IN THE NEWS AT SCHC
On Saturday, February 20th, 2016:
Diabetes Conference ‘That Will Change Your Life’
Do you ever wonder if anyone understands what it’s like to live with diabetes? On Saturday, February 20th in Anchorage, TCOYD (Taking Care of your Diabetes) will be hosting a diabetes conference. This will include information ‘that will change your life’.
During the conference, leading specialists in the diabetic field, who recognize how unique Alaskans health care can be, will be leading discussions, offering education and providing information on how to make life changes. There will also be exhibitors offering free materials, free health fair check-ups for eyes and feet and opportunities to speak with specialists. Education on medications, nephrology, diet and weight as well as how to cook for someone with diabetes and much more.
Sunshine Community Health Center (SCHC), is providing transportation to the William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage and back to the Clinic. There is a group registration fee of $10, which includes lunch. If you need a ride to and from the conference or would like more information, please call SCHC at 733-2273 and ask to speak with Paula concerning the diabetes conference. We look forward to seeing you!
The Eye Doctor is in!
Do you need an eye exam or glasses? Dr. Falconer from Wasilla will be in the SCHC Talkeetna Clinic, Monday, March 28th to do eye exams and to order glasses, if needed. The initial visit is $10; glasses are extra, with the price range from $68 to $98.
For an appointment, please call SCHC at 733-2273 and speak with Mike.
Would you like to take a Virtual Dementia Tour?
Developed by P.K. Beville of Second Wind Dreams, The Virtual Dementia Tour is designed to give the participant an up close, hands-on experience that provides insight to what it’s like for a person with dementia to get through the day.
Join us on Saturday, February 27th from 1:00-4:00pm at the Talkeetna Library, 23151 Talkeetna Spur Road, for a better understanding of the emotional physical needs of some with dementia. This experience will change the way you think, relate and take care of the elderly population.
Please note: This is free and open to the public, but registration is required for this session as there are limited spaces. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the tour. For more information, contact Anna Jolley, RN at the Sunshine Clinic, 907-733-9208 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let the fun begin! On April 16th at 3:00 p.m. at the Su Valley High School Gym in Talkeetna, there will be a Dodgeball Tournament for middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (9-12). Students enrolled in public or homeschool are eligible to participate. The teams must consist of six team members. All waiver packets must be submitted to Sunshine Clinic no later than March 13, 2016. For more information, contact Scott Gross at 907-733-9279, or call his cell at 205-478-5882. Scott can also be reached by e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the tournament, there will be an “After Party” across the highway from Su-Valley High with dinner, door prizes and awards for first, second and third place in each division and best uniform.
Your heart, Your health
The Talkeetna Library is offering a four-session videoconference concerning nutrition and lifestyle taught by Kate Fossman, a registered dietitian and nutritionist. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., but it is preventable with easy lifestyle changes. Come learn about simple nutrition switches to balance cholesterol levels, blood pressure and improve overall heart health, beginning Thursday, January 7th at 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, call the Talkeetna Library at (907) 861-7645.
Need a ride to Wasilla?
Sunshine Transit is now going to Wasilla, round-trip, Monday thru Friday! Sunshine Transit will pick-up folks at Trapper Creek, Talkeetna, Caswell, Willow, Big Lake and Houston locations. As there is limited space, you must call Sunshine Transit (733-9279) one day (24 hours) prior to the day you need to be in Wasilla. Calling the day you need a ride, will not insure you a seat on the bus.
Departure from the Talkeetna Clinic is 9:00 a.m.; departure from Wasilla is 3:00 p.m. We stop at Walmart, Fred Meyer and Target. Costs are: $8 – One Way; $15 Round-Trip; $10 for Seniors. Deviations must be approved by the office before departure. If you would like a schedule sent to you, call Sunshine Transit and they can send you a list.
If you would like more information, such as a pick-up time in certain locations, please call Sunshine Transit at 733-9279. Come ride with us!
A reminder from our Dispensary...
Just a reminder that when you call in for a refill that it will take three (3) working days to process your refill request. This does not include Saturday, Sundays or holidays. For example, if you call in your refill on Thursday it will be available after 4 pm the following Tuesday; call in on Friday, it will be available after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, etc. All refills are handled at the Talkeetna clinic. Please specify which clinic you want to pick up your refills or which pharmacy you would like us to send them to. Also when leaving a message on the refill line, please spell your last name and give us your date of birth. Many names sound similar and we want to be sure we are refilling the medication for the correct person.
Are you 65 years or older? Let us know what you think!
The Mat-Su Health Foundation wants to know if Mat-Su seniors are getting their health needs met. We have already talked with seniors at the local seniors center; now we are looking for Seniors who do not regularly use these Centers.
These interviews are part of a project sponsored by the Mat-Su Health Foundation that is working to improve the health and wellness of people living in Mat-Su. A person from the research firm, McDowell Group, will do the interview and the information you share will not be associate with your name and only reported anonymously in a report.
Participate in a 30-45 minute anonymous telephone interview and receive a $25 VISA Gift Card. Call Aaron Gallagher at 907-267-6503 for more information.
Stay Warm this Winter!
The snow is starting to fall as we transition a little early from fall to winter. The good news is, if you need help chasing the cold away, there may be financial assistance available. The State of Alaska will begin accepting applications for their Heating Assistance Program beginning October 1st, 2015. A single person making $2,758, or a couple making $3,735, that spent over $200 for heating last year may be eligible for help with their heating bills. If you need an application they are located in the lobby of our clinics or meet with one of our Patient Advocates if you would like help filling it out. The application is also available online at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/Documents/dpa/programs/hap/2016-HAP-Application.pdf
SCHC February Board of Directors Meeting
The Sunshine Community Health Center's Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, February 23rd in Talkeetna beginning at 6:30 p.m.
And, we have new opportunities on SCHC Board of Directors for you! We are fortunate to have such a great community of people who are a part of SCHC. There is an opportunity for you to be on the board, volunteering and being part of our board. Also, we are asking SCHC staff to be on the lookout for patrons they feel would be great board members. So don’t be surprised if you are asked to join us! If you have questions about being a member of the SCHC Board of Directors, call 907-733-2273 and we will put you in contact with board members that will be glad to assist you in becoming member. It has been a good year with more to come! Come join us!
Are you an AmazonSmile patron?
If you are an AmazonSmile patron, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the busiest shopping days of the year. This is a great opportunity to increase Sunshine Community Health Center, Inc's AmazonSmile donations by supporting SCHC when you shop at www.smile.amazon.com
Be sure to use this charity link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/92-0117838.
If you have any questions, please sign in to http://org.amazon.com and click on the Help tab.
Thank you for your participation in the AmazonSmile program and supporting SCHC!
SCHC wants to hear from you
Sunshine Community Health Center needs you in helping us to know how we are doing and how we can better serve you. When you have a moment, click on the following survey link to give us an 'update' and THANK YOU for your help!
Also, in the next few months you may receive a phone call or letter from ‘DataStat’ to ask about your clinic experience. We hope that you will take this opportunity to give us feedback. Your responses are confidential. If you have questions, please call the clinic to ask about the DataStat Survey at 733-2273. Again, thank you ahead of time!
Suicide Prevention Awareness
Early in the 1960’s, an Anglican priest by the name of Bernard Mayes thought to set up an anonymous hotline for people who had considered “ending it all”, but who were also looking help. He saw the need and made the effort to fill that need. In the same spirit with which Mr. Mayes sought to extend a “listening ear,” we here at the Sunshine Community Health Center want to assure our families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and veterans who may feel alone in their current situation and might have a need for a “listening ear”, that there are those who are ready and waiting to extend that same nonjudgmental and unconditional listening ear that Mr. Mayes provided those many years ago.
Please call the Alaska Care line 1-877-266-HELP (4357) if you want to talk to a person about your thoughts of suicide; they are waiting to hear from you today.
If you are experiencing severe depression and would like some help, you can make an appointment to see either a medical provider or the behavioral health provider here at the Clinic. If you are concerned about someone you know do not hesitate to ask whether they are considering suicide. You will not “give them ideas”; they already have the ideas and will likely appreciate being given permission to talk about their thoughts. You can then suggest making an appointment to speak to someone about these thoughts. If you believe a person is in imminent danger of doing something to hurt him or herself do not hesitate to call the Troopers.
Are you 'mindless snacking'?
Do you have periods of 'mindless snacking' or eating without paying attention to how much you are eating? This is common especially while bored, watching TV or at a party. It is important that patients are aware of when this occurs, especially those with diabetes. Here are some tips to prevent mindless snacking:
- take out a small portion from the larger bag (check portion size)
- turn the tv off while snacking and eat only when you are hungry
- half a cup of mandarin oranges/berries with half a cup of low-fat yogurt
- quarter cup of canned or fresh salmon with sliced cucumbers and six whole wheat crackers
Sunshine Community Health Center is committed to accessible, proactive, quality health care, promoting community wellness through outreach and education.
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