April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), is observed every April to support those struggling with alcohol addiction and educate others. According to the NCADD, over 15 million American adults battle Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), and nearly 90,000 people die annually from alcohol-related deaths.

Additionally, many young people start drinking before the age of 15. A quarter of teens ages 14–15 said they have tried alcohol at some time in their lives, and the proportion increases to 44 percent for teens ages 16–17. Alcohol use is associated with a greater likelihood of using other substances, including marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs.

Learn more about talking to your children about alcohol abuse and prevention, and start the conversation about underage drinking.
HCC CEO Toniann Richard Presents at
American Public Square on April 1 and at Rural Health Workforce Conference on April 22-24

Register, now for these events!

The Impact of Vaccination on Lives and Livelihoods: A People’s Dialogue – April 1, 2021 @ 6:00PM CT

Join American Public Square at Jewell, The Center for Practical Bioethics, and the Health Forward Foundation as we host a people’s dialogue. We will explore people’s perspectives on the Covid 19 vaccine and how that may affect their lives and livelihoods. What might the long-term implications be for communities who choose or refuse to get vaccinated and what does, and should that mean for all of us? Join us for this conversation on April 1st at 6PM via Zoom webinar.
Rural Health Workforce Conference
Friday, April 23 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
COVID-19 and the Impact on Rural Communities: Toniann Richard-Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri; Dana Dahl-Missouri Hospital Association; Dr. Laura Morris & Lynelle Phillips-University of Missouri

Listen and join the conversation as our panel reflects on how COVID-19 has impacted the rural communities and how our health care providers responded to the global pandemic. The participants will identify some best practices that emerged from the response, as well as areas for improvement.
The Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA), in partnership with Missouri University School of Medicine, and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will host the Rural Health Workforce Conference Thursday, April 22 through Saturday, April 24, 2021.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the conference will no longer be held in-person and will be entirely virtual.

Tickets are $50 and refunds are not available. Links to access the virtual conference will be sent out prior to the event.

Attendees must be registered by April 16.

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Learn More About the Customized Caregiver Training and Relief Program
Help Spread the Word!
The Customized Caregiver Training & Relief Program (CCTRP) offers caregivers free care consultations, customized in-home care assessments and training, and tools to reduce stress, improve communication, and make home-safety improvements. Additionally, the program reimburses up to $700 for qualified respite-related expenses. 

CCTRP, provided through a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), incorporates two tracks: Caregiver Training Program and Caregiver Relief Program. Learn more about program benefits and help spread the word about these free services.
The Caregiver Training Program, provided by Memory Care Home Solutions, reduces caregiver stress, improves ability to manage daily caregiving, helps families implement new dementia-care strategies, increases overall confidence and dedication, and helps individuals with dementia remain at home.

Contact an intake specialist at 314.645.6247 or visit MemoryCareHS.org
The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Missouri is offering the Caregiver Relief Program

It includes care plans to address unmet needs, links caregivers to resources, and reimburses for qualified respite expenses up to $700. 

Missouri Launches New Statewide Transportation Resource Guide to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Access
The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), with the support of the Missouri Advisory Committee on Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, launched a new statewide transportation guide to help address and eliminate barriers to COVID-19 vaccine access. “Get a Ride” can be found at MOStopsCovid.com/ride.

The Missouri Advisory Committee on Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, which was formed in 2020 to work directly with and engage the DHSS’ external partners and stakeholders, is proud to share this new resource with Missourians, vaccinators, providers, and other key stakeholders. This guide is the result of efforts made to increase access to free and low-cost transportation resources across Missouri’s rural, suburban, and urban communities to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
New Information About the COVID-19 Variants Continue to Emerge
No Time to Ditch the Masks

Information about the characteristics of COVID-19 variants is rapidly emerging. Scientists are working to learn more about how easily they spread, whether they could cause more severe illness, and whether currently authorized vaccines will protect people against them.

COVID-19 has three confirmed variants that include the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil strains. All have been reported in the United States, with a new strain emerging in New York City and California.
ACA Special Enrollment Period Runs Through August 15
You can enroll in Marketplace health coverage from February 15 through August 15 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency.

You may also still be able to enroll for 2021 any time these two ways: with a Special Enrollment Period or through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Brush Up on Oral Health
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), young children don’t have the fine motor skills to brush their teeth adequately until around age 7 or 8 (when they can tie their shoelaces without help). To help young children form healthy habits, it’s good for them to brush their teeth with an adult supervising. An adult should thoroughly brush the child’s teeth at least once a day (in the morning or before bed).