By: Sarah Scher
As we transition into a new year, we look forward to expanded healthcare opportunities through continued federal and state implementation of Health Care Reform. Among the many changes created through the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 is the formalizing and incentivizing of a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative defines a PCMH – also referred to as Patient Centered Health Home – as an approach to providing comprehensive primary care for children, youth and adults. The PCMH is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians and, when appropriate, the patient’s family.
Starting With Five New Year’s Resolutions That Can Change Your Life
Submitted on behalf of the American Cancer Society by Elizabeth Monteadora
Keeping your New Year’s resolutions throughout the year is easier when you get support. The American Cancer Society – which provides free services and is creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays – offers many free resources to help Californians attain their New Year’s goals and change their life.
By James Cotter, MD, Physician in Charge, Napa Medical Offices
Santa is not the only one who puts on weight eating all those cookies during the holidays. It’s no myth that people pack on the pounds. Most of us have a tendency to overeat–going to holiday parties and enjoying eggnog and festive fare. We load our plates to the brim with all the holiday trimmings—appetizers, baked goods, mashed potatoes, candied yams, ham, stuffing, turkey smothered in gravy, and then loosen our belts to make room for the fruit cake, pumpkin pie, cookies, and other treats.
By: Corinne L. Quinn
On December 1, 2011, people around the world gathered in commemoration of World AIDS Day. This event was designed to increase awareness of the AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) pandemic caused by the spread of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection.
By: Sarah Scher
Over the past few months, Northern California has experienced several earthquakes strong enough to shake residents into scrambling to dust-off their old emergency kits. When one thinks of healthcare, they generally do not conjure up images of natural disasters. Yet there is a steady barrage of media headlines reminding us of the types of disasters or other emergencies that could strike our communities at any time. In fact, a report produced by the Federal Signal 2011 Public Safety Survey, revealed that half of Americans feel they are less safe today than they were prior to the disaster of September 11th, 2001. This data highlights the importance of recognizing emergency preparedness as a key aspect of general health and public safety.
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