97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Community Health Centers Help Reduce Costs of Prescription Medications

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Community Health Centers Help Reduce Costs of Prescription Medications

Over the years, the cost of healthcare has increased significantly. One aspect of this increase that has received a lot of media attention lately is the high cost of prescription medications. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses how Community Health Centers are helping uninsured and underinsured families access reduced pricing for their prescription medications.  

Community Health Centers & 340 B

Federally Qualified Health Centers, such as Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, have the ability to participate in the 340B Drug Discount Program, allowing the Health Center to reduce the cost of prescription medications for its patients who qualify. To qualify for reduced pricing, uninsured or underinsured patients must apply for the Sliding Fee Discount Program.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Pharmacy

The Cassopolis Family Clinic Pharmacy is a full-service pharmacy offering 340b pricing for uninsured and underinsured patients and accepts most Medicaid Managed Care plans and commercial insurances. The pharmacy is located inside Cassopolis Family Clinic.

Become a CFCN Patient Today!

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network has locations in Cassopolis and Niles. For more information on services offered at CFCN or to schedule an appointment, call (269) 445-3874 – Cassopolis Family Clinic or (269) 262-4749 – Niles Community Health Center.

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97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – National Kidney Month

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – National Kidney Month

Aired: 3.11.2019

March is National Kidney Month.   Most people know they have kidneys but don’t know anything about them or how important they are to their overall health.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses what your kidneys do and ways you can protect them from kidney disease.  

The importance of healthy kidneys

Your kidneys are important because they filter wastes from your blood, regulate fluid levels in your body, help keep your blood pressure under control, activate Vitamin D for healthy bones, and even help make red blood cells.  

What is Kidney Disease?

Kidney disease is a condition that damages your kidneys and decreases their ability to keep you healthy by doing their job.  If caught early, kidney disease can be slowed or even stopped.   Kidney disease can cause kidney failure, high blood pressure, weak bones, and much more.  

Who is at risk?

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 3 Americans are at risk.   High Blood Pressure and Diabetes are the two leading causes of kidney disease and kidney failure.   If you are over the age of 60 or have a family history of kidney failure, you are also at higher risk of developing the condition.  

Two Simple Ways to Test for Kidney Disease

There are two simple, inexpensive tests people can get right at their doctors office to check for kidney disease:  Blood and Urine.

Tips for Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy

  • Keep blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control
  • Lose weight, if needed
  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit Alcohol
  • Refrain from smoking
  • Drink lots of water

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97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Aired: 3.04.2019

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses what colorectal cancer is and the importance of regular screenings.  

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer occurs in the colon or rectum.  The colon is part of the large intestine or large bowel.  The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus. 

Screening

Screening is the number one way you can reduce your risk of colon cancer and rectal cancer.    Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable and if found early, is the most treatable forms of cancer.  

Screening is easy!   From colonoscopy to at-home stool tests, there’s an option for everyone.  

Who should be screened?

  • All men and women should be screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50, if not earlier. 
  • Individuals with personal or family history of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease are considered a higher risk.  
  • If you are exhibiting signs and symptoms, regardless of age or family history, you should be screened.  

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CFCN Donates Oral Health Packs to Local Schools

Pictured is Rose Willson and Brandywine High School Counselor, Angie Roeder.
(Leader photo/Sarah Culton)

CFCN Donates Oral Health Packs to Local Schools

By Sarah Culton of Leader Publications

Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019

NILES — Monday morning, students and teachers at Brandywine High School made a mad dash before the first bell to distribute free toothbrushes and toothpaste to each student in the school.

As part of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, a Federally Qualified Health Center with service centers in Niles and Cassopolis, celebrated the month by increasing awareness of the importance of good oral health in the communities of Cass southeast Berrien Counties.

This week, CFCN donated oral health packs to every student in Niles, Brandywine and Cassopolis schools. Each oral health kit includes an age-appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste, floss and information on CFCN dental services.

CFCN started the National Children’s Dental Health Month Dental Pack Project nine years ago by distributing oral health kits to students of Cassopolis Public Schools.

Expanding the project five years ago to include Brandywine and Niles Community Schools, CFCN is providing free oral health kits to nearly 6,400 students each year.

“This is our way of giving back to the community,” said Rose Willson, marketing and development coordinator with CFCN. “This is our way of spreading the importance of dental health.”

By raising awareness about dental health this month in area schools, Willson said CFCN is aiming to make dental health a priority for children and make the idea of dentistry less intimidating to children. She said this would encourage students to take care of their oral health as they get older.

“Good oral health is the gateway to overall health,” Willson said.

Brandywine school counselor Angie Roeder said that the school district was grateful for the donation of the dental packs for its students.

“Some of our students never see the dentist, so this might be their one new toothbrush for the entire year, sadly,” she said. “It’s nice for them to have their own supplies and that they can see how important it is to brush your teeth. … I think this is great, and we are happy to participate.”

Willson said that CFCN was happy to host the National Children’s Dental Health Month Dental Pack Project again this year, adding that giving back to the community is part of the mission of CFCN.

“It’s the right thing to do,” she said. “We are a community health center, and we are reaching out to show people that you can access affordable health care, no matter what walk of life you are, no matter how old or young you are.”

Niles Native Joins CFCN

Niles Native Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

LuAnn Tracey, FNP-C
Photo: Ann Reiff of Studio 513 East

Cassopolis, MI, February 13, 2019– LuAnn Tracey, a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, has joined the staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN).

Tracey received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Southwestern Michigan College, Bachelor of Science from Ferris State University and Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner from Indiana University South Bend.  “I have a passion for working with underserved families and have spent the last few years working in South Bend for a community clinic dedicated to this.   Spending time getting to know more about my patients in general is my favorite part of being a Nurse Practitioner.  Being a healthcare provider is much more than just the formal medicinal portion.  Building a mutual trusting relationship and understanding psychosocial aspects can be as healing as any other treatment,” stated Tracey.  

Tracey will see patients of all ages at the Cassopolis Family Clinic (CFC) location until the opening of the new Niles Community Health Center in the fall of 2019.  CFC is located at 261 M-62, Cassopolis, MI and offers primary care, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and Medicaid/healthcare enrollment assistance services.  CFC is open Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  For more information or to schedule an appointment please call (269) 445-3874.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated a Federally Qualified Health Center. With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides primary care, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, dental, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties. CFCN provides care for people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Michigan Medicaid and Medicare, and most commercial insurances. For more information, go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 445-3874.

97.5 Y- Country Medical Minute – First Visit to the Dentist

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – First Visit to the Dentist

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.   All month long, the Y-Country Medical Minute will feature a different topic on healthy smiles for your children.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses a child’s first visit.

When?

Dentists recommend parents schedule their child’s first dental visit by the age 1.   This allows the dentist to check your child’s mouth and answer any questions the parent might have.  

Why is it important?

It’s never too early to start developing good oral health habits.   Baby teeth are at risk for tooth decay as soon as they first appear.   According to Delta Dental of Michigan, health baby teeth help the child speak clearly, make room for adult teeth and chew healthy foods. 

Good dental care at home

  • After each feeding, use a clean damp washcloth or finger toothbrush and gently massage baby’s gums. 
  • When the first tooth appears, use a child sized toothbrush and small drop of toothpaste to gently brush baby’s tooth.  
  • Refrain from putting baby to bed with a bottle of juice, milk, or formula as the sugars in the liquids can cause tooth decay.

Y-Country Medical Minute

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