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June is Men’s Health Month

June 3, 2019

June is Men’s Health Month

June 1 kicks off Men’s Health Month.  Men’s Health Month is dedicated to education and activities promoting the health and wellness of men and boys.   Did you know that men are dying an average of 5 years younger than women, and lead 9 out of 10 of the top causes of death?  Men are at greater risk for death in every age group.  Men have a higher suicide death rate than women.  Men account for 92% of fatal workplace injuries.   Men also do not see their Primary Care Provider (PCP) for a physical exam nearly as often as women.  Why?  Men give reasons such as, “I don’t have time,” “There’s probably nothing wrong,” or, “I can tough it out.”  The truth is there are no good reasons not to see the doctor, only excuses.   Shawnee Health Care’s Dr. Jeff Ripperda, MD, says, “The biggest issue facing men and men’s health is just getting men to go to the doctor in the first place.”  Men’s Health Month is the perfect time to schedule your annual physical.   Men are more likely to be uninsured than women.  If you are uninsured, Shawnee Health Service wants to help you get covered.  Our Navigators can help you enroll in coverage through the online system.  This service is free, and you do not have to be a patient of Shawnee Health Care to receive thi

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May 17, 2018

Shawnee Health Service is proud to introduce the MEND program.

In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. Data from 2015-2016 show that nearly 1 in 5 children ages 6-19 in the United States has obesity. Children with obesity are at higher risk of having chronic health conditions, such as asthma, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and other conditions. They are also more likely to suffer from social isolation and lower self-esteem. In the long term, a child with obesity is more likely to be obese as an adult, and have a higher risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and many types of cancer (CDC, 2018).   MEND is an evidence-based healthy lifestyle programs that empowers 7-13 year olds, with the support of their families, to reach and maintain a healthy weight. It does this by helping families change unhealthy attitudes about food and activity (Mind), keep physically active on a regular basis (Exercise), learn how to choose foods that are healthy, tasty and nutritious (Nutrition), and take action to maintain a healthy lifestyle – for life (Do It!). It does not focus on weight itself, but instead on the behaviors that lead to overweight and obesity.   MEND 7-13 is a 20-session family Program that meets for two hours twice a week and is attended by the child and at least one

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February 1, 2018

Shawnee Health Service Celebrates Black History Month

The month of February is dedicated to an important minority group in the United States. That group is African Americans. During Black History Month, we celebrate the achievements of African Americans, and recognize the invaluable contributions and influence of African Americans in the United States. At Shawnee Health Service, we especially celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans to health care and to the Community Health Center Movement.   The Community Health Center Movement has often times been connected with the Civil Rights Movement. Important visionaries in community health were/are African Americans, and it’s important to recognize their achievements.   Millions of Americans in the 1960’s lacked access to basic healthcare, not only in impoverished inner-city neighborhoods, but also in the rural neighborhoods we are more accustomed to in southern Illinois. Civil Rights activists like H. Jack Geiger and Count Gibson founded America’s first community health centers, and now over 50 years later, health centers like Shawnee Health Service and 9,000 other sites in the United States serve over 24 million patients.   To the pioneers who have focused on community health, we say thank you.   —   During this observance, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Serv

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December 27, 2017

If you are Medicaid beneficiary, you may have begun receiving notices from Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), leaving you with many questions:   What is Medicaid Managed Care?

  • Managed Care is like private insurance for those on Medicaid. Rather than the state of Illinois paying providers directly, it pays insurance companies to coordinate your care, and the insurance companies then pay for the services you receive

  I currently have Illinois Health Connect and received a notice that it is ending December 31, 2017. What do I need to do?

  • Right now you do not need to do anything. The state will continue to pay your providers directly until April 1, 2018.
  • Between mid-January through mid-February, you will receive an enrollment packet from HFS telling you to select a Managed Care plan.
  • You will have 30 days to enroll in a plan. If you do not select a plan before your deadline you will be auto-enrolled into a plan

  How will I know which plan to pick?

  • Assistance is available to help you with the process. The organizations listed below provide free enrollment assistance to all members of the community. You do not need to be a patient to receive this service.
  • Shawnee Health Service – (618 )519-9200
  • Christopher Rural Health – (800) 408-7351
  • Rural Health, Inc. – (618) 833

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