March 2017
A Program of LDCAA
March is Colorectal Cancer Month

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. This year, more than 135,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,200 will die of the disease.

With certain types of screening, this cancer can be prevented by removing polyps (grape-like growths on the wall of the intestine) before they become cancerous. Several screening tests detect colorectal cancer early, when it can be easily and successfully treated.

Early stages of colorectal cancer don’t usually have symptoms. Later on, people may have these symptoms:
  • Bleeding from the rectum or blood in or on the stool
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Stools that are more narrow than usual
  • General problems in the abdomen, such as bloating, fullness or cramps
  • Diarrhea, constipation or a feeling in the rectum that the bowel movement isn’t quite complete
  • Weight loss for no apparent reason
  • Being tired all the time
  • Vomiting
RHN Member Spotlight: Cypress Home Care

Top: Candace Hamilton RN, Case Manager, Tarsha Butler LPN, Jennifer Baker, Billing Director, Kasey Raulston, Community Care Coordinator. Bottom: Tammy Covington RN, Case Manager, Abby Williams RN, Clinical Supervisor, Toni Brannan RN, HCS-D, COS-C Administrator and Savannah Squires RN, Case Manager

Cypress Home Care is a home health agency located in Hugo that has been in operation since 2006. The business is owned and managed by a registered nurse with patient care as their top priority. They provide several services to the community including skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and home health aide. Currently Cypress Home Care provides employment for 11 individuals.

Cypress Home Care became a member of the Rural Health Network of Oklahoma (RHNOK) a program of Little Dixie Community Action Agency (LDCAA) in 2015 and has been very involved in several network projects. They provided a team to help coordinate a food, gift and warm blanket drive for the elderly people of Choctaw County in 2015 and 2016.

We are pleased to partner with businesses like Cypress Home Care to provide care for the people of Southeast Oklahoma. They play an integral part of the community and are a great asset.

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed for lunch daily: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

2816 E. Jackson St, Ste. B
Hugo, OK 74743


Hugo High School Football Team Members: Cauy Owen, Javion Wineberry, Ethan Present, Ryan Baker, Grayson Cox, Jarrett Vantrees, Eric Owen, Seth Harlin, Nate Ellis, Spencer Dillishaw, Wayne Ellis, Bladen Morgan, Quinton Scroggins, Kevin Mendoza, Jovanni Aquilar, Dalton Davidson, Anthony Beller, Brandon Allen, Andrew Caraway, Christian Singleton, Mathew Bray, Corrlione Fleeks, Jackson Trantham, Jared Houchen, Joshua Singchantha, Enrique Granda

Community News: Hugo Football Team are Winners On and Off the Field
In 2016, The Rural Health Network of Oklahoma (RHNOK) a Program of Little Dixie Community Action Agency (LDCAA), took in thousands of pounds of canned goods from Campbell Soup for a RHNOK program. In November and December, RHNOK distributed to over 52 senior citizens that were referred by RHN members during the holiday season. The LDCAA Transit Office allowed us to store the remaining canned goods at their facility. On January 18, 2017 the goods were given to the Washington Community Center and Food Bank. Hugo High Schools Football Coach Lloyd Smith and Team members assisted in loading and unloading of 1 ½ tons of canned goods. This group of young men was courteous, helpful and enthusiastic. With their help, the job was done in a matter of minutes. We would like to give a Great Big THANKS for their help in the community.
March National Health Observances                      
    • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
    • National Endometriosis Awareness Month
    • National Kidney Month
    • Multiple Sclerosis Education Month (promoted by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and others)
    • National Nutrition Month
    • Save Your Vision Month
    • Sleep Awareness Month (promoted by the National Sleep Foundation)
    • Trisomy Awareness Month
    • Workplace Eye Wellness Month
    • National Athletic Training Month
    • Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 13-19)
    • National Sleep Awareness Week (March 6-13)
    • Brain Awareness Week (March 14-20)
    • National Poison Prevention Week (March 15-21)
    • Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness (March 26)
    • National Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
    • National Cheerleader Safety Month
    • Problem Gambling Awareness Month
    • National School Breakfast Week (March 7-11)
    • National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10)
    • World Kidney Day (March 10)
    • National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20)
    • American Diabetes Alert Day (March 24)
    • World Tuberculosis Day (March 24)
    • Tsunami Preparedness Week (March 27-April 2)

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