Author: Community Health Net

Things to Know This Flu Season

woman with fluThe flu is caused by several influenza viruses (which are not the same as the virus that causes COVID-19). Most flu outbreaks happen in late fall and winter. Getting a flu shot in the autumn can help prevent the virus for the entire flu season. Most people with the flu get better after a few weeks, but they can pass it to other people who are at higher risk of health problems, such as babies, pregnant women, older adults, and people with other serious illnesses. Find out the symptoms of the flu and what to do if you get sick.

If you suspect you may have the flu, or are interested in getting a flu shot, contact Community Health Net by calling (814) 455-7222 today.

You can also check out our COVID-19 Symptom Checker to decide when to see a doctor.

Colon Cancer Can Kill!

Recent events have brought to light the need for all of us to be proactive about our health!  Learn more about Colon Cancer and how to protect yourself!

What is Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer means that cells that aren’t normal are growing in your colon or rectum. These cells grow together and form polyps. Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer. This cancer is also called colorectal cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where the cancer is. It is the third most common cancer in the United States. And it occurs most often in people older than 50.

What are the symptoms?

Colon cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms until after it has started to spread. See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Pain in your belly
  • Blood in your stool or very dark stools
  • A change in your bowel habits, such as more frequent stools or a feeling that your bowels are not emptying completely

Learn More

Learn more about how colorectal cancer is screened, diagnosed, and treated at our new health library, or schedule an appointment with a provider today at 814-455-7222.


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

This Weekend, Help Stop The Spread

What can you do?

⁣This weekend, don’t forget to help Stop The Spread!

COVID-19 is a real threat, so practice social distancing! As healthcare providers, we want you to be safe! So, don’t attend or host large gatherings, and stay at least 6 ft apart in public.  These are crucial steps you can take to stay healthy.  And remember, if you’ve been in close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19, Get Tested!

Look for Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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This message was brought to you by Community Health Net, Erie County Department of Health, and HRSA.

CHN Launches New Website

​Community Health Net​, ​the leading Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the Lake Erie region, announced the launch of its new website at ​​. The new contemporary design features a patient portal, a health library, a learning center, and health and fitness tools.

“The launch of our website is an outcome of our strategic marketing plan,” said Craig Ulmer, CEO of Community Health Net. The new website is mobile-ready and ADA compliant. It provides ease of access to medical, vision, dental, pharmaceutical, and other services, ensuring that no digital barriers exist for community members to access care. “This effort provides a clear path for our community members to get pertinent information on our services, locate a provider nearest them, and fulfill their health needs.”

Patients of Community Health Net who use the new website can access their past medical history, make appointments, check lab work, request prescription refills, and communicate with their provider through a private, secure, and encrypted portal. Additionally, the site provides detailed information on the organization’s providers and staff, links to locations via Google Maps, and detailed information on Community Health Net’s Ryan White Part C HIV/AIDS, Health Care for the Homeless, and Outreach and Enrollment programs. The site will facilitate a News and Events blog with health tips and information for the community.

“When people know the facts about their health, they can take practical steps to keep their families healthy. So, clear and concise information is important,” said Ulmer. The Patient Education Library, a component of the new design at, provides abundant information on health topics and symptoms, in addition to interactive tools to help people address issues such as – but not limited to – smoking cessation, depression, and obesity. “Our ability to provide vital tools and qualified health information to the patient population we serve is critical to our community’s well-being and vitality.”

The media is invited to contact Community Heath Net for comment. 814.454.4530 x227

About Community Health Net

Community Health Net is the preeminent, community-focused healthcare network that advances the wellness of the region. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our region by providing professional healthcare services, with compassion, respect, and dignity to all. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center with seven locations serving the Lake Erie region for over 35 years.

Call us at (814) 455-7222