CCRHN Quarterly Newsletter | FALL 2020

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A COMPREHENSIVE CENTER
COMING SOON!
Continuing to fill gaps in care in Golden Gate, Healthcare Network is opening a new pediatric dental practice in the Nichols Community Health Center on October 19. With 16 operatories and two sedations suites with private recovery rooms, the practice will improve accessibility to appropriate dental care for thousands of underserved children in nearby communities. The new practice will offer services such as sealants, examinations, cleanings and fluoride treatments, and x-ray. To encourage a positive and stress-free visit, the practice offers nitrous oxide sedation to children who:

  • are anxious or fearful about dental procedures
  • have specials needs
  • have difficulty sitting still for long periods of time
  • require a prolonged dental procedure 

The opening of the pediatric dental practice is just one of the ways Healthcare Network is improving health outcomes for people in Golden Gate and ultimately creating a community where every person has access to appropriate healthcare.

To learn more, visit HealthcareSWFL.org, or to schedule an appointment, please
call 239-658-3000.
Is it the flu or COVID-19?
As we approach cold and flu season, the COVID-19 pandemic brings added complications to an already unprecedented and chaotic time. 

With the flu and COVID-19 sharing many symptoms, it can be difficult to determine if you have one or the other.

Healthcare Network's director of nursing, Cathy Brockman shares her expertise to help us know the difference between the two.

Read the full article on their blog.

Cathy's article can also be found in the November edition of Neapolitan Family magazine.
THE IMPORTANCE OF DEVELOPING A HEALTHY MENTAL HEALTH HABIT
You notice the check engine light comes on and schedule a car inspection. You notice you are having flu-like symptoms and visit the doctor. But, what do you do when you feel overwhelmed? 

In the linked article, also recently published in The News-Press and Naples Daily News, behavioral health provider, Dr. Diana Chavez helps us understand why creating healthy mental health habits can help boost resilience and reduce anxiety and depression.

Dr. Chavez suggests setting aside five to 10 minutes per day to engage in a self-check or self-reflection. This involves understanding how our emotions and feelings connect to our physical bodies. She says, "this increased awareness of our physical and mental sensations or feelings will enhance our sense of resiliency over things we might not otherwise be able to change or control."


If you are an essential worker and are experiencing stressors, feel overwhelmed or simply would like to speak to a qualified psychologist, Healthcare Network is offering up to 3 FREE mental health sessions with a behavioral health provider like Dr. Chavez.

Essential workers who are interested in making appointments should call 239.658.3000. Appointments are available via telehealth or in-person at a Healthcare Network practice.

If you have any questions, please call us or visit our website. We are here to help you.
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COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM

Working to increase testing, education and community outreach, Healthcare Network’s newly deployed COVID-19 Response Team goes door-to-door sharing critical resources and information to underserved communities throughout Collier County.

To overcome literacy, economic, language and cultural barriers, the multi-lingual team distributes culturally appropriate educational materials and messaging to encourage:

  • mask wearing,
  • proper hand hygiene,
  • physical distancing and
  • staying home when sick.

The team is also answering questions and providing information through Healthcare Network’s COVID-19 Resource Line available at 239.675.7080 or HCNCOVID@HealthcareSWFL.org.

To learn more about Healthcare Network's COVID-19 response, visit HealthcareSWFL.org.
IMPROVING HEALTHCARE ACCESS AND QUALITY FOR UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS

While protests continue to address issues of racial disparity throughout the United States, another important issue has received attention through Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Awareness Month.

To bring awareness of this important mental health topic, Healthcare Network Board Chair, Haris Domond wrote "Improving Healthcare Access and Quality for Underserved Populations" in the September edition of Neapolitan Family magazine.

Haris shines a light on mental health disparities for people of color in our community. And speaks to how Healthcare Network's integrated care model is reducing the stigma many patients feel when seeking behavioral health services.

If you are interested in learning more about primary care services including integrated behavioral health, visit HealthcareSWFL.org or call 239.658.3000.
DECEMBER 1 | WOLRD AIDS DAY


World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 to unite people around the world to bring awareness about HIV and show support and solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV around the world.

HIV awareness continues to be crucial in combating the stigma and prejudice associated with living with HIV and improving public education on this important subject. Arm yourself with the right information to begin dispelling false information. Get to know the basics.

What is HIV?
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. If HIV is not treated, it can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

How can it be transmitted?
HIV can be transmitted by sexual contact, sharing needles and from mother to baby during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding. It can not be transmitted by air, water, saliva, sweat or sharing food drinks and toilets.

Is there a cure?
Although there is no cure for HIV, antiretroviral therapy (ART), a combination of antiretroviral drugs, can suppress the virus and stop the progression of the disease. ART also reduces the chance of transmitting HIV to others.

Join us on this day to promote HIV testing, prevention and treatment. Here are some was you can show solidarity and get involved:

  1. Start a conversation to break down the stigma associated with HIV
  2. Get the world out by sharing our social posts with your network
  3. Wear a red ribbon to show your support
  4. Get tested to know your HIV status

If you or someone you know is in need of HIV testing, please call 239.658.3000 to schedule a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL appointment at a Healthcare Network Immokalee practices.

If you would like to get more information about World AIDS Day, please visit the WorldAidsDay.org.

Source: CDC
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