To Your Health

With some questionable health advice being posted by your friends on Facebook, politicians arguing about the state of the American healthcare system and a new medical study being summarized in just a sentence or two on TV---that seems to contradict the study you heard summarized  yesterday---it can be overwhelming to navigate the ever changing landscape of health news.

Every Thursday at 7:31 a.m. and 5:18 p.m., Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs provides health information you can trust. With trustworthy sources, she explores the fact and fiction surrounding various medical conditions and treatments, makes you aware of upcoming screenings, gives you prevention strategies and more…all to your health.
 

Slip, Slop, Slap! This slogan, coined in 1981, became one of the most popular public service announcements in Victoria, Australia. The alliterative command was given by a seagull on the beach in an attempt to get swimmers to SLIP on protective clothing, SLOP on sunscreen and SLAP on a wide-brimmed hat. In the decade that followed, there was a 50% reduction in sunburn among Victoria residents.  

Imagine this: a sixty-year-old woman who just recently moved here from Saudi Arabia is diagnosed with breast cancer, and her medical team is made up of all males. She goes against everything she has been taught since birth when she has to undress in front of these men. Imagine the internal conflict she would feel having to choose between her health and her values.

Although this particular example is hypothetical, it is not a far cry from the experiences that many people have throughout the United States’ healthcare system due to a lack of cultural competence.

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The American Red Cross reports that although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually donate each year. Donations at high school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of the supply during the school year, but during the summer months, these donors are not as accessible. When vacations disrupt other regular donors’ schedules, we are faced with a summer blood shortage.

The American Public Health Association defines Community Health Workers as frontline public health workers who are  trusted members of, or have an unusually close understanding of, the community served. This trusting relationship enables the workers to serve as links between health services, social services and the community, which  facilitates access and improves the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

Hello, I’m Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs, Director of Health Communication at Southeast Missouri State University...and now, also, a Certified Community Health Worker.

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A recent Gallup poll found that while most health providers recommend adults get 7-9 hours of sleep each night, folks in the United States currently average 6.8 hours of sleep at night. Odds are, you could use a nap.

People nap for different reasons. For some it is to make up for lost sleep, for some it is in preparation of sleep loss, and for others, it can be just for enjoyment.

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