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Shawnee Health Service celebrates National Health Center Week 2020

August 10, 2020

Shawnee Health Service celebrates National Health Center Week 2020   Shawnee Health Service is proud to celebrate National Health Center Week 2020 from August 9 – August 15.  National Health Center Week is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades.  National Health Center Week 2020 will be celebrated both in person and virtually this year, elevating the work that Community Health Centers have done while fighting on the front lines of COVID-19 to keep our communities healthy and safe.   Shawnee Health Service provides integrated primary medical and behavioral health care, dental care, and specialty care to southern Illinoisans regardless of ability to pay.  Community Health Centers, like Shawnee Health Service, are not just healers, we are innovators who look beyond medical charts to address the factors that may cause poor health, such as poverty, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, lack of nutrition, and unemployment.   While COVID-19 continues to exacerbate social and medical inequities across the country, Community Health Centers have stretched themselves to reconfigure services for those in need.  Shawnee Health Service has pivoted to serving our community through telehealth, drive-through COVID-19 testing wi

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June 3, 2020

Update on future re-opening for routine dental treatment

shawnee dental Shawnee Health Care, Dental will remain closed at this time until we can adopt strategies to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our offices stopped all routine dental care in March, providing emergency dental care only.   Recently, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the American Dental Association (ADA), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lifted restrictions on dental offices and provided guidance for resuming routine care while minimizing the risk of transmission of COVID-19.   The CDC recommends that oral health facilities reduce potential risk of aerosolized (converted into a fine spray in the air) COVID-19 by using the following strategies:  

  • Reducing aerosolization- such as high-volume evacuation
  • Minimizing and neutralizing strategies – such as HEPA (high efficiency particulate absorbing) filters and ultraviolet germicidal irradiation

  We are aware that many lo

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May 7, 2020

May is Mental Health Month

Shawnee Health Service recognizes May as Mental Health Month.  This May for Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is raising awareness and highlighting that no one experiencing a mental health condition should feel alone. More than 40 million people in the U.S. face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental health condition. And now more than ever, in these uncertain times, it is important for the mental health movement to come together.   Shawnee Health Service’s Behavioral Health Counseling team has not slowed down since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Starting in mid-March, the team made more than 400 calls a week to patients to offer support.  Since then, the team has rapidly responded to the need for telehealth, transitioning all face-to-face counseling appointments to phone or video.   Using evidence-based methods, Behavioral Health Counselors assist patients in identifying goals and taking manageable steps to improve their overall health.  During this pandemic, people’s mental and physical problems have not gone away.  For some patients, needs have intensified.  Here are some tips that

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April 7, 2020

Shawnee Health Service COVID-19 Operations Update

Shawnee Health Service is committed to continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of our commitment to our patients and clients who count on us for their safety and wellbeing.  We aren’t going anywhere.  We are committed to serving you and our community.   We hope that you and your family are staying safe and well.  We hope that you are following the CDC recommended guidelines for protecting yourself from coronavirus and getting your coronavirus information from reliable sources, like the CDC.  Maybe most importantly, we hope that you are taking care of your mental and emotional health.   We wanted to reach out to provide some information about what we are doing and what you can do to protect the health of our friends and neighbors in southern Illinois.  

What is Shawnee Health Care doing?

Keeping Our Patients Safe – We are asking that our patients call before their appointments.  Your Shawnee Health Care clinician will determine the best, safest way to care for you.  That may be by phone, by video visit,

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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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August 23, 2019

Shawnee Health Service receives National Quality Leader designation, $144,005 award from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)   Shawnee Health Service received the National Quality Leader designation from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). National Quality Leader designation is given to health centers that rank in the top 1 to 2% of health centers nationwide in one or more key areas: behavioral health, diabetes prevention and management, and heart health. Shawnee Health Service was one of five health centers in Illinois which received this distinction.   The National Quality Leader designation is a category of Quality Improvement Award from HRSA. For its designation as a National Quality Leader, Shawnee Health Service received a $144,005 Quality Improvement Award. These Quality Improvement Awards are given to the highest performing health centers nationwide.   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 cost than their peers and above-average results in controlling chronic conditions.”   Since its inception in 1971, Shawnee Health

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