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July 2015
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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 Protectives 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...

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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 Promotoras 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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    Interview with Pete O., Technical Services Manager at MHM and MHvsMS team member Editor's note: We recently had the opportunity to learn more from Pete O., a veteran MHvsMS team member, about his participation in the Bike MS: Valero Ride to the River. The team rides in support of those who battle Multiple Sclerosis (MS). While we weren't surprised by Pete's giving spirit or positive attitude, it was inspiring to hear why Pete rides in his own words. Question: Why do you ride with MHvsMS? Answer: I previously played basketball, but age had a chat with me and said that was a bad idea. I still loved to exercise so I began running Triathlons, but running became an issue, which is when I began to focus on cycling. When I began working at Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (MHM) a flyer for the team caught my eye. Since I already rode, I figured I should do it for a good cause. Being part of the MHvsMS team is just fun! The team consists of a great group of people....

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    By Christine "Chris" Yanas, Director of Government Relations Sometime before the end of June, the United States Supreme Court will be issuing a ruling in the King v. Burwell case that will decide whether financial assistance to consumers in the form of premium tax credits or subsidies will continue to be available in all states, or whether they will be eliminated from the approximately 36 states that offer insurance coverage through a federal health care marketplace, including Texas. Should the Court decide to eliminate the premium tax credits for these states, the loss of the subsidies would be devastating to millions of families across the country that were able to secure affordable insurance coverage with the financial assistance of the federal government. In Texas, as many as 1.4 million individuals, including thousands of children, could go uninsured if the Court rules against the government. Roughly 10 percent of Texas marketplace enrollees are children, meaning more...

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    Interview with Maria H., Administrative Assistant at MHM and MHvsMS team member Editor's note: Recently, we asked Maria H. to share some insights into what inspired her to ride with the MHvsMS team in Bike MS: Valero Ride to the River. We've seen Maria's dedication to the ride and passion for raising funds to support the cause, but through Maria's own words, we learned more. She is determined, faithful and very funny as she explains her passion to see an end to Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Question: Why do you ride with MHvsMS? Answer: I ride so I can spread the word about MS. I want to promote awareness of this disease and raise funds for a cure. My first MS experience was in 2009. I participated in the MS Walk and had the opportunity to meet the late Amy Dorsett. She was an inspiration! She taught me about perseverance and having a positive attitude no matter how sick you might be. Through the National MS Society, I volunteered at Bike MS: Valero Ride to the River in 2009 and 2010....

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    Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (MHM) joined local organizations in friendly-competition at the San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup presented by H-E-B on Saturday, May 30. MHM's inaugural year of participation was challenging, inspirational and, most of all, fun! MHMer's competed in events, such as basketball, tug of war, corn toss, sack races and a 2K wellness walk. "It was fun witnessing the eagerness of everyone prior to the event and their excitement about competing. On event day, the competitive spirit of our team member's and their families was high," shared Regina Garcia, benefits administrator and corporate cup team co-captain at MHM. MHM is no stranger to healthy living. In fact, MHM was recognized as a finalist for the San Antonio Business Journal's 2014 Healthiest Employer's Awards. "Now we know what to expect next year. We look forward to participating again and bringing a Corporate Cup trophy back to MHM," explained Alicia Rodriguez, human resources...

April 2015
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    By Rev. Mickey McCandless, Director of Church Connections & Spiritual Care The Rio Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church was created January 1, 2015 through the unification of the Rio Grande Annual Conference and the Southwest Texas Annual Conference. The newly formed Rio Texas Conference now encompasses 74 counties of South Texas and marks the geographic area served by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (MHM). A church conference is the primary organizational unit of The United Methodist Church and has been the basic structure of the Methodist Episcopal Church since beginning in North America in 1784. A conference is equivalent to a diocese in the Roman Catholic and Episcopal Churches or presbytery in the Presbyterian Church. The Rio Texas Conference is one of 57 conferences in the U.S. and 79 additional in Africa, Europe and the Philippines and administratively guided by Bishop James Dorff. The unification of the two conferences developed from two...

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