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Oct 07th


Personal Care Assistance (PCA) services: Eligibility at risk for elderly and children come July 2011

In 2009, the Minnesota legislature made significant changes to the Personal Care Assistance (PCA) program in order to save money.  An estimated 3000 children and adults who use the program will no longer be eligible for the program, come July 2011.  A significant percentage of these 3000 people are people of color.

The PCA program aids people with disabilities or chronic illnesses who need help with dressing, grooming, bathing, positioning, transferring, mobility, eating or toileting. These are called “activities of daily living.”  The program also aids those who have difficult behaviors such as physical aggression towards self or others, or destroys property that requires an immediate response of another person. These are called “Level 1 behaviors.”

Chiropractic: Delivering holistic healthcare without drugs or surgery

Chiropractic: Delivering holistic healthcare without drugs or surgeryWe all start out with the potential to be healthy. Why do we sometimes get sick, experience pain, or have other health problems? Often the answers can be found in our lifestyle choices. I am a Doctor of Chiropractic, delivering no drugs, no surgery, believing in the body’s ability to heal itself when negative interferences are removed. Over the course of my career I’ve been asked some interesting questions. One question asked is:

Q: I’ve been hearing a lot about chiropractors lately, both good and bad. I know they treat back pain and soft tissue injuries from car accidents, and sports injuries like sprained ankles, but what exactly is chiropractic and how does it work?

A: With approximately 65,000 Doctors of Chiropractic in the United States, 6,000 in Canada, and more than 10,000 internationally, chiropractic is recognized as the fastest-growing and second-largest primary health care profession in the world. Yet despite its rising popularity, many people remain confused about what exactly chiropractic is and how it works.

More health care for the Whittier community

More health care for the Whittier communityHennepin County Medical Center’s Whittier Clinic is currently in the process of opening its brand new, state-of the-art medical facility which will provide access to multi-specialty care right in the neighborhood. The new clinic will replace the existing Family Medical Center, one of HCMC’s four neighborhood clinics.

The current clinic serves a 60 % Hispanic community, also providing help to African Americans and South East Asians. For 25 years Family Medical Center has served a number of patients in South Minneapolis. HCMC hopes the new clinic will better serve their already large patient base and potentially serve more of the immigrant populations in the area.

One of the big things the new clinic plans to provide is more space explained Jerry Potts, MD, Chief of Family Medicine at HCMC. “We had outgrown our facility, and if we didn’t do something, we would have eventually had to stop seeing new patients.”

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Killer of 600 MN Women a Year

The signature pink ribbons are hard to ignore across Minnesota, with October being designated National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, more than 3,000 Minnesotans, mostly women, will be diagnosed with the disease - and about 600 will die. Yet it's one of the most treatable cancers, with a five-year survival rate of 90 percent if it's found before it spreads. 

American Cancer Society spokesman Lou Harvin says there is just one thing worse than hearing the words "you have cancer."

"And that is to hear someone say, 'Why didn't you come in earlier?'

Health officials report cluster of influenza cases in long-term care facility

It’s not clear if cases signal start of influenza season, but it’s not too early to vaccinate

The Minnesota Department of Health has identified a cluster of influenza cases in a long-term care facility in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. While it is unclear whether this cluster of cases represents sporadic influenza activity that can occur outside the usual influenza season or the start of the influenza season in Minnesota, health officials said, it does serve as a reminder that flu season is just around the corner and it’s not too early to get vaccinated.

Three residents of the facility tested positive for influenza A by rapid test and were later confirmed as having influenza A/H3 by the MDH Public Health Laboratory.

October 15 is Latino AIDS Awareness Day in Minnesota

HIV testing opportunities planned for October

Minnesota will join the eighth annual observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) on October 15 to raise awareness of the increasing HIV infection rates among Latinos across the nation.

Since 1982, 643 Latino men, women and children have been diagnosed with HIV infection in Minnesota, including 138 that have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Currently, there are 521 Latinos living with HIV in the state, including those who moved to Minnesota after they were diagnosed in other states. Statewide, HIV infection rates for Latinos were five times greater than whites. In 2009, 996 Latinos were also infected with other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

American Cancer Society’s Health Summit at UROC

  American Cancer Society’s Health Summit at UROCOn Saturday, Sept. 25, the American Cancer Society held its 2nd Annual Twin Cities Health Summit at UROC, promoting healthy lifestyles and cancer awareness in the African American Community. This year they recruited the help of NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center as well as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. drawing a larger crowd of community members.

Keith Allen, American Cancer Society project coordinator, said people can reduce their chances of developing many cancers if they simply take care of themselves. He believes one of the ways the fight against cancer can be won in the African American community is through open dialog about health, and that is exactly what he received.
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