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Fighting Food Insecurity during National Nutrition Month

Posted Date: March 15, 2018
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As a health coach in a program for low-income residents of Fort Worth, I had the privilege of working with one client, Jim* who was motivated, smart, friendly, well-read, and a great conversationalist. His goal was to go back to school and study psychology to be able to work with adults and teenagers with mental Read More »

Pets and Love Go Hand in Hand

Posted Date: February 14, 2018
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Katherine Fogelberg, DVM, PhD In celebration of “Love Your Pet Day” this February 20th, I’d like to talk about the pets of homeless people.  This population likely doesn’t cross your mind unless you happen to see them and even then, your thoughts are probably fleeting. There are approximately 580,000 homeless people in the U.S., 5.5% Read More »

Her Mind Went Traveling

Posted Date: January 11, 2018
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The North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association supports caregivers, families and individuals whose lives have changed due to dementia or Alzheimer’s. One caregiver, Laura, used to write poetry with her mother, and has shared her family’s journey with the Alzheimer’s Association. Laura’s Story My mother, Avis, is 85 years old this year. She Read More »

Home for the Holidays: Reflections on Social Connectedness

Posted Date: December 16, 2017
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I was in my early 20’s when I held my first “real” job as a social worker, serving as a counselor for a domestic violence shelter.  In my first year there, I was scheduled to work on Christmas day and I recall how I dreaded the arrival of Christmas morning. I had driven across the Read More »

October is Health Literacy Month: Do You Hear What I Hear?

Posted Date: October 24, 2017
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Introduction My daughter, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), recently relayed a story about a call to which she responded. It involved an elderly couple in which the husband nearly killed his wife. How? Miscommunication, or a lack of health literacy. Healthcare miscommunication is the number one cause of medical error (AMA, 2007). The Institute of Read More »

Community Blog:- How communities can help nursing moms sustain breastfeeding

Posted Date: May 26, 2017
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Engaging the Community Guest Blogger: Dani Cagle, MPH, CPH, IBCLC Few mommy-moments are as intimate as breastfeeding. From the perspective of a health professional, there is no question that breast milk is the best nutrition for a newborn. As a new mom, I had many concerns. Like so many new mothers, I wanted the health advantages Read More »