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🗞️ Community Health Newsletter | Winter Issue 2021-2022

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Winter Issue 2021-2022

Community Health Newsletter

"We're here for you!"

We believe everyone should have access to care, especially during a pandemic.

Note: We’re now back to seeing patients in person, as well as virtually! Please call us to schedule an appointment: (856) 281-3032.

Estamos ahora viendo pacientes en persona y virtualmente! Por favor, llamenos para hacer una cita (856) 281-3032.

Vui lòng gọi cho chúng tôi để sắp xếp cuộc hẹn (856) 281-3032.

This Issue's

Top Stories

By the Community Health team at Cherry Hill Free Clinic


How to Give during the Winter Season

by Michelle Pham

With the Christmas and New Year Holidays recently passed it is important for us to be thankful for what we have. Many families enjoyed lavish feast and Christmas gifts. However, some families are still struggling to put food on the table, especially after this holiday season. The Covid-19 Omicron variant has also wreaked havoc on many families, keeping people out of work and quarantined in their homes.

If your New Year's resolution is to be more giving, consider donating for some food drives located in the South Jersey area. These food drives are hosted by The Food Bank of South Jersey. Through their program Feed Me, they have been able to provide 1,475,479 meals to help feed hungry families during all seasons. The Food Bank of South Jersey is a local food bank where anyone can donate food, money, and their time through volunteering.

All the events that are being hosted in the recent future: Food Bank of SJ: Attend an Event

What can you do to contribute?

  1. Donate Money
  2. Volunteer
  3. Host a Team Food Drive

For more information and ways to help visit The Food Bank of South Jersey.

Spanish: Con las vacaciones de Navidad y Año Nuevo recientemente pasadas, es importante que estemos agradecidos por lo que tenemos. Muchas familias disfrutaron de una lujosa fiesta y regalos de Navidad; sin embargo, algunas familias aún luchan por poner comida en la mesa, especialmente después de esta temporada navideña. La variante Covid-19 Omicron también ha causado estragos en muchas familias, dejando a las personas sin trabajo y en cuarentena en sus hogares.

Si su resolución de Año Nuevo es dar más, considere donar para algunas colectas de alimentos ubicadas en el área de South Jersey. Estas colectas de alimentos son organizadas por The Food Bank of South Jersey y, a través de su programa Feed Me, han podido proporcionar 1,475,479 comidas para ayudar a alimentar a familias hambrientas durante todas las estaciones. El Banco de Alimentos del Sur de Jersey es un banco de alimentos local donde cualquier persona puede donar los alimentos que compra, dinero y su tiempo a través del voluntariado.

Todos los eventos que se están organizando en un futuro reciente:

Food Bank of SJ: Attend an Event

¿Qué puedes hacer para contribuir?

  1. Donar Dinero
  2. Donar su Tiempo como un Voluntario
  3. Donar Comida

Para más información y formas de ayudar visite The Food Bank of South Jersey.


Gratitude & Mental Health

by Nertila Cana

As many of us are still in the spirit of the holiday season, we wanted to highlight a very important aspect of the season that is at the core of the holidays and can actually lift up our spirits - that is being grateful.

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. It is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier or thinking they can't feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack.

Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Engaging in a regular gratitude practice can change our mindset by increasing us in resilience, self-esteem, and helping us to think positively.

Gratitude is a quality that we can successfully cultivate further, and it will grow stronger with use and practice. Here are some ways to cultivate gratitude on a regular basis:

  • Make a gratitude collage - looking at pictures of all the things you have to be thankful for can remind you of all the good you have in your life. So create a collage that includes pictures of the people, things, and experiences you appreciate.
  • Keep a gratitude journal.
  • Write a thank-you note, or thank someone mentally.
  • Count your blessings.
  • Pray, or meditate (ex. I am thankful for the breath…)

Spanish: A medida que nos acercamos a la próxima temporada navideña, queríamos resaltar un aspecto muy importante de la temporada de Acción de Gracias que está en el centro de la festividad y que realmente puede levantarnos el ánimo: estar agradecido.

La gratitud es un agradecimiento por lo que recibe un individuo, ya sea tangible o intangible. Con gratitud, las personas reconocen la bondad en sus vidas. Es una forma de que las personas aprecian lo que tienen en lugar de buscar siempre algo nuevo con la esperanza de que los haga más felices o pensar que no pueden sentirse satisfechos hasta que todos los aspectos físicos y materiales. se satisface la necesidad. La gratitud ayuda a las personas a volver a centrarse en lo que tienen en lugar de en lo que les falta.

La gratitud ayuda a las personas a sentir emociones más positivas, disfrutar de las buenas experiencias, mejorar su salud, lidiar con la adversidad y construir relaciones sólidas. Participar en una práctica regular de gratitud puede cambiar nuestra forma de pensar al aumentar nuestra resiliencia, autoestima y ayudarnos a pensar de manera positiva.

La gratitud es una cualidad que podemos cultivar más con éxito y se fortalecerá con el uso y la práctica. Aquí hay algunas formas de cultivar la gratitud de forma regular:

  • Haz un collage de gratitud: mirar imágenes de todas las cosas por las que tienes que estar agradecido puede recordarte todo lo bueno que tienes en tu vida. Así que crea un collage que incluya imágenes de las personas, las cosas y las experiencias que aprecias.
  • Lleva un diario de gratitud.
  • Escribe una nota de agradecimiento o agradece a alguien mentalmente.
  • Cuente sus bendiciones
  • Orar, meditar (ex. Estoy agradecida por respirar otro dia mas …)

Resources for Free Covid-19 Testing

by Nertila Cana

Free COVID-19 testing is available at many locations across our state. Below, you can find a list of free public testing locations in South Jersey, including short-term pop-up testing sites. You can search New Jersey's testing locations, both public and private, using the test site finder tool here.

You can also order a free, at-home COVID-19 saliva PCR test by visiting Vault Health NJ.

In addition, free COVID-19 testing and treatment is available at Community Health Centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), to all people whether you have health insurance or not and regardless of your immigration status. Find an FQHC near you, through 211 online, or by directly calling 2-1-1 (support is available in English and Spanish).

Individuals with urgent symptoms may also continue to access services at acute care hospitals. The COVID-19 testing cost will be waived for uninsured individuals eligible for charity care. Learn about the Charity Care Program.

Free Public Testing Locations by county - Please note that hours and restrictions at these testing sites may change on short notice.

Burlington County

BCHD Willingboro Town Center, 4390 Rt. 130 North, Willingboro

  • 8 am to 3 pm, Mondays
  • 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesdays
  • 10 am to 6 pm, Wednesdays
  • 10 am to 6 pm, Thursdays
  • Open to all those who live, work, or go to school in Burlington County
  • Walk ups are welcome; appointments are encouraged: Burlington County Testing.

Camden County

Camden County Health Hub -- Camden County College, 200 College Drive, Blackwood

  • 8 AM to 12 PM, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • Individuals will be provided with a saliva PCR test kit. Results are typically available within 12-24 hours.
  • These test kits can be used on site or taken home and returned to the site at designated drop boxes. Saliva tests must be returned within 24 hours of use.

Cooper University Health Care, Broadway and Stevens Street, Camden

  • 9:15 am to 4 pm, Mondays through Thursdays
  • 8am to 12 pm, Fridays and Sundays
  • Individuals will be provided with a saliva PCR test kit. Results are typically available within 12-24 hours.
  • These test kits can be used on site or taken home and returned to the site at designated drop boxes. Saliva tests must be returned within 24 hours of use.

Cherry Hill Specialty Care -- 2339 Route 70, Cherry Hill

  • 8 am to 4:30 pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
  • 8am to 12 pm, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Individuals will be provided with a saliva PCR test kit. Results are typically available within 12-24 hours.
  • These test kits can be used on site or taken home and returned to the site at designated drop boxes. Saliva tests must be returned within 24 hours of use.

Cumberland County

Complete Care - 1200 N High St, Millville

  • 8 am to 4:30 pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

Vineland Health Department - 103 S 6th St, Vineland

  • 9 am to 12 pm, Mondays
  • 9 am to 12 pm and 5 pm to 7:30 pm, Thursdays

625 N 7th St, Millville

  • 7am-7pm, Mondays - Fridays
  • 9am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays

1100 Coombs Rd. Millville

  • 7am-4:30pm, Mondays - Fridays

At-Home Testing

  • Free at-home saliva tests are available to residents of Cumberland County and essential workers in the county.
  • This test is performed at home through a video telehealth visit and submitted through the mail.
  • Request your free saliva test online

Gloucester County

1200 North Delsea Drive, Clayton

  • 11 am - 7 pm, Tuesday, January 4th
  • 9 am - 3 pm, Wednesday, January 5th
  • 9 am - 3 pm, Thursday, January 6th
  • 7 am - 11 am, Friday, January 7th
  • 7 am - 11 am, Saturday, January 8th

At public testing locations, insurance is recommended but not required. Private testing locations may require insurance coverage.

For more information and resources visit NJ Covid-19 Information Hub.

Spanish: La prueba gratuita de COVID-19 está disponible en muchos lugares de nuestro estado. A continuación, puede encontrar una lista de lugares de prueba públicos gratuitos en el sur de Jersey, incluidos los sitios de prueba emergentes a corto plazo. Puede buscar las ubicaciones de prueba de Nueva Jersey, tanto públicas como privadas, utilizando la herramienta de búsqueda de sitios de prueba aquí. https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing#test-sites

Además, las pruebas y el tratamiento de COVID-19 gratuitos están disponibles en los Centros de salud comunitarios, también conocidos como Centros de salud calificados a nivel federal (FQHC), para todas las personas, tengan o no seguro médico e independientemente de su estado migratorio. Un FQHC cerca de usted con esta herramienta de búsqueda, a través del 211 en línea o llamando directamente al 2-1-1 (el soporte está disponible en inglés y español).

Las personas con síntomas urgentes también pueden seguir accediendo a los servicios en los hospitales de cuidados intensivos. El costo de la prueba COVID-19 no se aplicará a las personas sin seguro que reúnan los requisitos para recibir atención de caridad. Puede encontrar información sobre el programa de atención de caridad en: https://www.nj.gov/health/charitycare.

Ubicaciones públicas de pruebas en el condado de Burlington

  • Servicios de emergencia, Centro de capacitación, 53 Academy Drive, Westampton
  • Lunes a domingo de 8:00 a 1:00 pm.
  • 12 p.m. - 6 p. M., de martes a viernes
  • Abierto a todos aquellos que viven, trabajan o van a la escuela en el condado de Burlington

Ubicaciones públicas de pruebas en el condado de Camden

  • Camden County College, Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd y Broadway, Camden
  • De 9:30 a. M. A 4:30 p. M., de lunes a viernes
  • 8:30 am a 11:30 am, sábados y domingos
  • La prueba es solo con cita previa. Llame al 856-968-7100 o envíe un correo electrónico a Covid19swabsite@cooperhealth.edu

Ubicaciones públicas de pruebas en el condado de Cumberland

  • Vineland Senior Center, 106 South 6th Street, Vineland
  • Martes y jueves de 9 a.m. a 12 p.m.
  • Pruebas en casa
  • Las pruebas de saliva en el hogar gratuitas están disponibles para los residentes del condado de Cumberland y los trabajadores esenciales del condado.
  • Esta prueba se realiza en casa a través de una visita de telesalud por video y se envía por correo.
  • Solicite su prueba de saliva gratuita en línea

Ubicaciones públicas de pruebas en el condado de Gloucester

  • Departamento de Salud del Condado de Gloucester, 204 E. Holly Ave, Sewell
  • De lunes a viernes

Llame al (856) 218-4142 para programar su cita o para obtener información adicional NJ Covid-19 Information Hub.


Q & A

What happens if I test positive?

How long do I need to stay home?

by Hindira Garcia

If you tested positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status):

  • You should stay home and isolate for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house but should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If you need help getting food or other essentials during quarantine, there are many programs to help you and your family including food assistance, unemployment insurance, sick leave, and job protections. Learn more here.

For individuals who cannot safely quarantine at home, the State is securing beds at hotels, an alternative care site, and other locations. Contact your local health department for help or ask a contact tracer when they call.

For individuals who quarantine at home, but live in large or multigenerational households where others may be at risk, the Department of Health recommends taking the following precautions:

  • For large households or homes with many people, persons who are sick should remain in a separate bedroom and stay away from anyone who is not sick as much as possible.
  • If the sick person cannot be isolated in a separate room, consider having them isolate in an alternate location that has a separate bedroom and bathroom for them to rest and recover.
  • If a family member(s) has underlying health conditions, consider having them quarantine at a nearby alternate site away from the sick individual.
  • If the sick person needs to leave the bedroom to use the bathroom (or kitchen), they should wear a mask.
  • The sick individual should not eat meals with others in the household to limit the spread of the virus within the home.
  • All persons living in the home should practice good hand hygiene (wash hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer).
  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces regularly is important especially in the bathroom as well as doorknobs and stair rails.

Resource: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/testing-and-treatment/what-happens-if-i-test-positive-how-long-do-i-need-to-stay-home

Spanish: Si dio positivo por COVID-19 (independientemente del estado de vacunación):

  • Debe quedarse en casa y aislarse durante 5 días.
  • Si no tiene síntomas o sus síntomas se resuelven después de 5 días, puede salir de su casa, pero debe continuar usando una máscara alrededor de otras personas durante 5 días más.
  • Si tiene fiebre, continúe en casa hasta que se le resuelva la fiebre.

Si necesita ayuda para obtener alimentos u otros elementos esenciales durante la cuarentena, existen muchos programas para ayudarlo a usted y a su familia, incluidos asistencia alimentaria, seguro de desempleo, licencia por enfermedad y protección laboral. Aprenda mas aqui.

Para las personas que no pueden ponerse en cuarentena en casa de manera segura, el estado está asegurando camas en hoteles, un sitio de cuidado alternativo y otros lugares. Comuniquese con su departamento de salud local para obtener ayuda o solicite un rastreador de contactos cuando llamen.

Para las personas que se ponen en cuarentena en casa, pero viven en hogares grandes o multigeneracionales donde otros pueden estar en riesgo, el Departamento de Salud recomienda tomar las siguientes precauciones:

  • Para hogares grandes o hogares con muchas personas, las personas que están enfermas deben permanecer en un dormitorio separado y mantenerse alejadas de cualquier persona que no esté enferma tanto como sea posible.
  • Si no se puede aislar a la persona enferma en una habitación separada, considere aislarla en un lugar alternativo que tenga un dormitorio y un baño separados para que descanse y se recupere.
  • Si un miembro de la familia tiene problemas de salud subyacentes, considere ponerlos en cuarentena en un sitio alternativo cercano lejos de la persona enferma.
  • Si la persona enferma necesita salir del dormitorio para usar el baño (o la cocina), debe usar una máscara.
  • La persona enferma no debe comer con otras personas en el hogar para limitar la propagación del virus dentro del hogar.
  • Todas las personas que viven en el hogar deben practicar una buena higiene de manos (lavarse las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón o usar desinfectante para manos).
  • Es importante limpiar con regularidad las superficies que se tocan con frecuencia, especialmente en el baño, así como en los pomos de las puertas y las barandillas de las escaleras.

Recurso: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/testing-and-treatment/what-happens-if-i-test-positive-how-long-do-i-need-to-stay-home


Booster Dose and Children's Vaccines

by Hindira Garcia

Booster shots to combat COVID-19 are here! Again, for those who are unsure what the booster shot does, it’s an additional shot after your two dose COVID-19 shots. Per the CDC, additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised and necessary for people living with an immune system deficiency. This is intended to make sure that those individuals have enough protection against the virus and boost its defenses, given that the immune response weakens overtime. The FDA does authorize Pfizer booster shots for those 65 years or older who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 as well as those who are six months or longer past their second dose of Pfizer vaccines. It is recommended that eligible immunocompromised individuals get their third dose if at least four weeks have passed since their previous vaccination was completed. Click the link below to see if you are eligible for the booster shot. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have all released their booster shots as well as children's COVID-19 vaccines! Protect yourself and your loved ones with the shot.

¡Las inyecciones de refuerzo para combatir el COVID-19 están aquí! Para recordarles, aquellos que no están seguros de lo que hace la vacuna de refuerzo, es una inyección adicional después de sus dos inyecciones de COVID-19. Según el CDC, se recomiendan dosis adicionales de vacunas covid-19 para quienes tienen inmunodeficiencia moderada o grave y son necesarias para las personas que viven con una deficiencia del sistema inmunológico. Esto tiene como objetivo garantizar que esas personas tengan suficiente protección contra el virus y aumenten sus defensas, dado que la respuesta inmune se debilita con el tiempo. La FDA autoriza las vacunas de refuerzo de Pfizer para las personas de 65 años o más que tienen un alto riesgo de contraer COVID-19, así como para las que han pasado seis meses o más después de su segunda dosis de vacunas de Pfizer. Se recomienda que las personas inmunodeprimidas elegibles reciban su tercera dosis si han pasado al menos cuatro semanas desde que se completó su vacunación anterior. Haga clic en el enlace a continuación para ver si es elegible para las vacunas de refuerzo. Pfizer, Moderna y Johnson & Johnson han salido con las vacunas de refuerzo al igual que las vacunas contra el COVID-19 para los niños! Protege a tus seres queridos al igual que usted mismo con las vacunas.

Booster Shots Info and Eligibility

CDC Info on Children and Teen Vaccines


Nutrition Corner

by Ksenia Vongviphut

Are you tired of fad diets? Looking to eat healthier but unsure of where to start? Curious about trying out new recipes and expanding your food horizons?

Welcome to the CHFC Nutrition Corner! We would love to hear from you!

Please take a few minutes to participate in our survey so that we can best help you discover new, tasty meal ideas.

Spanish: ¿Estás cansado de las dietas que están de moda? ¿Buscando comer saludablemente pero estás inseguro de cómo empezar? ¿Curioso de tratar nuevas recetas y expandir tus horizontes sobre la comida? Bienvenidos a la esquina de nutrición de CHFC! ¡Nos encantaría escuchar de usted! Por favor, tome algunos minutos para hacer clic en el enlace que está abajo y participe en nuestro cuestionario para que así nosotros les podemos ayudar en la mejor manera posible de buscar ideas de comidas nuevas y deliciosas.

Vietnamese: Bạn cảm thấy mệt mỏi với những chế độ ăn kiêng lỗi mốt? Muốn ăn uống lành mạnh hơn nhưng không biết bắt đầu từ đâu? Bạn muốn thử các công thức nấu ăn mới và mở rộng tầm nhìn ẩm thực của mình? Chào mừng bạn đến với Góc dinh dưỡng CHFC! Chúng tôi rất mong nhận được hồi âm từ bạn! Vui lòng dành vài phút để nhấp vào liên kết và tham gia vào cuộc khảo sát của chúng tôi để chúng tôi có thể giúp bạn khám phá những ý tưởng bữa ăn ngon và mới lạ một cách tốt nhất.


Chase Away Chill with Hot, Wholesome Goodness!

by Ksenia Vongviphut

Now that the holidays have come and gone, we likely find ourselves back in the everyday groove: work, school, family obligations, volunteering commitments. In the midst of the cold winter months, it can get a little dreary at times especially with less daylight and chillier days. It may be tempting to focus on the downsides of wintertime, but here we have an opportunity to dust off the crockpot and try out some new soups, stews and more. One of the best parts: minimal preparation required and the cooking takes care of itself! With internet access, we have incredibly quick access to a ton of tasty recipes, but here are some simple ideas to warm you to the bone in the meantime:

-Vegetable soup: simmer sliced carrots, celery, tomato, onion, potatoes combined with broth, salt and pepper for seasoning in the crockpot, instant pot or on the stovetop for a few hours. Add some canned beans, lentils or edamame (shelled soybean, found in frozen food aisle) for protein and pair with whole grain bread or rolls for a heartier meal.

-Chili: combine sauteed ground meat (turkey or chicken for leaner version) with canned beans and diced tomatoes, chopped green pepper, a bit of tomato paste, salt, chili powder, oregano, onion, garlic and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes or for a few hours in the crockpot. Another option? Substitute meat entirely with a few different types of canned beans (chickpeas, pinto, kidney to name a few). Looking for extra flavor? A few spoons of salsa or jalapeno pepper kicks it up a notch. To round out the meal, serve with brown rice and a green salad.

-Baked oatmeal: combine 2 cups of oats with 3 cups of water or milk, stir in your favorite fruits, a half cup unsalted nuts, half cup of seeds, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Bake at 350 F for about 45 minutes. Some great combinations include apples/pear/banana with almonds and flax, blueberry/strawberry with cashews and chia, apples/raisins with walnuts and pumpkin seeds (go easy on the raisins as they are more concentrated natural sugar sources). No sugar added applesauce, canned or frozen fruit are great alternatives if fresh fruit is sparse or pricey.

-Stovetop fruit: simmer sliced apples along with frozen cherries or blueberries and a dash of cinnamon or cardamom on low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes. Make a big batch to portion out for breakfast or snacks for the week– be sure to eat with protein to stay full longer: yogurt, cottage or ricotta cheese, ¼ cup of nuts or spoon of peanut butter. In need of some more ideas? Check out these user-friendly sites that offer simple recipes:

All Recipes

BBC Good Food: Easy Recipes

Taste of Home: Easy Dinner Ideas


Healthy Sleep

by Nertila Cana

Are you getting enough sleep? Sleep is one of those things that we need in the right amount and quality, because too little or too much sleeping can make it tough to function at our best. Sleep is very crucial to our health, and a healthy sleep habit can help us manage stress, make better decisions, and yes, drive better too. The amount of sleep one needs depends on several factors like age, lifestyle, health. Many things can interfere with getting enough sleep: work schedule, anxiety, phone use, etc.

Common sense advice to improve sleep that you probably know includes: cutting down caffeine intake, especially late in the day, and creating a sleep-friendly environment (it is recommended for the room to be dark, cool and quiet, and tech free zone), among others.

It’s important to listen to our bodies and take some day naps if needed (personally I think cat naps are an effective way to relax and recharge). In particular, when we are sick, we usually have a greater need for sleep. This is because our body is working hard to fight infection and heal, and that requires extra energy. That is why naps taken during illness are considered essential.

And to continue with our ‘gratitude’ theme, let’s appreciate the power of a good night's sleep or nap that will help us to wake up refreshed and ready to face the day!

Reference: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2021/04/good-sleep-good-health

Spanish: ¿Estás durmiendo lo suficiente? Dormir es una de esas cosas que necesitamos en la cantidad y calidad adecuadas, porque dormir muy poco o demasiado puede dificultar el desempeño óptimo. El sueño es muy importante para nuestra salud y un hábito de sueño saludable puede ayudarnos a controlar el estrés, tomar mejores decisiones y, sí, conducir mejor. La cantidad de sueño que uno necesita depende de varios factores como la edad, el estilo de vida y la salud. Y muchas cosas pueden interferir con dormir lo suficiente: horario de trabajo, ansiedad, uso del teléfono, etc.

Los consejos de sentido común para mejorar el sueño que probablemente sepa incluyen reducir la ingesta de cafeína, especialmente al final del día, y crear un ambiente agradable para dormir (recomendó que la habitación sea oscura, fresca y tranquila, y una zona libre de tecnología), entre otros.

Es importante escuchar a nuestro cuerpo y tomar algunas siestas si es necesario (personalmente, creo que las siestas de gato son una forma efectiva de relajarse y recargar energías). En particular, cuando estamos enfermos, normalmente tenemos una mayor necesidad de dormir. Esto se debe a que nuestro cuerpo está trabajando duro para combatir las infecciones y sanar, y eso requiere energía adicional. Es por eso que las siestas que se toman durante una enfermedad se consideran esenciales.

Y para continuar con nuestro tema de "gratitud", apreciemos el poder de una buena noche de sueño o una siesta que nos ayudará a despertarnos renovados y listos para afrontar el día!

Referencia: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2021/04/good-sleep-good-health


Omicron Variant

by Michelle Pham

The New Year has started and it seems another variant of Covid-19 has also come out. As of December 20, 2021 the CDC announced that Omicron has been in every state and US territory and is rapidly increasing the number of Covid-19 cases. But what it this new Omicron variant? There are so many variants it's hard to keep track of, so we’ll list out the main things that you need to look out for with this new variant.

  1. The Omicron variant is much more easily transmissible than the original Covid-19.
  2. Continue wearing your mask. The omicron variant can spread to people without showing symptoms as well as those who have already been vaccinated.
  3. Omicron symptoms include: sore throat, nasal congestion, and muscle pain especially lower back pain. (These are also all the beginning symptoms for the Delta Variant)
  4. The best course of action is still getting vaccinated!
  5. Even though you can still get Covid-19 if you are vaccinated your symptoms and overall sickness will be significantly less severe than it would be if you were unvaccinated. The booster shot is also very important and could further lessen the severity of Covid.

With so many people catching the Omicron variant it is most important for people to continue social distancing and wearing a mask when in the areas with other people. We hope that you all stay safe during this New Year!

For more information: CDC Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know

El año nuevo ha comenzado y parece que también ha salido otra variante del Covid-19. A partir del 20 de diciembre de 2021, los CDC anunciaron que Omicron ha estado en todos los estados y territorios de EE. UU. Y está aumentando rápidamente el número de casos de Covid-19. Pero, ¿de qué se trata esta nueva variante de Omicron? Hay tantas variantes que es difícil realizar un seguimiento, por lo que enumeramos las principales cosas que debe tener en cuenta con esta nueva variante.

  1. La variante Omicron se transmite mucho más fácilmente que el Covid-19 original.
  2. Esto significa seguir usando su máscara. La variante omicron puede contagiar a personas sin mostrar síntomas, así como a aquellas que ya han sido vacunadas.
  3. Los síntomas de Omicron incluyen:
  4. Dolor de garganta, congestión nasal y dolores musculares, especialmente dolor lumbar. (Estos son también todos los síntomas iniciales de la variante Delta)
  5. ¡El mejor curso de acción sigue siendo vacunarse!
  6. Aunque todavía puede contraer Covid-19 si está vacunado, sus síntomas y la enfermedad en general serán significativamente menos graves de lo que serían si no estuviera vacunado. La vacuna de refuerzo también es muy importante y podría disminuir aún más la gravedad de Covid.

Con tantas personas que contraen la variante Omicron, es más importante que las personas continúen con el distanciamiento social y el uso de una máscara cuando estén en áreas con otras personas. ¡Esperamos que todos estén a salvo durante este Año Nuevo!


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Our Vision: An end to healthcare suffering from lack of access to care.

Our Mission: To provide free primary care to the uninsured and underinsured.In the ever-challenging world of healthcare, we often encounter people who suffer debilitating preventable conditions as a result of unmanaged chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma or high blood pressure.

Managing those diseases and providing care means we are making an impact on the quality of people’s lives and hopefully keeping them out of the Emergency Room.

Did you know that 42% of the population lives below the poverty line, with the average income hovering around $26,000? According to the CDC, in Camden County almost 20% are uninsured. That’s 1/5 of your neighbors and friends!

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