Health In Your Hands Issue #8 Fall 2014

T O U G A L O O C O L L E G E O W E N S H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S C E N T E R Newsletter Designed and Edited By George “Chuck” Patterson A Q uarter l y N e w s l e tte r Active Life for Older Adults Senior citizens programming gets a new name and look!! Page 2 AKA 5K OHWC partnered with Rho Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for a campus 5K run/walk. ! Page 4 What Exactly Is A Community Health Worker?! By Dr. Valerie Short! Community health workers (CHW's) are defined by the American Public Health Association as 'frontline public health workers who are trusted members of their community or have an unusually close understanding of the community served.' The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA, for short) champions CHW's as valued members of the healthcare workforce. CHW's are referenced in sections #5101, #5313, and #5403 of this law. The United States Federal Register permits their scope to be guided by each state's law. The occupational code assigned by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is: 21- 1094.! ! Who are CHW's?! CHW's are known by a myriad of titles including: ! Peer counselors, outreach workers, promotores, navigators, community health advocates, and so on. They are authentic grass-root public health workers who are Health In Your Hands Is s ue No. 7 - Fa ll 201 4 Community Speaks From Ferguson to Jackson, communitylaw enforcement relations must be strengthened. ! Page 5 10 Ways To Detox Daily Our bodies can become overwhelmed due to the volume of toxins exposed in its environment. Learn 10 easy ways to detox. ! Page 6 indeed on the frontline. You can find CHW's involved in various arenas of healthcare delivery from home care management to cancer navigation. Though CHW's servicing Mississippi is a fairly new concept, this practice has been in place for years- both nationally and globally. Most are lay volunteers in our state while a few others may be paid or salaried. ! ! Why Mississippi?! Mississippi (MS) is comprised of a total of 82 counties with a population of 2.8 million. The aging Baby Boomer generation has created a country of majority elderly-including in MS. Being 80% rural with even its urban areas housing several pockets of rural life; may account for the many medically underserved areas where the ratio of medical or dental provider can be as high as 1: 8,000 residents. Our state is known for its high rates of: ! ! • • • Chronic diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity, hypertension and heart disease, and diabetes! Infectious and inflammatory disease such as HIV, sexually transmissible diseases particularly chlamydia and syphilis, and tuberculosis! Cancers found at the greatest rates along the coast and in the north! Coming Soon… Check out the calendar of events for the Owens Health and Wellness Center ! Page 7 • • • • ! Wild Things Animal encounters with Bulldog/Eagle!! Page 8! Follow Us On @tougaloohealth Pregnancy related issues of preterm labor and delivery, teenage pregnancy and birth, and maternal associated medical diseases ! Lacks of appropriate and adequate exercise and nutrition ! Children affected by our rates of infant mortality; oral health disease; and accidental deaths-whether due in part to neglect, abuse, or living situations! Teenagers and young adults plagued by similar-preventable accidental disability and death; mental wellbeing including substance abuse like tobacco and alcohol use as well as recreational and over-thecounter drugs; other co-dependencies like intimate partner violence; and also suicides.! Therefore, it is apparent that MS does not have enough primary health care providers, agencies, or nonprofits to serve its residents in the most efficacious manner 'without' the utilization of CHW’s. (Continued on p. 3) "1