Thirty-five percent of women in Minnesota have not had a mammogram in the last three years. Rates of breast cancer per 100,000 for women of color are: African American women 104.5 and Asian women 67.1. OCHC receives funding from the American Cancer Society and MDH's Eliminating Health Disparities to address these needs.
Health insurance marketplaces open on fi rst day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Monday, 07 October 2013 13:50
October 1, 2013 marks both the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the opening of health insurance marketplaces in every state that enable people with breast cancer and other forms of cancer to enroll in health plans without fear that they will be denied coverage because of their health status or medical history.
Breast cancer prevention and how you help others in your community
Monday, 07 October 2013 13:46
You can help lower your risk of breast cancer in the following ways— • Get screened for breast cancer regularly. By getting regular exams, you're more likely to find breast cancer early. • Control your weight and exercise. Make healthy choices in the foods you eat and the kinds of drinks you have each day. Stay active. Learn more about keeping a healthy weight and ways to increase your physical activity.
State incentives to improve nursing home quality work
Monday, 30 September 2013 14:30
Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota Department of Human Services
When staff and administrators at a company that runs more than a dozen nursing homes across Minnesota wanted to do a better job helping residents move back into their homes and communities, they reached out to the Department of Human Services to find the best path forward. Together, the public and private sectors developed an education program to better prepare residents to manage their conditions at home. The result was a reduction in hospital re-admissions and healthier Minnesotans.
Psychological abuse is the first warning: Run, get out
Monday, 30 September 2013 14:27
Dee Louis-Scott, Special to the NNPA from the Pasadena/St. Gabriel Valley Journal News
Psychological abuse can be as damaging to the psyche as physical abuse can be to the body, yet little is written about this common problem, which is typically the precursor to physical abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 95 percent of men who physically abuse their intimate partners also psychologically abuse them.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health prevalence of obesity is 50% higher among African Americans than Whites. Diabetes among the African American population in St. Paul has always been much higher than other populations groups, with the exception of American Indians. As a result Open Cities Health Center has an internist, ophthalmologist, and podiatrist on staff. OCHC has participated in the national Diabetes Collaborative for over 12 years and has been offering diabetes classes and support groups for that long as well. Healthy eating and exercise have always been part of the regimen for diabetes programs offered at OCHC. Monthly Diabetic Support Groups are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 409 North Dunlap St, St. Paul, MN 55104 from 12pm-1pm. The support group features diabetic education, guest speakers, resources and more.