June 2024

 Did you know?

June is National Men’s Health Month, a time to remind men of the health issues they face and what they can do to take charge of their health.

Men are significantly less likely than women to see a doctor or report symptoms to a health care provider. Only 60 percent of men go to the doctor for a yearly, routine check up, and 40 percent won’t go until something is seriously wrong. “Despite these statistics, 20 percent of men report seeing a doctor so their significant other or a loved one will stop nagging them,” said Helen Bernie, DO, MPH, Director of Male Sexual and Reproductive Medicine and assistant professor of urology. Bernie also leads the state of Indiana’s only male sexual and reproductive medicine fellowship. “It’s important to encourage the men in your life to see a doctor. You can make an impact!”

Here are some other important facts about men’s health to know:

  • The overall mortality rate is 41 percent higher for men than women, and it’s higher for men for 8 out of 10 leading causes of death—including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.
  • 31 percent of men suffer depression in their lifetime and 9 percent of men have daily feelings of depression or anxiety. But only 1/4 talk to a mental health professional, and only 1/3 take medication. Pay attention to signs of depression and don’t be afraid to seek help.
  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for men in the United States. A man is 2 to 3 times more likely to get prostate cancer if his father, brother or son had it. Talk to your doctor about having PSA and DRE levels checked.
  • Erectile dysfunction affects nearly 30 million men of all ages across the United States. If you’re having problems, see a urologist and make sure it’s not an early warning sign for something more serious, like heart disease, high blood pressure or high blood sugar.

Do you want to take charge of your health? Learn more…

 

May 2024

Did you know?

Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. For more than 20 years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) every May to increase awareness about the vital role mental health plays in our overall health and well-being and provide resources and information to support individuals and communities who may need mental health support.

At HealthFirst, Behavioral Health Services are offered to health center patients.  Learn more…

April 2024

Did you know?

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is a yearly observance held in April, highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and young from vaccine-preventable diseases.  Read more… 

  • Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. Vaccines help protect both individuals and communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Vaccination is a shared responsibility. Families, healthcare professionals, and public health officials must work together to help protect the entire community.
  • Vaccines are safe. The U.S. has a long-standing vaccine safety system that ensures vaccines are as safe as possible. As new information and science become available, vaccine recommendations are monitored, updated, and improved.
  • Trust in vaccines is built through millions of conversations between parents, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and community members. NIIW provides an opportunity to encourage vaccine conversations at all community levels.

 

 

March 2024

Did you know?

If you’re 45 or older, it’s time to talk to your doctor about #ColorectalCancer screening. Your options might surprise you. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/tests.htm

#ColorectalCancer is one of the most common cancers among men and women, but it can be prevented with routine screening. Schedule your screening today. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/

Routine screening is #cancer prevention because #ColorectalCancer doesn’t always have symptoms. If you’re 45 or older, talk to your doctor about screening options. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/tests.htm

Getting screened for colorectal cancer may not sound pleasant, but it can actually prevent cancer. There are several screening test options; some you can even do from home. Talk to your doctor to decide which is best for you. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/tests.htm

You have enough to worry about these days. You don’t need to add colorectal cancer to the list. On-time screening tests can find polyps before they turn into cancer. Talk to your doctor and schedule a colorectal cancer screening test. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/

February 2024

Did you know?

February is American Heart Month, a time when all people—especially women—are encouraged to focus on their cardiovascular health. This Heart Month, the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is encouraging women to listen to their hearts and speak up for their health. Learn more…

January 2024

 

 

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December

 

World AIDS Day 2023 celebrates the strength, resilience, and diversity of the HIV community while honoring the activists and campaigners who’ve driven change since the 1980s.  Read More…

 

 

November

Each November is designated National Diabetes Awareness Month.  It’s a time to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. Read more…

 

 

October

Each October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Read more…

 

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

 

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