SBHC Celebrates National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month with an Open House
Published on Friday, 28 February 2014
Students perform better when they show up for class healthy and ready to learn. The School-Based Health Alliance also reports adolescents who received counseling services in a school-based health center significantly decreased their absenteeism and tardiness.
The School-Based Health Alliance named the month of February National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month. MHM joined the national celebration by hosting an Open House Event at our Schertz Elementary School Based Health Center (SBHC) location.
“SBHCs lead the way in providing preventive healthcare services for children and adolescents. In communities such as Schertz and Marion these centers are imperative to the health of our youth. The lack of healthcare centers in this rural area is troubling. Our hope, with our two SBHCs, is to fill that void,” explains Marilyn Stanton-White, Director of Clinics and Behavioral Health Services at MHM.
On February 20th, the SBHC at Schertz Elementary opened its doors for an Open House. The Open House provided a chance for SBHC team members to come together to celebrate National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month while meeting with community members to discuss the services provided through the two MHM owned and operated SBHCs.
‘Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes’ Series in Schertz
Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Danna Dyess, RN
Wesley Nurse, First United Methodist Church
Did you know, according to the American Diabetes Association®, every seventeen seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes? United States Hispanics are almost two times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic Whites. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently projected that one in three adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue.
I believe education is fundamental in the prevention and treatment of diabetes in our communities. Knowledge about preventive health measures and how to manage individual needs is an important component to a person’s overall wellbeing. This is why I’m excited to continue my partnership with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Guadalupe County through an upcoming educational series. Along with the Institute for Public Health and Education Research, we will offer Schertz area residents a free five-week class called 'Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes'.
The educational sessions are open to anyone living with Type 2 diabetes or caring for some who has diabetes. Attendees will learn how to better manage their Type 2 diabetes and how to reduce possible complications. Classes will cover many pertinent topics, including: nutrition; diabetes and exercise; managing glucose; and medications.
Classes will be held at the Schertz United Methodist Church on Mondays starting on March 3, 2014 and will continue until March 31, 2014.
My hope is that participants leave with a better understanding of the disease and, in turn, pass that knowledge on into the community.
Learn more at http://guadalupe.agrilife.org/guadalupe-county-do-well-be-well-with-diabetes/.
MHM Challengers raise nearly $3,000 for Step Out Walk to STOP Diabetes
Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.8 million people, or 8.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. More startling, San Antonio’s diabetic population stands at 14 percent!
Beyond MHM’s direct healthcare services, MHM has taken an active role in supporting the American Diabetes Association®’s goal of ending the devastating toll diabetes takes on the lives of the millions of individuals and families across our nation.
Step Out Walk to STOP Diabetes was launched by the American Diabetes Association® (ADA) in 1991 and is the Association’s largest signature fundraising event.
MHM has been a proud sponsor of the event since 2008, including participating in the walk alongside clients of MHM’s health education program. Last year, Juan Gonzalez, clinic manager, led the team—dubbed “MHM Challengers”—which is comprised of MHM staff, clients and community members. On Saturday, November 2, 2013, the MHM Challengers took to the track at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas in support of the stopping diabetes. Collectively, the 116-member team raised $1,498.50. This paired with MHM’s promise to match all funds raised by the team, brought the MHM Challengers fundraising total to $2,997.00.
“MHM’s sponsorship of the ADA Step Out Walk to STOP Diabetes signifies our commitment to improving the overall health of the communities we serve,” explains Jessica Muñoz-Sherfey, Director of Communications at MHM.
Bulldogs Prepping for the 2014 ALA Fight For Air, April 26th
Published on Monday, 03 February 2014
MHM is proud to be a bronze sponsor of the American Lung Association (ALA) Fight For Air 5K Run/Walk being held at SeaWorld in San Antonio on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
The ALA saves lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Asthma is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult for millions of people, children and adults alike. There is no cure for asthma, but it can be managed and treated. According to the ALA, in 2011 it was estimated that 25.9 million Americans had asthma, including 7.1 million children under the age of 18. What’s more, San Antonio has twice the national average for teens that start smoking!
MHM’s team, Bulldogs for Better Breathing, will be participating in the Fight For Air 5K Run/Walk for the fifth consecutive year. In 2013, the 56-member team won the award for top fundraising school with over $1,000 collected. The Bulldogs are eager to meet the challenge again with a fundraising goal of $1,200 for 2014. “The event provides an opportunity for the families of MHM’s School Based Health Centers, serving the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD, to gather for a time of fellowship while giving back to their community,” explains team captain Wanda Thiele.
Participants may run or walk 3.1 miles throughout the SeaWorld park grounds during the event. In addition, a health fair will be available to provide additional information about the ALA and asthma on the day of the event.
The ALA believes healthy lungs and healthy air are worth fighting for—so do we! Will you join us in the Fight For Air? To register for the team or to donate to the Bulldogs, click here.
For more information about the ALA, visit: www.lung.org.
Asset Mapping for Wesley Nurse Health Ministries™
Published on Friday, 31 January 2014
Dan Duncan, with the Asset Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University, has been working closely with MHM's Wesley Nurse Health Ministries™ team to develop a new strategy for Wesley Nurses to utilize as part of a community assessment for their respective church sites.
As MHM's largest outreach program, Wesley Nurse Health Ministries™ serves 80 church sites throughout South Texas by providing Wesley Nurses to communities in need. Wesley Nurses work in partnership with other individuals and organizations committed to a health care outreach mission. The partnership of church, nurse, and community is the core of our holistic program, and allows us to serve the least served through education, health promotion, and facilitation of resources.
The inclusion of a formal Asset Based Community Development process will enable these efforts to be better leveraged in the communities we serve.