Author: Community Health Net

160 Vaccinated Against COVID-19 at Girard High School

Courtesy of Erie News Now / Lilly Broadcasting.

Community Health Net secured COVID-19 vaccines and administered shots to 160 teachers and the Girard School District’s support staff on Wednesday morning during a Girard High School vaccination clinic. The number also included patients of the Community Health Net’s Girard School-Based Health Center. They were part of Phase 1A in the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s vaccine distribution plan.  Erie News Now reported the story:

“A COVID-19 vaccination clinic took place Wednesday at Girard High School. About 80 teachers and support staff who are part of Phase 1A in the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s vaccine distribution plan received the vaccine Wednesday morning. The Girard School District has a longstanding partnership with Community Health Net, which secured the vaccines and administered the shots. In addition, approximately 80 Girard community members who are part of Phase 1A – and patients of Community Health Net – will receive the vaccine on Wednesday afternoon. All available appointments have been filled and walk-ins are not permitted. Event organizers say having a clinic in Girard will be more convenient for residents than having to drive to Erie to receive the vaccine.” ~ Erie News Now

Thank you, Erie News Now for your coverage of this important event.

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Latest CDC Mask Requirements

The CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, at events, gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people. Effective February 2, 2021, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Wear a Mask that

  • Has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.
  • Completely covers your nose and mouth.
  • Fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn’t have gaps.
  • Has a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.

Don’t Wear a Mask that

  • Are made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, for example, vinyl.
  • Has exhalation valves or vents that allow virus particles to escape.
  • Are intended for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators.

How to Wear a Mask

  • Be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on a mask.
  • Do not touch the mask when wearing it. If you have to often touch/adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit you properly, and you may need to find a different mask or make adjustments.
  • Do NOT wear your mask on your forehead, around your neck, on your chin, under your nose, or only on your nose.
  • Scarves, ski masks, and balaclavas are not substitutes for masks.
  • Face shields are NOT recommended.

How to Clean your Mask

  • Reusable masks should be washed regularly. Always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.
  • Include your mask with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask.
  • Use the highest heat setting and leave it in the dryer until completely dry.

Wear a mask to keep your community, family, and self safe! For more information about safe practices, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

PACHC Comments on Expanded Eligibility; Existing Supply of COVID-19 Vaccine Statewide

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2021

For more information, contact:
Amanda Tekely, Communications Manager
Phone: (717) 761-6443, ext. 205 / amanda@pachc.org

PACHC Comments on Expanded Eligibility; Existing Supply of COVID-19 Vaccine Statewide

HARRISBURG – Cheri Rinehart, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers’ (PACHC) responds to the announcement of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to ensure that the nation’s hardest hit populations are receiving the vaccine by launching the first phase of the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Program for COVID-19 Vaccination.

“We are excited that the Biden-Harris Administration recognizes the valuable role of FQHCs in providing primary care services, including vaccination, in underserved communities across Pennsylvania and across the country. Two-thirds of the population that FQHCs serve are living at or below the federal poverty line and 60% are racial and/or ethnic minorities, populations disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.”

“While we applaud the administration’s efforts, patience is still warranted because vaccine supply remains inadequate to meet eligibility and demand. According to the administration, the program to directly distribute vaccine to FQHCs will be slowly phased in, with limited supply. Initially, only 25 health centers across the country will receive direct distribution of vaccine, and none of these health centers is in Pennsylvania. The following several weeks, vaccine will be sent directly to 250 of the nation’s 1,400 FQHCs and we don’t yet know if that includes any Pennsylvania health centers.”

“Health centers across the Commonwealth are working diligently to meet the vaccination needs of their vaccine-eligible healthcare partners, patients, and community members, and are working to do so as quickly and as safely as possible within the constraints of current supply. Our goal is to help each health center meet the needs of the communities they serve.”

“As production and distribution ramp up, we look forward to offering vaccination to more eligible individuals and to continue doing our part to make Pennsylvania communities safer.”
“We urge anyone calling to inquire about scheduling for a COVID-19 vaccine to be patient as we all work to effectively manage the administration of vaccine. We are confident that the process will continue to improve as additional vaccine supply becomes available.”

About PACHC
The Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) is a statewide membership services organization representing Community Health Centers – the largest primary care network in Pennsylvania and the nation – rural health clinics and other safety net providers that care for more than 917,000 Pennsylvanians at over 330 delivery sites in rural and urban communities across the Commonwealth. Visit www.pachc.org or call 1-(866) 944-CARE to find a Community Health Center near you.

Coronary Artery Disease – #HeartMonth

In observance of American Heart Month, Community Health Net wants you to be aware of good heart health!

Did you know?

Coronary artery disease is the most common heart disease type and is the number one killer of men and women in the United States.

What is it?

Coronary artery disease is caused by fat or plaque build up in your arteries; This can block your heart from getting the blood it needs to work well. It can cause shortness of breath or discomfort in your chest. Other symptoms are increased sweating, fast heartbeat, and feeling sick to your stomach.

What you can do.

  • Go to your family doctor and have regular check-ups!
  • Lifestyle changes are crucial to staying healthy.
  • Quit smoking, heavy drinking, and foods with high fat.
  • Eat healthy foods such as leafy greens, fruits, and foods with high-fiber.
  • Exercising regularly can help reduce heart problems and other health issues.

Talk to your doctor immediately if you:

  • Have a history of heart disease
  • Feel anything wrong with your heart
  • Are older than 65
  • Are a smoker
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Have high blood pressure or diabetes

LPN – Full Time

SUMMARY: 

The Medical Services Coordinator is responsible for the delivery of quality healthcare for clients of Community Health Net. Primary duties include providing a complete health history and accurately determining the client’s medical condition. In cooperation with the medical provider, promotes, maintains, and restores the well-being of the patient in a professional manner. Coordinates referrals to other health and social agencies; establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with clients, families, providers, and coworkers. Maintains an awareness of medical equipment and supplies in a cost-effective and safe manner. All nursing duties assigned are pending training and successfully passing competencies. Supports office activities of registration, discharge, medical records, and scheduling, as needed.

REPORTS TO: Medical Services Coordinator
POSITION LOCATION: Daniel S. Snow, MD Health Center
STATUS OF POSITION: Full-Time

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assumes responsibility for acquiring and documenting a complete health history by utilizing interviewing and assessment skills.
  • Demonstrates a basic knowledge of pathology, treatment, and implications for patient education.
  • Demonstrates ability to set priorities based on nursing assessment and displays strong organizational skills.
  • In cooperation with the Provider, promotes, maintains, and/or restores the well-being of the client in a professional manner.
  • Facilitates patient flow by assisting providers and providing timely telephone and walk-in triage. Including but not limited to; requests for lab results, inquiries regarding current condition, chief complaint, and determines the need for a visit or a request to speak with the Provider.
  • Coordinates and documents referrals to physicians and other medical or social agencies.
  • Consistently provides and documents health education for client/family and follow up based on individual needs assessment.
  • Maintains an awareness of medical equipment and supplies in a cost-effective, safe manner.
  • Adheres to Community Health Net, JCAHO, and OSHA policies related to infection control practices.
  • Collects specimens to assist in diagnosis determination, including but not limited to, venous blood draw, sputum, urine, stool, etc.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation, quality control testing, and practices in compliance with the Community Health Net Health Care Plan.
  • Maintains an awareness of differences in insurance plans and how this impacts patient care.
  • Maintains current knowledge of nursing practice issues consistent with scope and licensure.
  • Float as needed to Community Health Net sites to cover nursing.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • GED or high school diploma required.
  • Current and valid Pennsylvania LPN license and CPR certification required.
  • Ability to use computers and Windows-based software to enter data and develop reports as needed.
  • Must be responsible, precise, and organized.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology required.
  • May be required to work evenings, weekends, and some holidays based upon operational need.
  • Community Health Net provides medical, dental, and vision services to the general public including the underserved.

We believe in providing extraordinary care to our patients. Community Health Net is Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/Disability/Veteran.

To apply, please click the following link: https://www.ondemandassessment.com

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – Full Time

Summary:

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner provides primary care to Behavioral Health patients within an integrated care model. These services include but not limited to diagnosis, treatment, coordination of care, preventive care, and health maintenance.

Essential Functions:

Practices under the standard procedure established for the Nurse Practitioner role consistent with Community Health Net policy and in accordance with requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing.

  • Conducts age-appropriate assessments of patients, including history taking and physical examination consistent with department protocol.
  • Performs assessment/data collection in an on-going systematic manner, focusing on physiologic, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, and cognitive status, patient/family education, family involvement, and patient advocacy.
  • Consults with supervising physician or other clinicians as dictated by patient need and assessment findings.
  • Participates with physicians and other clinicians in the department to assure effective patient care consistent with quality indicators for patients cared for in the designated service.
  • Reviews medical records for follow-up or ordering of diagnostic studies under established protocols.
  • Establishes and maintains communication with other health care providers and departments to ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness and to promote consistency and continuity of care.
  • Demonstrates a service philosophy in all interactions with patients, families, and all members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the use of computers and telecommunication modalities to document, track and convey information.
  • Perform other related duties as necessary.

Reports to: Medical Director
Status of position: Full Time

Position Benefits

  • Competitive salary plus excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403b retirement plan, paid disability and life insurance, paid malpractice, relocation, paid CME, salary incentive, and excellent vacation package.
  • Loan repayment available through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
  • Shared on-call schedule
  • First shift schedule; five (5) 8-hour days per week
  • Single, robust EHR (NextGen)
  • Additional compensation provided for patient services provided on weekends

Requirements/Qualifications

  • Qualified applicants must possess a valid and current Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse License.
  • Master’s degree in Nursing.
  • Completion of master’s program in Adult NP, Family Practice NP, Acute Care NP or Psych/Mental Health NP required.
  • One (1) year of experience as a Nurse Practitioner in an inpatient or outpatient psychiatric care facility, including the provision of treatment and crisis intervention for members with acute or chronic psychiatric disorders.
  • Current DEA License preferred.
  • Must successfully complete the required credentialing process.
  • Must have an NPI and meet Medicare requirements for PTAN (Provider Transaction Account Number).
  • Knowledge of Electronic Health Records preferred.
  • Ability to provide quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate matter.

Community Health Net provides medical, dental, and vision services to the general public including the underserved. We believe in providing extraordinary care to our patients. Those interested in being considered for this need can contact humanr@community-healthnet.com or mail cover letter/resume/cv to Community Health Net, P.O. Box 369, Erie, PA 16512. Community Health Net is Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/Disability/Veteran.

Medical Assistant – Full Time

Summary: Community Health Net seeks a qualified Medical Assistant to join their patient-centered clinical support team. In addition to performing regular Medical Assistant job duties, this Quality Department Medical Assistant will provide direct collection and handling of patient clinical specimens for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

DEPARTMENT: Quality

REPORTS TO: Quality and Performance Coordinator

STATUS OF POSITION: Full Time

Position Benefits

  • Competitive salary plus excellent benefits package that includes an excellent paid time off the package (4 weeks per year starting), medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403b retirement plan, paid disability, and term life insurance.
  • First shift schedule; five (5) 8-hour days per week
  • Additional premium pays for providing direct collection and handling of patient clinical specimens for COVID-19.

Requirements/Qualifications

  • GED or high school diploma required.
  • Medical Assistant Certification preferred.
  • Ability to use computers and Windows-based software to enter data and develop reports as needed.
  • Must be responsible, precise, and organized.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology required.
  • May be required to work evenings, weekends, and some holidays based upon operational need.

Community Health Net provides medical, dental, and vision services to the general public including the underserved.  Northwest Pennsylvania Community Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/Disability/Veteran.

LPN – Full Time

Summary: Community Health Net seeks a qualified LPN to join their patient-centered clinical support team. In addition to performing regular LPN job duties, this Quality Department LPN will provide direct collection and handling of patient clinical specimens for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

DEPARTMENT: Quality

REPORTS TO: Quality and Performance Coordinator

STATUS OF POSITION: Full Time

Position Benefits

Competitive salary plus excellent benefits package that includes an excellent paid time off the package (4 weeks per year starting), medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403b retirement plan, paid disability, and term life insurance. First shift schedule; five (5) 8-hour days per week. Additional premium pays for providing direct collection and handling of patient clinical specimens for COVID-19.

Requirements/Qualifications

  • GED or high school diploma required.
  • Current and valid Pennsylvania LPN license and CPR certification required.
  • Ability to use computers and Windows-based software to enter data and develop reports as needed.
  • Must be responsible, precise, and organized.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology required.
  • May be required to work evenings, weekends, and some holidays based upon operational need.

Community Health Net provides medical, dental, and vision services to the general public including the underserved.  Northwest Pennsylvania Community Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/Disability/Veteran.e

February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is preventable with healthy choices, such as maintaining a healthy weight, getting moderate-intensity physical activity, and regular checkups.

Get The Facts.

  • Heart disease kills more people than all forms of cancer combined.
  • Heart attacks affect more people every year than the population of Dallas, Texas.
  • 83% believe that heart attacks can be prevented but aren’t motivated to do anything.
  • 72% of Americans don’t consider themselves at risk for heart disease.
  • And 58% put no effort into improving their heart health.

Take Action.

  • Quit Smoking. No matter how old you are, you will decrease your heart attack risk, stroke, and many other health problems.
  • Eat Healthy Foods. Eating healthy is one of the best things you can do to prevent and control many heart diseases.
  • Be Active. Improving your fitness is beneficial for your heart and blood vessels, as well as the rest of your body.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight. Staying at a healthy weight is also part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Heart Healthy Diet

  • Eat more fresh foods, like fruits and vegetables.
  • Buy plenty of spinach and broccoli.
  • Watch your sodium intake.
  • Eat whole grains likes oats, whole wheat pasta and bread, and brown rice.
  • Choose healthy fats like olive, sunflower, and canola oils.

Call Community Health Net to schedule an appointment with a provider today: (814) 455-7222. Or visit www.communityhealthnet.org for more information.

Our health information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Please be advised that this information is made available to assist the public to learn more about their health. Community Health Net providers may not see and/or treat all topics found herein.

Health Facts is a public service partnership of Community Health Net and CF Cares of Country Fair Stores, Inc.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

 

Beat the odds and win! Cervical Cancer is preventable with an annual exam and HPV vaccination. 13,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer each year.

Get the Facts.

  • The cervix is the lower part of the uterus. Cervical Cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control.
  • Most cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV.
  • HPV is contracted through intercourse with someone who has it.

Symptoms may include but are not limited to bleeding between menstrual periods, after intercourse or after menopause, pain in the lower belly/pelvis, pain during intercourse, or a discharge that isn’t normal.

Take Action.

  • Cervical cancer can often be successfully treated when it’s found early.
  • A screening test (Pap) can find changes in cervical cells before they turn into cancer.
  • If you are age 26 or younger, you can get the HPV vaccine, which protects against types of HPV that cause most cases of cervical cancer.
  • The best way to avoid getting an STI is to not have intercourse. If you do, be safe by using prophylactics and limiting the number of partners you have.

How is it Treated?

  • Surgery, such as a hysterectomy and removal of pelvic lymph nodes with or without removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes.
  • Chemotherapy.
  • Radiation therapy.

Finding out that you have cancer can change your life. You may feel like your world has turned upside down and you have lost all control. Talking with family, friends, or a counselor can really help. Ask your doctor about support groups. Or call the American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345) or visit its website at www.cancer.org.

 

Call Community Health Net to schedule an appointment with a provider today: (814) 455-7222. Or visit www.communityhealthnet.org for more information.

Our health information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Please be advised that this information is made available to assist the public to learn more about their health. Community Health Net providers may not see and/or treat all topics found herein.

Health Facts is a public service partnership of Community Health Net and CF Cares of Country Fair Stores, Inc.

Call us at (814) 455-7222