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Camcare Health Transformation Newsletter: April 2022



In this issue:

Inspiration Station

April Showers

Health Awarenesses

Alcohol, IBS, Autism, Child Abuse, Oral Cancer

Whats going on at CAMcare?

Events and more!

Did you know?

Minority Health Awareness Month

 

Inspiration Station


More than five centuries ago, in the 1500's, poet Thomas Tusser coined the expression "APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS". In any contemporary setting, that saying can indicate good things (flowers) come from "bad" things (rain). It's simple to take on the midset that any challenge or inconvience is bad. It is even more readily accepted to only express contentment in a circumstance as long as it suits our preferences! This April, we might consider adopting a new visual for the popular statement.

April is historically the true beginning of consistent spring weather, but it comes at the end of a season of very frigid conditions in which the earth is under extreme pressure. Leaves dried up and fell and snow fell and dried up to make way for new, brighter beginnings. In spring, the earth needs rain to prepare the ground for the new blessings! The rain is only a response to what is necessary in this season. The rain is a gift that is ready to hydrate the dry places and encourage growth beneath the immediate surface.

If we are to grow in any way, no matter the season, we have tire of old habits, throw away outdated attitudes and become open to positive opportunites! Every patient that we encounter is a flower that shows us that all the rain strorms were worth weathering! Lets grab our rain coats, prepare for the rain and watch all our flowers in full bloom!

Whitney Allen, MHA

Health Awarenesses


In April, we bring awareness to National efforts to support those suffering from Alcohol Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Autism ,Child Abuse and Oral Cancer! Please take a few moments to watch these informative clips on each awareness. Below you will find links to websites for more information on how YOU can be a conduit of awareness and change!

National Coalition on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

The Autism Society

US Department of Health and Human Services: Child Abuse Prevention






April is Oral Cancer Awareness month and OCF would like to invite you to join us in our national screening campaign to end oral cancer! Oral Cancer awareness in the American public is low. Approximately 54,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 132 new people in the US EVERY DAY will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer, and that one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it

While smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest-growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus. We cannot stop this virus from spreading; our only hope to save lives is with professional involvement and public awareness. This is your opportunity to get involved and give back to your community in hopes to raise oral cancer awareness and the need for early detection in order to save lives. Together, we have the opportunity to make a difference in the world of oral cancers.

For more information, visit the Oral Cancer Foundation.

"Flossie's Corner": CAMcare Events, Communication and Marketing


CAMcare was very busy connecting with our community in the March! We kicked of the month with the "Read Across America Tour" in CAMDEN CITY, to promote early childhood literacy. We then embarked upon several events for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month that provided Senior Living Comminuities in Camden and Gloucester counties with FIT KITS, education and fun!

CAMcare also conducted a "Nutrition Tour" across Camden and Gloucester counties. In these dynamic events, CAMcare was able to distribute 3000 lbs of food across hundreds of familes in our community. The goal to help in the fight against food insecurity was certainly fought well and we will continue to be a beacon of hope and change in the future!

These events would not have been possible without the partnership with our community partners AETNA Better Heatlh, Horizon NJ Health and the dedicated CAMcare Stakeholders that are continually making positive motion occur!

In April, we will hit the ground running with another visit from the MVC and a celebration for Minority Health Awareness Month , in partnership with the Office of Minority Health. The goal of this event is to work toward reducing health disparities in minority populations. This month will also include Black Maternal Health Awareness Activities.

Black Maternal Health Week takes place every year from April 11 –17. The month of April is recognized as a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities. Additionally, dozens of global organizations are fighting to end maternal mortality globally in advocating that the United Nations recognize April 11th as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights.

The campaign and activities for Black Maternal Health Week serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. Activities during BMHW are rooted in human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks. BCH will continue to celebrate and promote these efforts all month long.

We will end the month with a bang with "EVERY KID HEALTHY WEEK", April 25-29! During this inspirational week, children will take part in themed activities each day! Mindful Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday, Thoughtful Thursday, and Family Friday! IT'S FANTASTIC!! Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created in 2013 to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. Each day of the week shines a spotlight on the great actions schools and families are taking to improve the health and wellness of their kids and the link between nutrition, physical activity, mental health and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn and thrive!

Let's Start off with a Spring in our Step!!


For more information on any of these initiatives, contact us via email: llaws@camcare.net or 856-993-4855!




Did you know?- Minority Health Month


April is National Minority Health Month, and this year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and its partners are highlighting the important role individuals and organizations can play in helping to reduce health disparities and improve the health of racial and ethnic minority and American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

The theme for this year’s National Minority Health Month is Give Your Community a Boost! The theme focuses on the continued importance of COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as one of the strongest tools we can use to protect communities from COVID-19, which has disproportionately affected communities of color. CDC data show that some racial and ethnic minority groups — particularly Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and American Indian or Alaska Native people are at increased risk of getting sick, having more severe illness, and dying from COVID-19. Give Your Community a Boost! also supports the many other efforts happening in communities across the country to advance health equity. OMH invites you to #BoostYourCommunity by using, sharing, and attending these National Minority Health Month (NMHM) resources and events with your organization, communities, and network!

Learn more about this special month!


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