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August 2015
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    By Billy S., RN, Wesley Nurse Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (MHM) in collaboration with The Texas Kidney Foundation hosted a free kidney health screening event at First United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi (900 S. Shoreline Blvd.) on Saturday, July 11. The community event was open to the public and provided a kidney panel test along with the opportunity for participants to counsel with onsite doctors and nurse practitioners. The individual consultations allowed for personal discussion about diabetes related chronic conditions and helped attendees learn firsthand how to prevent long-term complications. Additional services included blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol checks as well as a resource fair with representation from more than 20 local agencies. Family counseling, diabetes education, prescription assistance and charitable medical clinic referrals were a few services offered at the highly impactful event. In South Texas, statistics involving incidents...

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    By Debora S., RN, Wesley Nurse The Colorado County Circus of Health and Safety Day was held July 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Columbus Elementary School in Columbus, Texas (105 Cardinal Lane). I was happy to collaborate with a great group to help organize the 2015 event, including the AgriLife County Extension Agent, Columbus County Hospital and the Columbus Department of Health and Human Services. The health and safety day was a perfect example of community collaboration and local partnerships meeting the needs of our residents. More than 220 children and 110 adults participated in the countywide event. Each child received a backpack filled with supplies for school. They also received timely health and safety information from a variety of organizations present on the day of the event. The planning team was overjoyed with raising nearly $3, 225, which helped purchase the backpacks and supplies for the children. Families had the opportunity to view seatbelt safety...

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    Guest blog submitted by Jennifer Lee with the Center for Public Policy Priorities The new national KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation reminds us how challenging it is to be a kid in Texas. Once again, Texas ranked among the ten worst states for children. There were a few bright spots for the Lone Star State including improved math proficiency for eighth graders, and a decrease in the number of kids living in families where no parent has full-time employment. And some policy improvements in the past legislative session intended to improve the quality of pre-kindergarten are a good first step to getting children on a solid educational footing. But our state is missing too many opportunities to support our kids. Texas' poor ranking in many measurements of child-wellbeing, from education and health care to families' economic security, threatens the next generation of Texans and the caliber of the state's workforce. We're a proud state, and we all want our children...

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    By Mickey McCandless, Director of Spiritual Care & Church Connections Did you know the reference to waiting is found in 116 instances within the Bible? Psalm 27:14, Micah 7:7 and Acts 1:3-4 are some of my favorite scriptural references to waiting. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines wait as “to stay in place until an expected event happens, until someone arrives, until it is your turn to do something…to not do something until something else happens; to remain in a state in which you expect or hope that something will happen soon.” Too often we understand waiting to mean we are wasting time or not taking charge of a situation. Biblically, waiting is an active verb indicating that “to wait” is to be aware through all of the senses of what is occurring around you and discerning the right time to do the next thing. To wait is to be open to experiencing the holy moments around you: to experience feelings emanating from another person; to hear words in a broader context;...

July 2015
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    By Sandi McKinney, RN, Wesley Nurse I was delighted to participate in the Univision Health Tour, which visited San Antonio July 10 at Woodlawn Lake. The tour was part of Univision's month-long health and wellness initiative. The national media company, who caters to Hispanic Americans, created the campaign to bring education and awareness to communities about healthier living. The goal is to bring tools and empowerment to people so they can take action and lead healthier lives. Wesley Nurses and community health workers from Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM) supported Univision's goal by bringing tools for healthy living to event attendees. We provided free health screenings to more than 70 participants. The types of screenings included blood pressure and glucose checks. We also shared education about various health topics and referred individuals to additional resources based on their personal needs. Notably, 52 of the individuals screened by MHM had no health insurance. I'm so...

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    By Andy H., Community Development Manager A recent poll by National Public Radio (NPR), the Robert Wood Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health provides interesting insights into how much control Americans believe they have over their own health: Overall, 78 percent felt they had a great deal or quite a bit of control over their own health. Half of the respondents who reported being in fair or bad health did not believe they had much control over their own health. Individuals living in lower income households were twice as likely to believe they had little control as those in upper income households. Furthermore, 31 percent of Hispanic respondents believed they had little control over their health. Not surprisingly, those who reported feeling they had control over their own health were more likely to be actively involved in managing and improving their health. The individuals who reported feeling they did not have control of their own health were less...

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    By Shannon P., Parenting Programs Manager There are many things that make me proud to be a San Antonion. There's nothing quite like Fiesta–San Antonio's annual celebration; I love my Spurs and the beauty of the Riverwalk is unmatched. Unfortunately, San Antonio beats out other cities in a couple of other not-so-impressive categories. For example, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, nearly one in six adults in San Antonio do not have a high school diploma. And, Bexar County ranks second in the state for incidents of child abuse and neglect. What's more troubling, in 2013, Bexar County had the highest number of repeat victims in the state–children who are re-victimized after their families have gone through Child Protective Services. I dedicated my career to families. Prior to joining Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (MHM), I worked with city government supporting strong family units through education and prevention. I know there...

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    Q&A with Lisa O. Question: What does a Community Health Worker do at Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (MHM)? Answer: Community Health Workers (CHW) or Promotores de Salud wear many hats! CHWs are members of the community who are chosen by community members or organizations to provide basic health care to their community. At MHM, we work closely with the Wesley Nurse program. Our roles vary depending on the programming or community needs. Question: What's your typical day look like? Answer: During a typical day, I may help with organizing a health or resource fair and look for partners to promote an event. CHWs have the opportunity to educate and enroll our clients within the health insurance marketplace. More recently, we have partnered with EnrollSA to offer education sessions and enrollment assistance. Being a part of this coalition, has given us the opportunity to partner with other community agencies and health care organizations like Methodist...

June 2015
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    Interview with Brit P., Human Resources Manager at MHM and MHvsMS team member Editor's note: We are thankful for Brit's candor as she shared some personal thoughts with us about her participation in the Bike MS: Valero Ride to the River event as part of the MHvsMS team. She had some very helpful words of wisdom for new team members or riders who may be thinking about joining the team, "Just do it!" Question: Why do you ride with MHvsMS? Answer: I ride to support the people who battle Multiple Sclerosis (MS) every day. It is my nature, I am always hungry for a new challenge. For years I had heard of the Bike MS event, but I wasn't brave enough to do it on my own. When I learned about the MHvsMS team, it was an exciting opportunity to join a bunch of crazy cyclists like myself wanting to better themselves, enjoy the outdoors and also be part of the wonderful camaraderie of the group. It has been so much fun getting to know new friends. Question: How long have you been cycling? ...

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    By Ann S., RN, Wesley Nurse, Mason If it's been a while since you experienced life through the eyes of a child, then you are missing some of the best and most revitalizing medicine in the world. Seeing life as a child can renew you and remind you His teachings surround us all. Teresa W., RN, Wesley Nurse in Mertzon, is my friend and teammate. She has a love for children and a love for God that is inspiring. When she told me about teaching children about His journey, using a dozen Easter eggs, my own love for the Easter story renewed. I just knew I wanted to share her story of those colorful Easter eggs. Not just any Easter eggs, but a set of 12 special eggs known as Resurrection Eggs. Teresa explained that each egg holds a different symbol of Jesus' journey to the cross for you and me. As Teresa told the Easter story, she cracked open each egg. Beginning with a donkey in the first egg, Teresa walked with the children from Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, to Judas' betrayal, Peter's...

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