CCRHN Quarterly Newsletter | SPRING 2020
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5 Tips for Managing Seasonal Allergies

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?

You're not alone. According to the CDC, 19.2 million adults have been diagnosed with seasonal allergies.
As plants and trees begin to bloom, they also begin to release pollen. When pollen makes its way into the nose of someone who’s allergic, it causes the body’s immune system to respond as if the pollen is dangerous and produces antibodies. This causes a release of histamines that create an allergic reaction. Some common symptoms from spring allergies include itchy or watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and cough.  

How to reduce seasonal allergies

  1. Keep windows closed (especially in the morning)
  2. Vacuum and dust frequently
  3. Stay indoors during high pollen counts
  4. Shower before bedtime
  5. If you have pets, use a damp towel to remove pollen from their coats

source: CDC
Healthcare Network is Here for You
During this global pandemic, Healthcare Network remains committed to keeping the community healthy. Our practices are open, and we continue to be vigilant for our patients.

We understands that because of the crisis, many of our neighbors may find themselves without health insurance at a time when they need healthcare services the most. Healthcare Network welcomes all patients—insured or uninsured—and provides the same high-quality standard of care to all. Our Sliding Fee Program reduces costs to patients based on their income and family size, and we encourage patients to call us at 239-658-3000 for their primary healthcare needs and pharmacy services.

Remember, if you are sick or need medical care, please call your healthcare provider FIRST . This simple act allows healthcare workers to safely assess your condition and protect all patients and staff against potential exposure should you need an in-person appointment. Trips to the emergency room should be reserved for serious health concerns, now and always.

Stay Healthy.
Coping with the Stress of COVID-19

The outbreak of a disease like
COVID-19 can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for everyone. Reactions to challenging situations can vary from person to person.

To help cope with stress relating to COVID-19, the CDC recommends the following tips:

  • Take breaks from media coverage. Constantly watching and reading news stories can be upsetting. Resist checking social media and take time to partake in activities you enjoy.

  • Take care of your body by eating healthy and nutritious meals, exercising, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding alcohol and drugs.

  • Unwind with calming activities like meditating, deep breathing exercises and stretching.

  • Seek help and talk to your provider about your concerns and how you are feeling if you start to feel overwhelmed.

For more information on how to manage stress and anxiety relating to COVID- 19, visit the CDC .

National Women’s Health Week (May 10–16)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women’s Health created National Women’s Health Week to encourage women to make their health a priority and adopt healthy lifestyle changes. During this week, Healthcare Network invites you to incorporate simple preventive health habits into your daily life such as exercising regularly and getting quality sleep. The 21st annual National Women's Health Week begins on Mother's day, May 10 and will end May 16.
To get more information about this initiative visit the CDC or the Office of Women's Health
This spring Healthcare Network will open the 50,000-square-foot Nichols Community Health Center in Golden Gate. Prior to this facility, access to healthcare for the 36,000 residents was limited, making it one of the most underserved areas in Collier County.

“With more than half of the Golden Gate population uninsured and living below the poverty line, access and affordability are barriers for thousands of Golden Gate residents,” Dr. Ptaszek said. “Healthcare Network is meeting this critical need for accessible, affordable, integrated and compassionate care by bringing the Nichols Community Health Center to the heart of the Golden Gate community.

The center will offer an array of services:
  • Primary medical
  • Children's care
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Pediatric dental
  • Integrated behavioral health
  • Drive-thru pharmacy
  • Walk-in care with extended hours

The Nichols Community Health Center is located at 12655 Collier Blvd. in Naples.


May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month was established to help fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

Why is mental health important for overall health?

According to the CDC, issues with mental health are very common in the United States, with about 50% of all Americans diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their life. Mental health is vital to our emotional, psychological, social and overall well-being. Our mental health can determine how well we handle stress and anxiety in challenging situations. Maintaining your mental health is important at every age and stage of life.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), outlines a few healthy lifestyle habits that promote good mental health and prevent mental illness:

  • Get active
  • Be mindful
  • Eat healthy
  • Avoid substance abuse and smoking
  • Try to think positive
  • Get a good night's sleep
  • Have a support system

If you are in need of resources and tools for your mental health, please visit the CDC and NAMI.

Sources: CDC , NAMI
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