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November is COPD Awareness Month

November is the time of year that the American Lung Association asks us to bring our attention to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD ). This disease, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a progressive, chronic lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death in the Unit...

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Health Apps- A Complementary Tool in Health Promotion

We live in a technology driven society. Our youth do not know what life was like before cell phones, computers and the internet. While technology can contribute to an increasing array of health problems like sedentary life styles, many health educators are leveraging the power of technology and social media to advance health promotion activities and to encourage healthier lifestyles. He...

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Community Health Advocacy

Whether it's participating in a rally, writing your legislator, signing a petition, or just educating your neighbor on an issue, advocacy plays a critical role in improving community health. Advocacy is crucial to raise awareness of community health issues and influence private and public policy choices. Recent community health issues that have been at the center of community health advocacy na...

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Making Health for All a Reality

Striving for health equity in health education programming in a county as large and diverse as Cook County, Illinois is no small task. Cook County is the second-most populous county in the United States after Los Angeles County, California. As of 2015, the population was 5.2 million. Health disparities across the county, which includes the city of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, ar...

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Summer Sun Safety!!

It's here, It's here, It's here….. Yes… Summer is finally here (after a long winter) but we have to make sure we are prepared for the Sun!! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015) skin cancer is the number one cancer in the United States which and most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light (Sun)...

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National Public Health Week – April 6-12, 2015

2015 is the 20 th anniversary of National Public Health Week! What exactly is public health you might ask? The World Health Organization (2015) defines public health as "all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole". The activities of public health aim to provide conditions in which people can b...

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February is Heart Health Month

As American Heart Month wraps up, and after a recent news statement about women and heart attacks, providing data and facts about heart health and heart attack warning signs in women seems appropriate. What is Heart Disease you ask? Heart Disease is the buildup of plaque in the heart arteries which causes heart attacks. A heart attack strikes someone about every...

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Teen dating violence (TDV) has surfaced as a significant public health issue as incidence of TDV has escalated substantially in recent years. Research by the U.S. Department of Justice (2003) found that one in three high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship . Furthermore, in recent national surveys, nearly ten percent of high...

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Happy Healthy New Year!

Exercise more, lose those extra pounds, handle stress better, these resolutions seem to top the list every year for many of us. While almost everyone can relate to striving to be a healthier, stronger, stress free individual, I would like to send a friendly reminder that slow, progressive lifestyle changes are those that are not only easier to stick to, but most often bring lasting results....

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Bladder Health, What’s it all About?

In the days of most everyone carrying a water bottle in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other, frequent urination may not be a seen as a red flag of a serious health issue. Truth be told, passing urine more than eight times a day may be a signal of a bladder health problem. One of the many health observances in the month of November is National Bladder Awareness Month; what a better time to...

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Cold vs Flu 2014

Have the sniffles?

Are you feeling under the weather? Are you wondering if the symptoms you have are due to a cold or the flu? It's not always easy to tell the difference between the two since both can have similar symptoms - stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough - which makes it hard to decide what medication to take. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has a handy chart that ca...

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Protect Yourself
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Germs are Everywhere!

Sharing is caring!  That is what we have always been taught, right?  Well, one thing we don’t want to share is germs.  Germs make people sick! To help reduce the risk of illness and stop the spread of germs, it’s a good idea to take precautionary measures.  Here are some easy ones to practice: Wash your hands regularly...

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It's time for change...

Change is good from time to time.  It is a way to grow and a way to learn. As the Community Health team moves forward with current and new programming, we will have much more to share through our blog. Therefore, we have changed the name of our blog to encompass various topics and to highlight our areas of expertise which go beyond sexual and reproductive health.  We hope you continue to follow...

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The Purple Ribbon

With the month of October well underway, most of us have already seen a pink ribbon or two celebrating breast cancer awareness month. Keep your eye out for purple ribbons, and sport your own, as October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is not just physical violence….. Domestic violence includes physical violence, sexual violenc...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It's that time of the year again were anywhere you look you see pink: pink ribbons, pink balloons, pink clothing, buildings with pink lights, professional athletes wearing pink gear, and even pink animals! Ok, maybe it was not a live animal, but I did come across a freshly-painted pink horse outside a chain restaurant over the weekend. It is all done to bring attention to the fact that Oc...

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September 16 is Global Female Condom Day!

Global Female Condom day was founded in 2012 when advocates took action to expand awareness around and access to female condoms. September 16 is now known nationally as the day many individuals and organizations come together to increase knowledge, availability, and use of female condoms. Female condoms serve as a powerful tool for protection against pregnancy, STIs & HIV. Female condoms ar...

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What's the deal with BSEs?

One form of early breast cancer detection is the breast self-exam (BSE). The breast self-exam is not a means for diagnosis but detecting a lump can be the first step in getting further medical evaluation. Although 80% of lumps are non-cancerous, it is important to perform monthly breast self-exams starting at the age of 20. So what should you be feeling for? Women have breast tiss...

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Back to School…Smartphone Apps Help to Battle Campus Sexual Assaults

Studies show that about one in five women is a survivor of attempted or completed sexual violence while in college. Among college women, 9 in 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew their offender. Additionally, a substantial number of men experience sexual violence during college. In response to the 2011 "Apps Against Abuse" challenge, several new apps are available...

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Using Period Tracking Apps

While visiting their healthcare provider, women of various ages will often encounter two seemingly simple questions: "when was your last period?" and "are your periods fairly regular?" While these are routine questions, women may not have a readily available answer. Being able to answer these questions is important because they give healthcare providers a lot of information and may alert them t...

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FDA Discourages the Use of Laparoscopic Power Morcellation During Hysterectomy or Myomectomy for Uterine Fibroids

Many women choose to undergo laparoscopic hysterectomy (removing the uterus) or myomectomy (removing uterine fibroids) in the treatment of uterine fibroids. Laparoscopic surgeries tend to be less invasive, are associated with shorter post-operative recovery time, and reduced risk of infection compared to abdominal hysterectomy and myomectomy. Morcellation is the process of dividing tiss...

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Endometriosis........

Talking to a friend today about her infertility problems and procedures and listening to her laugh, cry and even feel a sense of disappointment at times throughout this entire process, I've decided to bring more awareness and education to the issue that causes most women the inability to have children. Endometriosis…… Endometriosis is the development of...

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Tips for Improving Parent/Child Communication

Being open and available to talk about subjects such as sex and sexuality can be challenging. Some common fears that many parents have include not having all the answers, feeling embarrassed, encouraging sexual experimentation, or feeling as though talking doesn't matter. Here are some suggestions about how to address these fears: -If children ask about something unfamiliar, it's okay t...

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Summer is Here!

The solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the solstice falls on June 21, at 6:51am EDT. The summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. While for many of us summer means fun in the sun with swimming, going to the beach, and barbequing; it's important to make sure you're not getting too much of a good thing....

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The Affordable Healthcare Act: What does it mean for Women's Health…..?

The Affordable Healthcare Act: What does it mean for Women's Health…..? You had to be living under a rock to not have heard all the buzz about the Affordable Care Act and the push for people to sign up before the deadline. While there are many people who are for and against this new healthcare initiative… one thing we can possibly all agree on is that it will help more people...

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Erin's Law

Child sexual abuse is an ugly topic many would rather avoid. The sad truth is that children of every demographic (gender, age, race, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, and family structure) are at risk. 1 There are an estimated thirty-nine million survivors of sexual abuse in the United States; three million of those are children. Those who abuse children are usually...

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