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Gov. Wolf and COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Announce Plan to Vaccinate Teachers, Other School Staff

Wolf administration, national guard, and local IUs partnering to administer the J&J vaccine Classroom learning and nutritious meals are important, especially for our youngest students

 

As part of the priority to safely and quickly get more students back in the classroom, Governor Tom Wolf and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force today announced that Pennsylvania will use the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for PreK-12 teachers and other school staff.

The governor was joined by task force members Sen. Art Haywood, from the Senate Democratic Caucus, Rep. Bridget Kosierowski from the House Democratic Caucus, Sen. Ryan Aument from the Senate Republican Caucus, and Rep. Tim O’Neal from the House Republican Caucus.

“This new single-dose vaccine adds another layer of support to get students and teachers back in the classroom,” Gov. Wolf said. “Teachers and staff who work with our children will be vaccinated, and I commend the task force and all of our partners for their tremendous commitment to their schools and communities.”

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March is National Nutrition Awareness Month!

This month, all are encouraged to make informed food choices and develop sound eating habits they can follow all year.

Get the Facts.

Malnutrition occurs with too much or too little of certain nutrients. Undernutrition is a lack of vitamins, minerals, and other essential substances in their body.

Some signs and symptoms of malnutrition include:

  • a lack of appetite or interest in food or drink
  • tiredness and irritability, an inability to concentrate always feeling cold
  • loss of fat, muscle mass, and body tissue
  • a higher risk of getting sick
  • longer healing time for wounds

Take Action.

  • Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein foods, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products are healthy choices.
  • Include a variety of protein foods such as seafood, lean meats, poultry, beans, peas, lentils, nuts, seeds, and eggs.
  • Choose fresh foods when possible or low-sodium packaged foods.
  • Limit foods and beverages higher in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium.
  • As you age, manage your calories to stay healthy.

What Does Healthy Eating Prevent?

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Some types of cancer
  • It can also help you feel your best and have plenty of energy.
  • It can help you handle stress better.

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.

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

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.

Community Health Net Receives Moderna Vaccine Shipment

 

Erie, Pa. – December 29, 2020Community Health Net (CHN), the leading Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the Lake Erie region, announced that it has received its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. Dr. Anthony Ignocheck, Acting Medical Director, Dr. Warren Beaver, and other clinical staff will receive the first distributed doses at the organization’s primary location, 1202 State St., on Tuesday, December 29, at 4 pm.

Community Health Net’s Acting Medical Director, Dr. Anthony Ignocheck, Dr. Warren Beaver, and other clinical staff will be the first to receive a dose of the just received Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at the organization’s primary location at 1202 State St. on Tuesday, December 29 at 4 pm. Clinical staff, members of CHN’s Board of Directors, and Executives will be available for comment. The media is invited to attend. Social distancing rules will be in place.

“Families in our region have been ravaged by the COVID-19 virus, along with severe economic impact to our community,” said Craig Ulmer, CEO of Community Health Net. Based on evidence from clinical trials, the Moderna vaccine was 94% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people without evidence of a previous infection. “We recognize this vaccine as an opportunity to irradicate this menace and restore vitality back to the place we call home.”

The media is invited to contact Community Heath Net for more information at 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 our region’s quality of life by providing professional healthcare services with compassion, respect, and dignity to all. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center with six locations and eight offices serving the Lake Erie region for over 35 years.

Acknowledgment

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $280,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.  For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

Congratulations to Kathy Howard

We want to congratulate one of our own, Kathy Howard, Director of Operations at CHN! She is the founding Chair of the Board of Directors for the PA School-Based Health Alliance. The mission of PSBHA is to support School-Based Health Centers across the state to grow their reach and impact more students. The goals of the organization are to provide technical assistance, create a unified voice to promote the link between educational success and health through school-based health centers and advocate with, and on behalf of, SBHCs among our elected officials, state leaders, and other stakeholders to secure and protect public funding and support for SBHCs in Pennsylvania.

We wish Kathy and the PA School-Based Health Alliance great success. Learn more at www.psbha.org.

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