By Bill Jones
Today prescription opioid abuse among pregnant women has reached epidemic proportions. From 1992 to 2012, expectant moms reporting prescription opioid abuse increased substantially from 2% to 28%. Here in Kentucky, we have one of the country’s highest rates of women diagnosed with opioid use disorder when giving birth. In 2014, such cases accounted for 19.3 out of every 1,000-delivery hospitalizations, well above the national average 6.5 per 1,000 for that year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading “Supporting Moms and Babies Impacted by Opioids in Kentucky”
By Kelly Munson
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, providing 31 days to raise awareness of viral hepatitis, a silent epidemic affecting more than five million people in the United States.
Continue reading “Treating Members with Hepatitis C in Arizona”
By Scott Cummings
April marks a decade of service for the Care1st Avondale Resource Center.
Ten years ago, Avondale had a limited human services system. If left this way, it could not support its residents. Care1st Health Plan Arizona (Care1st) knew there was a need for these types of services in this underserved area. With this in mind, we sought to find a way to help not only our members, but the community as a whole.
Continue reading “The Care1st Avondale Resource Center Celebrates a Decade of Service in Arizona”
We all know that children can’t vote. So, who is looking out for them when it comes to legislation? Continue reading “Let’s Ensure Our Children’s Voices Are Heard”
By Mark Leenay, M.D.
As a physician, I have seen firsthand the devastating complications type 2 diabetes can have on not only a patient, but also their families. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body’s blood glucose (sugar) levels are too high and can lead to serious complications such as kidney disease, blindness and amputations. Continue reading “Tomorrow, March 26, is Diabetes Alert Day”
By Rhonda Mims
On the eve of International Women’s Day, which is tomorrow, March 8th, I’m reflective on and appreciative of all the women who have paved an incredible path for me and who afforded me the opportunity to pay it forward by driving change for others. Thanks to a number of good women and a few good men over the years who mentored me, I have been enormously fortunate to work with some amazing community partners and thought leaders, while leading diversity initiatives for Fortune 200 and global professional services organizations. It has been an incredible journey, and the ride continues with fast-paced momentum. Continue reading “The Importance of Mentoring Women Leaders”
By Dr. Mark Leenay
In recognition of March being National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it is time to talk with your healthcare professional and see if you need a colorectal cancer screening!
Continue reading “Schedule Your Colorectal Cancer Screening in March!”
Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good health throughout life. This is true for many things, like introducing healthy foods, fun exercise and good dental hygiene habits.
According to the American Dental Association, children’s teeth are at risk for decay as soon as they appear, usually when the child is six months old. However, they are also very important for the baby’s development and health-impacting the way to jaw grows, how a baby forms words and eats. Poor oral care, however, can lead to infection, disease, and other teeth and health problems. Continue reading “Healthy Smiles Start With Early Education”
By Cynthia Miller
Sticking to your medication routine – known as medication adherence – means taking your medications as prescribed. The right dose, at the right time, in the right way and frequency.
Why is this important? Simply put, not taking your medicine as prescribed by a doctor or instructed by a pharmacist could lead to your health getting worse, hospitalization and possibly death. Continue reading “Are You Taking Your Medication Correctly?”
By Scott Cummings
February is Early Childhood Education Awareness Month, an ideal time to reflect on what’s best for our children and how to kick-start healthy development from a young age. The early child period − between birth to five years old − is the most important developmental phase, as it impacts long-term social, cognitive, emotional and physical development in children.
Continue reading “Early Childhood Education Supports Healthy Development and Academic Success”
By Dr. Traci Thompson Ferguson
Arthritis can affect people throughout the year, however the winter months can often bring a special challenge to sufferers, as the cold and damp weather may increase stiffness to joints and cause greater pain than normal.
Fortunately, there are several things that you can do when the weather turns cold to decrease the joint stiffness caused during these frigid months. Continue reading “Tips to Manage Arthritis Pain in the Winter”
Now more than ever, grocery stores and food companies provide us with an abundance of information about potential allergens in our food. Most of us have choices if we are allergic to nuts, wheat or to any of the other more than 170 foods that have been reported to cause reactions. Continue reading “Assisting Families with Food Allergies Access Healthy Foods in Kansas City”