 2018, Shawnee Health Service provided care to over 15,000 patients with Medicaid, over 4,000 patients with Medicare, and almost 3,000 patients who had no insurance.   Shawnee Health Care, Dental is one of few dental providers in southern Illinois which accepts Medicaid and has a sliding fee scale for patients without insurance.   HRSA-funded health centers, like Shawnee Health Service, provide affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services to their patients. According to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, health centers consistently deliver “high-quality primary care at a significantly lower

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July 3, 2019


Shawnee Health Care is teaming up with IlliniCare and First Southern Bank to offer you a day to get all of your child’s school exams and immunizations taken care of in one location.

We are offering this for children in grades K, 2, 6, and 9. You do not need to be a patient of Shawnee Health Care to take advantage of this opportunity.


When: July 16 starting at 7:30 am Where: Campus at 400 S. Lewis Lane, Carbondale, IL Services:  • physical – $25 • physical and dental exam – $35 • vision screening available • required immunizations – insurance will be billed or if you do not have insurance we will provide information on how to obtain them at low cost


When: July 18 starting at 7:30 am Where: 1506 Sioux Drive, Marion, IL Services: • physical – $25 • physical and dental exam – $35 • required immunizations – insurance will be billed or if you do not have insurance we will provi

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November 28, 2018

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Each November, we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month — an opportunity for communities across the country to come together to support and recognize the contributions and sacrifices made on a daily basis by family caregivers of all ages.  It is estimated that nearly 44 million adults provide care for an adult or child annually.  As a family caregiver, it may be easy to feel like you are alone.  Please remember, you are not alone.   Family caregivers are the heart and soul of our nation’s long-term care system.  Did you know that family caregivers’ make up 80 percent of the long-term care in the United States provided by family and other unpaid caregivers?   In addition, many family caregivers do not realize that they are caregivers.  Perhaps it’s because most people think of caregivers as professionals who are trained and paid to provide care for clients with health issues.  They may feel that they are just helping out.  However, if you offer daily assistance to a spouse or other family member, you may be a caregiver.  It is important to recognize this, so you can seek support.   As a family caregiver, it is essential that you take care of your own health.  This month, we encourage family caregivers to learn about the services and supports available in southern Illinois.  Th

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November 13, 2018

Survey: Many Parents Share Leftover Antibiotics

According to a recent online survey of nearly 500 U.S. parents, about 48 percent say they have kept leftover antibiotics rather than properly dispose of them.  Of those, 73 percent later gave the drugs to siblings, unrelated children and adults, sometimes months after the antibiotic was originally prescribed.  Some of the parents used the leftover antibiotics themselves.   This is very dangerous.  Taking antibiotics for colds and other viral illnesses not only won’t work, but it can also have dangerous side effects — over time, this practice actually helps create bacteria that are harder to kill.

So what should you do when your child gets sick?  To minimize the risk of antibiotic resistance, keep these tips in mind:

  • Take antibiotics only for bacterial infections. It’s a good idea to let milder illnesses (especially those thought to be caused by viruses) run their course.  This helps prevent antibiotic-resistant germs from developing.  But leave it to your doctor to decide if an illness is “mild” or not.
  • Seek advice and ask questions. Ask your doctor about whether your child’s illness is bacterial or viral, and discuss the risks and benefits of antibiotics.  If it’s a virus, ask about ways to treat symptoms.  Don’t pressu

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November 1, 2018

Did you know it’s time to sign up for health coverage for 2019?

If you need health coverage, you can enroll at HealthCare.Gov. But hurry, the deadline to enroll in a plan is December 15th – so don’t delay!

Most marketplace shoppers will qualify for financial help to lower their costs, too.  In fact, 85 percent of current enrollees receive a tax credit to help lower their monthly premiums.  Most enrollees pay less than $100/month for their plan.   And this year, there are new plans available at new prices.  Even if you’ve looked before, it’s important to check out your options – coverage might be more affordable than you think.   There’s a lot of confusion about the state of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), but the truth is the ACA is still the law of the land.  Comprehensive health coverage, including key consumer protections like no discrimination against people with pre-existing health conditions, is still available to consumers who need to get covered.    

What is a Midwife?

October 3, 2018

National Midwifery Week is September 30 – October 6, 2018

  National Midwifery Week (#NMW2018) was created by ACNM to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care.  But what exactly is a midwife?   Many women tend to think of midwives as playing a supporting role in the pregnancy and childbirth experience, similar to doulas or lactation consultants.  But a midwife is, in fact, a professional trained specifically in assisting women with every aspect of pregnancy, from prenatal care to delivery.  What’s more, her job doesn’t necessarily end with pregnancy.  You can see your midwife for just about all your women’s health needs, including your annual exam, contraceptive counseling and prescriptions.   According to Rebeccah Fletcher, DNP, APN, CNM, “The word midwife means ‘with woman,’ and that’s what we’re all about really, is just being with women throughout their entire pregnancy, there for the birth, and beyond. Throughout their whole life, we’re available.”   Midwives often lend a more personal touch to the pregnancy experience compared to OBs, emphasizing the physical, emotional and social needs of patients.  Rebeccah even knits hats for her patients’ babies.   “A lot of women desire a low-intervention, hands-off birth, and this is something that Shawnee has allowed us to provide for our patients,” says M

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