Get Your Kids Vaccinated During Flu Season

Flu season is upon us, and it’s more important than ever to ensure our children are protected. Vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu, and it’s essential to get your kids vaccinated during flu season. Not only does vaccination protect your child from getting sick, but it also helps to reduce the spread of the flu to others.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause severe illness and even death, especially in young children and older adults. Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue. The flu can also lead to complications such as pneumonia, ear infections, and even hospitalization. Children under the age of five are at a higher risk of complications from the flu, making it even more important to get them vaccinated.

The flu vaccine is safe and effective. It’s been thoroughly tested and used for decades to protect against the flu. The vaccine is formulated each year based on the strains of the flu that are most likely to circulate during the upcoming flu season. It’s important to get vaccinated every year as the flu strains can change from year to year.

Vaccination is especially important for children who are at a higher risk of complications from the flu. This includes children with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease. It’s also important for children who are immunocompromised, such as those undergoing chemotherapy or those who have HIV.

Getting your child vaccinated is easy and convenient. Many pediatricians and family doctors offer the flu vaccine, and it’s also available at most pharmacies. It’s a quick and painless shot that can be given during a regular check-up. The flu vaccine is also available in a nasal spray form for children who are afraid of needles.

It’s also essential to teach your children the importance of getting vaccinated and good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of the flu. Encourage them to wash their hands frequently, cover their mouths and noses when they cough or sneeze, and stay home if they are sick. By taking these steps, you can help protect your children and others from the flu this season.

In conclusion, vaccination is the best way to protect your child from getting sick during flu season. It’s essential to get your child vaccinated as soon as possible to ensure maximum protection against the flu. At HHM Health, we understand the importance of protecting our community from the flu, and we make it easy for you to get your child vaccinated. Our clinic offers the flu vaccine for children and adults, and our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. If you have any questions or concerns about the flu vaccine, please don’t hesitate to contact us. At HHM Health, we are committed to helping you and your family stay healthy during flu season and throughout the year. Let’s work together to protect our community from the flu and ensure that everyone has access to quality healthcare.

How to Manage High Blood Pressure and Diabetes

High blood pressure is twice as likely to affect a person with diabetes than a person without diabetes. In fact, as many as 2 in 3 people who suffer from diabetes report having high blood pressure or are advised to take high blood pressure medications. Not only do these conditions work together, but they also cause a significant increase in one’s risk of heart disease, stroke, or cardiovascular disease. This is why it is so important to us at HHM Health to help our patients take preventative measures to treat or prevent high blood pressure. Here are HHM’s top tips for managing and preventing high blood pressure and diabetes: 

  1. Keep a Healthy Weight

People who have been diagnosed with or fall into the categories of being overweight or obese are at higher risk for health issues, including diabetes and high blood pressure. By trying to maintain a healthy weight, you can lower your risk for health problems and make it less likely that you will get heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, losing as little as 5 to 10 pounds can help lower high blood pressure, and patients also tend to be happier after losing that weight. 

  1. Reduce Salt Intake

Salt can cause your body to hold on to extra fluid, causing bloating and high blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends that adults consume less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day to help lower blood pressure and, thus, lower their risk of heart disease. By checking the sodium content on nutrition labels, you can easily track your salt intake when you cook at home and know what goes into your food. The tricky part of tracking sodium intake is that 70% of the sodium we eat comes from packaged and restaurant-prepared foods, so by eating fresh food and preparing meals at home, you can significantly lower your daily sodium intake. 

  1. Keep Active

Exercising regularly is an easy way to lower blood pressure, improve diabetes, and lose weight. Exercise also improves one’s overall well-being and health, both mentally and physically. The British Journal of Sports Medicine says that when people want to lower their blood pressure, exercise works just as well as medicine. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderately intense aerobic exercise weekly, which is only 20 to 30 minutes a day of walking, biking, or swimming. 

  1. Reduce Alcohol Intake

The consumption of alcohol can cause a spike in your blood pressure, especially if you drink a lot of it over time. Reducing alcohol intake significantly lowers blood pressure in those who drink regularly. The American Heart Association recommends men have no more than two drinks per day, and women have no more than one drink per day. A drink is defined as 12 oz of beer, 4 oz of wine, 1.5 oz of spirits over 80-proof, or 1 oz of 100-proof spirits. 

  1. Stop Smoking and Avoid Secondhand Smoke

Nicotine and tobacco products are two of the main causes of high blood pressure, and the continued use of these products can lead to several health problems. Therefore, cutting down on or quitting smoking and inhaling less secondhand smoke is one of the best ways to keep your blood pressure down and your heart healthy. There are plenty of resources to help you quit, and for more information on those resources, contact HHM Health or your primary healthcare provider today!

HHM Health is a non-profit community health center that provides caring, high-quality medical care that is easy to get to. We provide services to the Dallas, Texas, area, which also happens to be the country’s most uninsured county. We welcome you to contact our center if you live in the Dallas neighborhood and need our services.

Behavioral Health With The Holidays

According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, 38 percent of Americans experience heightened stress during the holiday season, leading to physical illness, depression, anxiety, and even substance abuse. Those already suffering from mental illness noted that their conditions worsened around the holidays. This heightened sense of stress is due to a variety of factors, including a lack of time, financial pressure, and family gatherings. However, there are ways in which we can prepare ourselves and deflect some of the stress we experience during the holiday season. Our experts at HHM Health have identified common issues that arise during this season and ways to address them. 

Lacking the “Holiday Spirit” 

During the holidays, it can be embarrassing to be around people who are happy but don’t share your happiness. If you feel like you have to match their happiness, you may feel left out. During this time, it is important to recognize that you are not required to feel happy or joyful. Hundreds of thousands of people suffer through these same feelings around the holidays. If you can, hang out with people who feel the same way, and try to deal with your feelings instead of numbing them out with alcohol or other drugs. 

There is Little to No Sunlight

Less exposure to natural light actually has a negative impact on people, causing them to feel more depressed and anxious during the winter. To reduce these feelings, try to get as much sunlight as possible throughout the day. You can feel happier and more energized by working near a window, eating lunch outside, or putting in warm, bright lights in your home. Light winter candles and plug in twinkling lights for a reason. The winter is also a perfect time to work on quieter projects and activities due to the slower pace of the season, which includes knitting, writing, baking, etc. These projects help clear one’s head, allowing you to become more relaxed. 

You’re Feeling Isolated 

While we tend to be surrounded by our loved ones during the holiday season, the feeling of isolation may set in if you are away from loved ones, and you may find it hard to reach out. During this time, it is important to remind yourself of the people, places, and things that make you feel happy. Scheduling a call or video chat with friends and family on a regular basis will not only help reduce this feeling but also reduce the difficulty of reaching out in a time of need. Living in the technological age, there are so many ways to reach out to your loved ones. Holiday cards, emails, and social media are also excellent ways to stay in touch regardless of distance. 

The holidays are known as a time of giving. However, please do not forget to care for yourself during this time as well. Keeping a balanced diet, following a moderate exercise routine, and getting plenty of sleep are great ways to take care of yourself. Do not get carried away with distractions and stressors, as you’ll lose track of yourself and your basic needs.
We value your whole health. HHM Health provides accessible, affordable, and compassionate care.  If you continue to struggle with your mental health, we strongly advise seeing one of HHM Health’s mental health professionals or one of our primary care physicians, as we can work with you to figure out what is wrong and what we can do to help you.

Things to Look for When Choosing Your Health Insurance

Choosing a health insurance plan may seem overwhelming, but HHM Health is here to help. Insurance companies use confusing terms regarding healthcare and selecting a plan forces you to think hard about your health and finances. Whether you are aging out of your parent’s plan, in a plan that no longer works for you or you’re uninsured and want to see available options, we have plenty of advice and tips to ensure you can find the right healthcare plan. 

  1. Know Where to Go

It’s not always obvious where to look for health insurance, as the United States has hundreds of programs available.

If you are 65 or older, you are eligible for Medicare. Medicare is a federally run program that involves the government paying for most of your health care. If you have a disability, you might also be eligible to receive Medicare. For those under 65, the vast majority will have health insurance options through their employer, who will typically cover between 50% and 90% of premium costs. 

Medicaid is another health insurance option. Medicaid is a health insurance program that mostly helps people with low incomes. It covers almost one in four Americans. This program is funded by federal and state governments but is run by each state, so where you live determines your eligibility. If you don’t know how to enroll in Medicaid and want to be seen at one of our clinics, HHM Health has an enrollment team that can help you. 

For anyone else, Healthcare.gov is your one-stop shop for health insurance, which the Affordable Care Act created. This is where you can shop for health insurance if any of the categories mentioned above do not apply to you. In this marketplace, you can apply for financial help depending on your income and choose a plan. 

  1. Think About Your Health

If you are overwhelmed by the options available to you, especially in the Affordable Care Act marketplace, it’s best to think about your health and what applies to you. Basic questions can help narrow this search down. For instance, do you have an ongoing health issue you will need care for?  

If you are healthy, a variety of plans might work for you. However, if your spouse or child has ongoing health needs, having more information can help narrow your choices to the health insurance that best suits your needs. You may even be able to enter medications and doctor’s names to filter out plans that do not cover them. 

There are two major types of plans to consider: HMOs and PPOs. Health Maintenance Organizations have a strict network of providers, so if you choose to see a provider outside of the network, all costs are on you. Preferred Organizations give you a more comprehensive range of providers. Even though it costs a bit more, it still pays for some of the costs. 

  1. Beware of Too-Good-To-Be-True Plans Online

The internet has proven to be a scary place as more and more scams have arisen online. It is important not to put your contact information in health insurance interest forms on random websites or click on online ads for insurance. 

Plans that appear on Google seem appealing due to their low cost, but tend to be short-term plans that do not cover basic prescriptions or annual check-ups. Experts advise going straight to Healthcare.gov because, no matter where you live or your financial status, you can go through the portal and find healthcare options that will work for you. Any plan found through Healthcare.gov will cover essential benefits, including preventative care and hospital coverage. 

HHM Health is a non-profit community health facility that offers compassionate, excellent healthcare that is easily accessible. We provide services to the Dallas, Texas area, which also happens to be the country’s most uninsured county. We welcome you to contact our center if you live in the Dallas neighborhood and need our services.

To find out more, go to www.hhmhealth.org now.

Why You Should Get Annual Dental Check Ups

You brush twice a day, use mouthwash, and floss regularly. So, is it really necessary to keep up with your dentist’s appointments and receive regular cleanings? 

The answer is yes, as it ultimately comes down to preventing issues from arising. According to the American Dental Association, the mouth is a window into the entire body’s health. Gum disease is often linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and more!

Here are some advantages to having regular dental check-ups: 

  1. Preventative Care

The best way to prevent health issues like gum disease, cavities, or oral cancer is to schedule regular dental check-ups every six months. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 2 adults over thirty years of age have periodontitis, a more advanced form of periodontal disease. Your gums provide clues that allow dentists to examine for abnormalities that may point to gum disease, which has the ability to spread to other body organs. This is one of the primary reasons dentists recommend annual comprehensive periodontal evaluations for optimum health. 

Your dentist can examine and identify cavities as another potential problem before they become more serious. Not all cavities have pain, allowing them to progress into a severe infection that can enter the bloodstream after attacking the enamel on your teeth and the soft tissue underneath. 

Did you know that once plaque forms tartar, it cannot be removed with brushing and flossing alone? Dentists are the only ones properly equipped with the tools to successfully remove the tartar on your teeth without permanently damaging the enamel on your teeth. If tartar continues to build up, it can lead to gum disease. Therefore, early prevention is vital. 

  1. Increased Self-Esteem

Nothing beats the great feeling of having clean teeth after leaving the dentist’s office. Clean teeth have been proven to increase the tendency of one to smile, which releases endorphins in the brain that make you happier. People also love those who smile. Smiling promotes friendliness and a pleasing attitude. So, dental appointments can improve you mentally, socially, and physically. 

  1. Financial Benefits

When you have proper oral hygiene, you end up saving money in the long run. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the average cost for a single tooth implant can be $3,000 to $4,500, with full-mouth implants costing around $20,000. By scheduling regular appointments with your dentist, you can learn good oral habits and promote oral hygiene that will be beneficial in the long run. Regular dentist visits can diagnose and prevent cavities, gum disease, oral cancer and oral surgery can be diagnosed and prevented with regular dentist visits, preventing expenses from piling up in the future. 

If you are in need of a dental check-up, let the staff at HHM Health help you. We have a team of dentists ready to serve you and provide dental check-ups for you. For more information, please contact HHM Health today to visit one of our clinics

Imaging Center and Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At HHM Health, we are spreading awareness and offering our services to those battling breast cancer and those who want to take preventative testing. HHM Imaging is proud of its fantastic imaging center that is opening this fall. HHM Imaging will diagnose patients faster and more accurately than ever before. This center features a brand-new, state of the art mammogram machine, an X-ray machine, a bone density scan, and a sonogram machine. 

While all the new equipment in our imaging center is fantastic and functional, the real highlight is the mammogram machine. With the mammogram machine, we can detect breast cancer early, which is when it is in the most treatable stage and treatments are less extensive. Since 1990, mammograms have helped reduce breast cancer in the United States by forty percent. Mammograms detect breast cancer lumps up to two or three years before you or your primary health care provider would be able to feel them. 

HHM Health wants to help those who have breast cancer or may have breast cancer, so we help all patients, regardless of if they have insurance or not. Our goal is to reduce the healthcare crisis, which is why we help provide affordable health care for everyone. During October, we invite patients to make an appointment at our imaging center as early detection is the best protection. If diagnosed, we’ll work with you to plan treatments and help you fight breast cancer. You’re not alone in this fight. HHM Health is here to help you through this process. 

At HHM Health, we strive to further the great communities around us through our work in the medical field. At our medical centers, HHM’s healthcare professionals provide quality healthcare to all their neighbors with love, compassion, and respect. We are fully equipped to handle any situation related to the health of an individual and provide affordable healthcare to all patients in need. 

Around Dallas, residents have suffered from a healthcare crisis for years, and our goal at HHM Health is not simply to help it but instead to solve it. With 39% of the Dallas population uninsured, it is important for people to receive the health care they need without drowning in medical bills served by hospitals. HHM Health guarantees safe, affordable healthcare regardless of background, race, ethnicity, or gender. 

We offer services that include family practice, women’s health, pediatrics, dental, vision, and behavioral health. If you need it, we provide it! HHM Health values compassion, advocacy, respect, excellence, and servant’s hearts, demonstrating how much we truly care. HHM Health is constantly training our healthcare professionals to ensure they use the newest medical practices.

If you or a loved one need any of our services, send them to HHM Health. We will be more than happy to provide them with the care they deserve and be your medical home.

North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day is on Thursday, September 22, 2022, and HHM Health is proud to announce that we will be participating in this wonderful event! North Texas Giving Day is a one-day, online event that encourages the citizens of North Texas to give back to their community and support their favorite charitable organization. Early giving opens September 1, allowing additional time to give for those who cannot on September 22, and for those who would like to give a little extra this season. 

For every dollar donated to HHM Health, 74 cents will go directly toward patient care as we raise money to fight health disparities in Dallas. Dallas County is one of the most uninsured counties in the United States of America. Because of this, many refuse to see a doctor as they fear health care expenses and costly examinations. At HHM Health, we believe everyone deserves equal access to health care, which is why our doctors and staff provide affordable health care to the residents of Dallas regardless of race, gender, culture, ethnicity, language, mental or physical disability, or manner of payment. If a patient does not have health insurance, they are seen on a sliding-scale fee. 

Over the last year, HHM Health locations across Dallas have treated 40,000 patients, proving that the need for affordable healthcare is greater now more than ever before! HHM Health has eight locations across Dallas County, which include two family practices, women’s health, two pediatrics, dental, behavioral health, and the Rosewood Vision Center. Currently, HHM Health relies heavily on donations and federal grants. With your donation, HHM Health will be able to help more patients than ever before. We urge you to donate this North Texas Giving Day and to check out fellow charities. At the end of the day, we are all working to make North Texas a better place for its residents. 

At HHM Health, we love doing what we do and giving back to the Dallas County community. We look forward to continuing our operations for years to come. For more information regarding North Texas Giving Day and how you can help provide barrier-free, quality healthcare to those in need, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org/hhmhealth.

Mental Health Services and Interventions Beginning at Age 4

At HHM Health, our pediatric clinic in the Victory Meadow neighborhood is offering mental health services and interventions beginning at age 4. At HHM Health, we believe it is important to address mental health from the first sign of illness or other issues. 

The mental health services offered to children at HHM Health begin with an assessment. Then, our doctors develop a plan to address the goals desired by the child and family. While we offer a variety of services, the plan put together by doctors may include crisis intervention, skill training, development skills, play therapy, counseling, case management and peer services. 

When a child is treated for issues regarding their mental health, there are many benefits. Children diagnosed and treated for mental health issues are more likely to succeed at home and in their community. The benefits of having a child diagnosed and treated for mental health issues include the development of new communication skills, new ways to manage emotions, new ways to relax and create, improved social functions, and more!

Any child with a mental illness must be diagnosed and treated promptly with a team of doctors committed to providing the care they need. At HHM Health, we can offer that care and begin to treat mental health at a child’s fourth birthday. If you believe your child needs to be diagnosed or treated for a mental illness, please contact our office to make an appointment with our pediatric facility

At HHM Health, we strive to further the great communities around us through our work in the medical field. At our medical centers, HHM’s healthcare professionals provide quality healthcare to all their neighbors with love, compassion, and respect. We are fully equipped to handle any situation related to the health of an individual and provide affordable healthcare to all patients in need.

How We Help the Whole Person at HHM Health

At HHM Health, we pride ourselves on our abilities to serve the whole person, no matter the age. Our center is capable of caring for an individual from birth to their elder years. We believe that cohesive healthcare incorporates all parts of the human body, including physical, mental and spiritual care. Our comprehensive services include vision and dental care, mental health, nutrition, pediatrics and more.

Let’s explore how our team helps the whole person, no matter the age, at HHM Health!

Dental Care

Our dental health center is difficult to beat! Our highly-qualified dental clinicians have experience in treating patients of all age groups, including children, teens and adults. We are able to offer annual check-ups, x-rays, root canals and crowns.

Vision Care

Is your prescription out-of-date? Do your eyes struggle to focus? We can help! Our vision care includes annual eye exams, prescriptions and treatment for chronic diseases. We also accept many different types of insurances, so that your vision care can remain accessible.

General Practice

To serve the whole person, we must serve you throughout the year, no matter the season. For example, we provide vaccinations and flu shots. We want to be your go-to for your annual check-ups. Whenever you are feeling unwell, we want to be there for you. 

Mental Health Services

Mental health can often be overlooked in the healthcare world or is strictly separated from physical health. At HHM, that is not the case. Our qualified behavioral health counselors work with our medical staff to assist patients with mental health struggles. Our practice extends a helping hand to individuals with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or other chronic mental health disorders. 

Education

How well do you know your own health? At HHM, we believe that serving the whole person goes beyond the physical. We want to serve you mentally and help you take control of your own health. That is why we offer education and treatment for chronic diseases.

Nutrition

Your physical and mental health begins on the inside. What are you eating and drinking to power your body? Our licensed dietician at HHM aims to promote well-being by using nutrition to empower a healthy lifestyle, control weight gain and manage chronic diseases, such as diabetes. Our team also hosts a monthly Community Fit Club!

Pediatrics

Unlike some other healthcare centers, HHM Health does not specialize in one age group. We aspire to provide healthcare for all individuals, including children. Our pediatric services include annual check-ups, sick visits and immunizations. We are also able to provide treatment of chronic childhood diseases.

As a non-profit community health center, HHM Health provides accessible and high-quality healthcare with compassion and empathy. We serve the Dallas, Texas community, which is also the most uninsured county in the United States of America. If you are a member of the Dallas community and require our services, we encourage you to reach out to our center.

Visit www.hhmhealth.org today to learn more.

What are Important Things to Look for When It Comes to Pediatric Care?

Choosing the right pediatrician is one of the most important decisions you will have to make for your child. A pediatrician will play an important role in your family; as your child grows, they will advise you on medical decisions that are essential for your child’s growth and protecting their health. The right pediatric caregiver will help you and your family ensure that the health of your child is never compromised. You will see this pediatrician frequently, especially through the early years of your child’s life. At HHM Health, we believe the following are the most important qualities to consider when it comes to pediatric care:

Referrals and Research

When preparing to choose a caregiver, be sure to ask your friends, colleagues, family and other trusted individuals for recommendations. It is important to make sure that you can easily and conveniently access the pediatrician you choose. Make sure to look into the office location, available hours and who accepts your health insurance. Some doctors also stop taking new patients after reaching a certain limit, so it is important to research as you look for a pediatric caregiver.

Credentials and Experience

When choosing a caregiver, you want to ensure they are comfortable with evaluating and treating everyone from infants to adolescents. You can typically find the credentials and educational background of each pediatric specialist through reference websites online. Through learning about a pediatric caregiver’s credentials and experience, you gain insight into their practices and learn about the type of caregiver they are.

Up-To-Date Practices

Healthcare practices and treatments are rapidly advancing. That is why it is important to have a healthcare provider who participates in continuing education, as well as is constantly up-to-date with the latest medical practices. It is important to consider this when choosing a pediatric caregiver for your child.

You are on The Same Page

At HHM Health, we advise clients to meet with healthcare providers and ask them questions about their practices before making a final decision. Your pediatrician will be your advisor regarding the health of your child, so being honest regarding your preferences for treatment is important. Just as there are various styles of parenting, there are several approaches to child healthcare. Due to those many different styles, you and your child’s caregiver must be on the same page.

There are many things to consider when choosing a pediatric caregiver for your child, which is why it is key to keep these factors in mind during the process. At HHM Health, we are proud to offer pediatric services! Our pediatricians are professional, up-to-date, and have the credentials to prove it. We hope you consider us when searching for a pediatrician in the Dallas area. We are more than happy to help answer any questions you may have about this important stage in your child’s life!