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Whole person wellness - We ask everybody 

Family First Health is committed to responding to the needs of its patients and the community by providing compassionate care to those who need it the most. The opioid and heroin crisis has had a devastating impact across the nation, and in our region, resulting in a spike in drug overdose deaths, heightened risk for the spread of infectious diseases, homelessness, incarceration, and a sharp increase in the number of child protective services referrals in our counties. Families mourn the loss of loved ones, and are left questioning whether substance use treatment could have saved the life of their son, daughter, sister, mother, best friend, or partner.

The SAFER Initiative is Family First Health's substance use services program. Launched as a pilot program in our Hanover Center in August, SAFER is a two-pronged approach to identifying and responding to the needs of our patients for substance use care. Funded through two grants awarded, one by the federal government, and the other by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the program supports Family First Health in screening patients for risky or harmful substance use, and creates a pathway for patients to access the care best suited to their needs. Our designation as an "Opioid Center for Excellence," by Gov. Tom W olf, will allow us to go beyond coordinating substance use care for our patients, and enable us to actively assist patients in meeting their most basic needs including safe housing, transportation, training and employment. We know that when basic needs are consistently met, individuals have a much greater chance at sustained recovery and success.

SAFER is off to a strong start in our Hanover center with over 300 patients screened and many gaining access to substance use care. The team is positioning itself to expand services to our George Street Center in early 2017, with eventual expansion to all sites. It takes a well-coordinated team effort to combat this public health crisis. 

Free film screening of Resilience

Studies reveal toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreck havoc on the brains and bodies of children putting them at a great risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. While poverty can worsen the effects, all parts of the community can be at risk.

Join Family First Health, the York City School District and Community Progress Council on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Hannah Penn's auditorium for the showing of the documentary "Resilience," which chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. It will be followed by a Q&A panel on how we as a community can help.

Employee Spotlight: Our APEX winners 
Two Family First Health staffers received APEX Awards this week at the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers Conference. 

Tina Thompson
Title:  Practice Administrator, APEX Career Achievement Award
Started at Family First Health:  2007

Tina Thompson started with a job at a nursing home, which she kept for 32 years. Once the family sold the assistant living unit, she moved to a different type of nursing that lead her here to Family First Health. 

" I have been inspired to give back to my community and feel our mission at Family First Health has allowed me to give back every day," she said. "There was much for me to learn when I arrived at Family First Health, and I have been learning and growing every day. I enjoy going to work every day and appreciate that I have been blessed twice with a wonderful 'family' to work with."

When she's not here, Tina loves to camp, go to the beach with her family, read, tend to her flowers and take Sunday drives to nowhere.

Her greatest joy is her family and taking care of people, which comes natural for her. 

Lisa Smith
Title: Provider, APEX Patient Choice Award
Started at Family First Health:  2011

Lisa has worked in a variety of health care jobs - starting from when she was a candy striper in middle school to enlisting in the U.S. Army as a medic to her work here as a provider in our Hanover center. 

"My career has allowed me to work in a variety of areas to include nursing homes, orthopedics, general surgery, and emergency care," Lisa said. "I feel strongly that as providers we should involve the patient in the decision making, and work together to achieve holistic wellness."

The beach is Lisa's favorite place to be - it rests her mind, body and spirit. She's raised boys and loves spending time with her granddaughter. She loves soccer and has coached children for the past 15 years. 

"Above all else, I believe what you give, will always come back to you," she said. "It may not happen when you want it to, but it will always happen when you need it to!"

Mark Your Calendars

October 20, 2016
5 to 7 p.m.
Holy Hound Taproom, York.
Join Family First Health and Leg Up Farms as they try to beat their fundraising record from last year's charity bartending night.

Adams County Giving Spree
November 15, 2016
4-6:30 p.m.
Gettysburg Middle School
Extraordinary Give
November 18, 2016
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