AHN News | February 2019
Your monthly news & updates from AHN!
AHN Goes Red
Access to Healthcare staff wore red to kick off February as American Heart Month. Red symbolizes support of heart disease awareness, the #1 killer of women in the U.S.

This month, we’re joining the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and The Heart Truth to spread the word that reducing the risks of heart disease.
Eat Your Heart Out: A Beginner’s Guide to the Heart-Healthy Diet
February marks American Heart Month, which is more than fitting given the abundance of heart-shaped paraphernalia lining store shelves this time of year.

In honor of this month-long celebration, AHN’s Registered Dietitian is here to share simple steps that you can take today to keep your ticker in tip-top shape for years to come.

The Heart of the Matter

Heart disease – also referred to as cardiovascular disease – is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. An estimated 92 million Americans (roughly 29% of the population) currently live with some form of heart disease, while nearly one in two Americans are at risk.

Despite its widespread prevalence, heart disease is considered largely preventable through diet and lifestyle choices. Taking small steps to adopt healthier lifestyle habits now can help prevent or delay the onset or progression of heart disease in the future.

Colorectal Cancer Screening - Free FIT Kits
The Nevada State Health Division and Access to Healthcare Network have partnered to provide FIT kits, for colon cancer screening. The FIT option is a simple and convenient option that can be done from home.

If you, your patients, or someone you know could benefit from this program, call 877-385-2345 for more information.
Senior Medicare Patrol - Free Services for Vulnerable Seniors
Access to Healthcare administers the Senior Medicare Patrol program, empowers and assists Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to prevent, detect and report healthcare fraud, errors and abuse through outreach, counseling and education. Staff and volunteers provide information on how to protect Medicare beneficiary personal information, detect errors as well as potential fraud and abuse, and how to report errors and suspicious activity.
Genetics Series
Thank you to geneticist Dr. Slotnick for taking his valuable time to teach AHN staff and community members about genetics and genomics in cancer prevention and treatment. We enjoyed the presentation and look forward to future learning opportunities with Dr. Slotnick.

Dr. Slotnick's next presentation is March 20 at 12 pm - 1 pm focused on "how the geneticist approaches birth defects." This free presentation is open to the public. View the flyer for address and information.
AHN Ryan White Team Receives Prism Award
AHN's Ryan White team attended the Statewide HIV Summit in Las Vegas where the team collaborated with other Nevada agencies. 

During the Summit, the team received a Prism award, a sign of excellence and recognition of superior achievement.
Meet the Team - Sarah R., Care Manager
Sarah is excited to join the Access to Healthcare Network team. In her role as an Access Care Manager, she looks forward to helping clients align with the services and care they need to prevent them from reentering the hospital system. Sarah is passionate about helping improve our community and has spent the majority of her career working with various social-service, non-profit, and community-based organizations to help at-risk populations obtain needed resources to better themselves, their families and the community. 
 
When not helping those in the community, she enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband Brian welcomed their daughter Ayah this past summer. Sarah is a fun-loving person who enjoys laughing, good food, cooking, playing in lakes and the ocean, music, and dancing. She is a member of a “Vintage Cabaret” Dance Troupe.
AHN Receives Grant from NV Energy
The NV Energy Foundation awarded AHN with funds to assist our Medical Discount Plan members with their cancer treatment.

Thank you to NV Energy for their generous support of our organization and members.
AHN Receives Community Grants from Walmart Stores
AHN would like to thank Reno Walmart store #2106, located at 2425 E 2nd Street, and store #3254, located at 5260 W 7th Street, for their recent donations.

Walmart generously granted AHN unrestricted funds to support our various programs.
National Healthcare News
VA Planning To Shift Billions of Dollars of Care To Private Providers
The Department of Veterans Affairs is preparing to shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans' hospitals to private health care providers, setting the stage for the biggest transformation of the veterans' medical system in a generation. According to a New York Times report, under proposed guidelines, it would be easier for veterans to receive care in privately run hospitals and have the government pay for it. Veterans would also be allowed access to a system of proposed walk-in clinics, which would serve as a bridge between VA emergency rooms and private providers, and would require co-pays for treatment. 
Worst Measles Outbreak in Decades
That's according to the CDC in New York and Washington states. Over the past four months, there were 200 confirmed cases in New York, the most since 1989, and 37 confirmed cases in Washington state, the most since 1996, mostly due to lowered rates of vaccinations for children in both states. There were 349 measles cases in the US in 2018, the second-highest total since measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. Through Jan. 24, the CDC reported 52 cases in seven states: Washington, Oregon, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, California and Georgia. 
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