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CAMcare Health Transformation Newsletter: May 2022



In this issue:

INSPIRATION AND EDUCATION:

"Sunshine on a cloudy Day"

HEALTH AWARENESS:

National Arthritis Month, National Stroke Awareness Month, ALS Awareness Month, National Celiac Disease Awareness Month, Brain Tumor Awareness

FLOSSIE'S CORNER

Marketing and Communications

DID YOU KNOW?

CAMcare on the Map

Stay Connected to CAMcare

 

THE "INSPIRATION STATION"- Sunshine

In 1965, the world renowned quintet, the Temptations, released a song called "My Girl". Although the lyrics may not come to mind, the opening statements are always recognizable..." I've got sunshine on a cloudy day. When its cold outside, I've got the month of May". They go on to emphasize the feeling they have when a certain special someone is with them, or when they think of that person. It leads the listener to understand that the way to see through an undesired or difficult situation is to focus your heart and attention on what is sure..on things that uplift...on one thing that fuels you to keep going!

Healthcare is a collection of things. It's identifying symptoms, reporting possible outcomes, consistently calling when people aren't responding, re-educating on the same issues in different ways etc. Healthcare is caring for people and presenting the best options for people that may or may not be receptive! It is focusing on what can be, determining what looks hopeful and walking toward the sunshine! The life and breath of all we do is helping all of us to shift our focus and see a better, brighter, sunny day!


Let's take May by storm. Focus on the sunshine, be grateful for the challenges and shine a light for those you touch each day! You may be the only ray of hope they see today!

Whitney Allen, MHA

 

Health Awarenesses


In May, we bring awareness to National efforts that support those suffering from Arthritis, Stroke, ALS, Celiac Disease, Brain Tumors and Mental Health! Please take a few moments to watch these informative clips on each awareness. Below you will also find links to websites for more information on how YOU can be a conduit of awareness and change!

 

A diagnosis of arthritis can be overwhelming. You’re dealing with a lot of new information. You may feel worried about the future. And you’re getting used to talking with different health care providers who help you manage your disease. A chronic illness can be a lot to handle but rest assured, you can do it.

Self-management is about making healthy lifestyle choices and learning to manage the physical and emotional effects of arthritis. You’ll need to learn all you can about your disease and build a strong partnership your doctors. These self-management habits can help you successfully manage your disease:

  • Be Organized

  • Manage Pain

  • Address your emotions

  • Tackle fatigue

  • Improve Sleep

  • Get moving

  • Balance Activity with rest

  • Eat a balanced diet

The Arthritis Foundation has multiple articles and helpful information to help manage the symptoms of arthritis in all its forms.

 

Stroke is dangerous and deadly, but you can control and treat several risk factors for it. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a leading cause of stroke and the most significant controllable risk factor. The nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke damage the cardiovascular system and pave the way for a stroke. The use of birth control pills combined with cigarette smoking can greatly increase the risk of stroke. These are all risk factors within your control. However, there are also factors that are not as controllable. These include Age, family history, race, gender and personal health history!

Here are steps to take to be healthier and reduce your risk of stroke:

• Don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke.

• Improve your eating habits. Eat foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and added sugars.

• Be physically active.

• Take your medicine as directed.

• Get your blood pressure checked regularly and work with your healthcare provider to manage it if it’s high.

• Reach and maintain a healthy weight.

• Decrease your stress level.

• Seek emotional support when it’s needed.

• Have regular medical checkup

For more information and resources, visit The American Stroke Association.

Be sure to schedule with your CAMcare primary doctor for preventative actions that could help to improve every area of your health!


 

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This fatal disease can strike anyone at any time. It takes away the freedom to walk, to talk, to run and dance. To laugh. To hug. To eat. To breathe. We fight to give that independence back – and help empower people to live life to the fullest.The ALS Association leads the way in global research and helps 20,000 Americans living with ALS. Your gift today will help find a cure for ALS, while providing care and support to families right here in your community.

For more information, visit The ALS Website.


 

Celiac disease is a chronic digestive and immune disorder that damages the small intestine. The disease is triggered by eating foods containing gluten. The disease can cause long-lasting digestive problems and keep your body from getting all the nutrients it needs. If you have celiac disease, you may experience digestive symptoms or symptoms in other parts of your body. Digestive symptoms are more common in children than adults. Some people with celiac disease have no symptoms. To treat celiac disease, you will need to follow a gluten-free diet. Your doctor will explain the gluten-free diet and may refer to you a registered dietitian who specializes in treating people who have celiac disease. A dietitian can teach you how to avoid gluten while eating a healthy, balanced diet.

National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases


 

A brain tumor is a growth of abnormal cells that have formed in the brain. Some brain tumors are malignant (cancerous), while others are not (non-malignant, non-cancerous or benign). A brain tumor can form in the brain or other parts of the central nervous system (CNS), such as the spine or cranial nerves. The brain plays a central role in the control of most bodily functions, including awareness, movements, sensations, thoughts, speech, and memory. A tumor can affect the brain’s ability to work properly and adequately perform such functions.

For more education and information, visit the American Brain Tumor Association.


 

May is MENTAL HEALTH AWARNESS MONTH!

For 2022’s Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI will amplify the message of “Together for Mental Health.” We will use this time to bring our voices together to advocate for mental health and access to care through NAMI’s blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events.

Together, we can realize our shared vision of a nation where anyone affected by mental illness can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

To be a part of this amazing initiative, visit The National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Stay tuned to all the events coming to our healthcare centers throughout the month. For more information contact our Clinical DIrector of Behavioral Health at debraford@camcare.net.


 


Flossie's Corner:

Marketing and Communications


What a year we are having!😊. In May, we recognize so many things including Mother's Day, Mental Health Month, and overall health in our communities! As is our custom,on May 10th we will partner with the Motor Vehicle Commision to provide connection to services at our Clementon site. On May 18th, Gateway will hold the "Red, White and Blue Hero Luncheon" for first responders in the great city of Camden.Please stop by and shake hands with Camden's Red, White and Blue Hero's. Shortly thereafter on May 21st, join us for a day of fun activities that promote healthy living! At Get Healthy Camden, you will have the opportunity to engage with health and wellness professionals, to enhance your physical, mental and social wellbeing. Thank you in advance for sharing with your friends, family, patients, clients, coworkers, and community partners.

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

 

DID YOU KNOW?- CAMcare's on the Map!!

It's the most rewarding to see our patients have better health outcomes as a reuslt of our services! An additional benefit is the impact that our diligence has on the community at large! We were recognized by the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, consistent partner in care, who states

"Special thanks to our partners at CAMcare and all involved in the delivery of this important dialogue." Click the link to access the recording of our Town Hall: A Conversation About the Covid-19 Vaccine During Pregnancy. Please see the results of the participant poll below.

  • 92% of respondents learned something new about Covid-19 vaccines and boosters

  • 75% of respondents agreed they were more likely to recommend the Covid-19 vaccine and/or booster

  • 75% of respondents agreed they were more likely to consider or receive the Covid-19 vaccine and/or booster

Everyday YOU are a major asset to fulfilling our mission! Thank you and Shout out to the entire CAMcare family for ALL YOU DO!

 

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