97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Celebrate the Holidays Responsibly

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Celebrate the Holidays Responsibly

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Celebrate the Holidays Responsibly

Aired: 12.9.2019

The holiday season is the #1 most dangerous time of the year for alcohol-related accidents and deaths.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses tips on how to celebrate the holidays with friends and family responsibly.  

Think Ahead

Designate a sober driver – Before heading out to enjoy an evening of dinner and adult beverages, decide who will be the designated driver.  Be sure to ‘Thank’ your driver by paying for their meal and/or non-alcoholic beverage.   

Schedule a ride – Party buses or limos are a great way to safely enjoy an evening with your closest friends without the worry of drinking and driving.   

Be the Hostess with the Mostest

Hosting a holiday party?  Offer fun and festive non-alcoholic drinks for the designated sober drivers.   A few suggestions:  Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Cider, Shirley Temples, Sherbet Punch. 

Last Minute Decision

When faced with a situation where you have had too much to drink and do not have a designated driver, stop and consider your options.  

  • Call a friend or family member
  • Ask the bartender to call a taxi or shuttle service
  • Call an Uber

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

 

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Navigating Healthcare Coverage

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Navigating Healthcare Coverage

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Navigating Healthcare Coverage

Aired: 12/2/2019

Navigating the complicated landscape of healthcare can be extremely intimidating.   Some of the most frequent asked questions include: What type of healthcare coverage does my family need?, What type of coverage do I qualify for?, What healthcare providers accept my healthcare coverage plan?, I don’t have insurance, where do I go for assistance?.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses tips on how to ensure you and your family are covered in 2020.

Healthcare Enrollment Assistance

Figuring out what type of healthcare coverage you qualify for can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.   Cassopolis Family Clinic Network has Community Health Workers (CHW) on staff to help patients who are uninsured or underinsured enroll in Michigan Medicaid Healthcare Plans, Sliding Fee Discount Program, or health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.   Healthcare enrollment assistance is free, however, patients needing assistance must meet with a CHW prior to their appointment.  

2020 Open Enrollment

The 2020 Open Enrollment Period for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace plans runs from Friday, November 1, 2019 to Sunday, December 15, 2019.   For assistance enrolling in a Marketplace plan, be sure to schedule an appointment with a CHW as soon as possible.   If you do not act by December 15th, you can’t get 2020 coverage through the Marketplace unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.  

Does My Provider Accept My Insurance

When enrolling for a healthcare plan, be sure to speak with our CHWs to ensure the plan is accepted by your provider of choice.  If you already have health coverage, you can call your insurance provider to ensure your doctor is in your network and accepts your insurance.     

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

 

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

A Word From the CEO: Support Community Health Centers on Small Business Saturday

A Word From the CEO: Support Community Health Centers on Small Business Saturday

Cassopolis, MI, November 25, 2019, Author: Mary Geegan Middleton – We know that small, locally owned businesses serve as economic engines on which communities can succeed and thrive. They account for 65 percent of all new jobs and nearly 50 percent of all employees nationwide.

This Small Business Saturday, I hope you will join me in urging lawmakers to invest in one of our own economic engines – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN). Here in Michigan, Community Health Centers employ more than 6,000 people of all education and ability levels, generating more than $1.3 billion in economic activity.

As the Chief Executive Officer of CFCN, I am proud of the personalized approach we take to quality, affordable healthcare. We are a community institution, welcoming and providing care to all our neighbors, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or their ability to pay. We make sure our grandparents can afford their prescriptions; we provide Dad with annual wellness checks; we provide Mom with the best prenatal care; and, we nurture their newborn’s development at every check-up.

At CFCN, we proudly care for 13,000 community members of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties.  We provide our patients with not only medical care but also dental, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services to ensure they can navigate the complicated landscape of healthcare. Our staff consistently go beyond the medical chart to ensure that families have access to essential resources and a warm, comforting space.

Today, Community Health Centers across the country are facing an uncertain future. Even though we comprise the largest primary care network in the country, solidifying the backbone of the healthcare safety net, Congress has yet to pass our long-term funding. As a result, health centers are forced to operate on short-term funding patches, making it difficult for us to provide consistent services, plan for the future, and recruit and retain the best employees. Small businesses cannot survive without stability in funding. We can only continue to provide quality healthcare for people in our community if Congress acts – and acts now.

This Small Business Saturday, consider supporting businesses like Cassopolis Family Clinic Network in other ways. Call or email your member of Congress and remind them how integral health centers are in our community. Remember: Community Health Centers are local business that are keeping us healthy.

About Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).  With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides quality affordable healthcare for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties.  For more information go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Have a Happy Thanksgiving With Diabetes

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Have a Happy Thanksgiving With Diabetes

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

Aired 11.25.2019

Thanksgiving is a time for family to gather, share a meal and celebrate life’s many blessings.  The traditional carb and sugar-filled Thanksgiving meal is not always diabetes friendly.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses how to have a Happy Thanksgiving with diabetes.  

Plan Ahead

The traditional Thanksgiving meal often includes carb and sugar-filled items such as potatoes, cranberry sauce, and lots of desserts.   Plan what you are going to eat ahead of time.   When making your plate, be sure to watch your portions carefully.  Just because there are several desserts available to choose from, doesn’t mean you have to try them all.  Remember portion control for desserts. 

Bring a Dish

If you are not hosting Thanksgiving in your home, offer to bring a dish that you can enjoy such as non-starch vegetables for example salad, carrots, or green beans.   If you are worried about options available, you can always bring you own meal to ensure you stay on track.   

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – The Importance of Medical ID’s

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - The Importance of Medical ID's

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – The Importance of Medical ID’s

Aired: 11/11/2019

Medical emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere – especially if someone has a pre-existing condition or has food or medication allergies.  Being prepared for medical emergencies is key.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses the importance of medical identification.

What is a Medical ID?

A medical id is am emblem or tag that is worn by an individual with a medical condition to alert others that the individual may require immediate medical assistance.  There are several kinds of Medical Alert ID’s.  From bracelets, necklaces, and some even have their id tattooed.   MedicAlert bracelets are the most common type of medical identification.

How does it work?

The tag worn by the individual with a medical condition displays their ailment to physicians and/or first responders when the individual is unable to communicate.   The tag is engraved with the person’s name, medical condition, a number to the 24-hour MedicAlert line, and the wearer’s personal ID number, which provides access to their medical information and history through the MedicAlert database.  When the number is called, MedicAlert, will send the patients information to the medical provider or hospital treating the individual.

How do I get a Medical Alert Bracelet?

If you have a medical condition or allergy and would like to discuss the possibility of getting a Medical Alert Bracelet, contact your primary care provider.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – The Importance of Early Prenatal Care

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - The Importance of Early Prenatal Care

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – The Importance of Early Prenatal Care

Aired 11.04.2019

The key to a successful pregnancy and delivery is prenatal care.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses the importance of early prenatal care.

What is Prenatal Care?

Prenatal care is medical care an expectant mother receives during pregnancy.  At each prenatal care visit, the healthcare provider monitors the maternal and fetal wellbeing. 

Prenatal care allows the provider to:

  • Provide the expectant mother information on suggested healthy behaviors;
  • Educate the expectant mother on what to expect during and after pregnancy;
  • Detect early signs of potential complications.

Timely and adequate prenatal care not only creates a positive impact on infant health but also plays a significant role in post-partum maternal health. 

Why Prenatal Care? 

Prenatal care can:

  • Reduce risk of pregnancy complications;
  • Provide insight into the baby’s development;
  • Provide important nutritional information for following a healthy diet;
  • Allow the mother to take important tests to ensure both mother and baby are healthy;
  • Prepare the mother and her family for labor and delivery.

When Should I Begin Prenatal Care?

Prenatal care should ideally start before pregnancy.  An appointment should be scheduled as soon as the pregnancy has been confirmed.   The first visit should be schedule before the 12th week of pregnancy if possible.  

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).