Letter from the Executive Director

Our Locations

The Administration and Behavioral Health offices are located in the red building at 631 4th and Main Sts. You can call 907-543-3773 to schedule an appointment.

The Dental office is located at 660 3rd St. in the same building as Stan’s Barber Shop. To make an appointment , call 907-545-3996.

The Health Clinic has been relocated to our new facility across the street from the red building. Located at 430 Main St. You can call 907-543-3773 to make an appointment.

2019 –Spring-time Activity Here at the Clinic

At long last we will be getting reflective signs for the red and health clinic buildings.   We are continuing to renovate the original health center space in 2019. The building is currently housing the Behavioral Health and Administrative offices. We will be adjusting the floor plan to allow for more Behavioral Health office space, a VTC patient/therapist communication room/and a meeting area for groups.  Administration will remain on the first floor of the building as well.

Bethel Family Clinic will be participating in the Bethel Job Fair and Health Fair this year. The Job Fair is slated for March 28th from 10am to 4pm at the Cultural Center. Our HR Generalist, Mary Laraux will be at the Job Fair. Stop by and say hello. The Health Fair will be later this year. More news as it becomes available.

Vaccines Available

We regularly carry immunizations for the flu, MMR, pneumonia and shingles vaccines for our patients’ year around. We have these vaccines available now. Call 543-3773 to schedule the time to come in your vaccine(s).

 

 

March Focusing on Eye Health and Vision – What We Need to Know

March is a two-fold awareness month focusing on eye health (no pun intended). The American Optometric Association flags March for eye health and related issues like diabetes, contact lens safety and smoking. The national focus on eye health started in 1963. Since then, March has been dedicated to the importance of eye health and proper vision care.

Recently there has been an expanded interest in eye health and working, officially flagged as Workplace Eye Wellness Month. There is a condition called computer vision syndrome. It does not affect your sight, but does make your eyes irritated and tired. As we all work more and more on computers, most of us have or will experience this. Luckily, we can modify our work and habits to keep our eyes more comfortable.
1. Reposition the computer screen to be at the appropriate angle away from direct light. If needed, get an anti-glare screen.
2. Remember the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
3. Blink. Regularly blink or close your eyes to improve eye moisture throughout the day.
4. Use artificial tears. This helps in preventing dry eye and irritation.
5. Drink water. By drinking water, it helps maintain proper hydration.
6. Schedule regular eye exams.

Take time to contact your eye care provider for your routine eye exam.

Part I: What is Integrated Health?

Integrated care, also known as integrated health, coordinated care, comprehensive care, … the World Health Organization gives the following definition: Integrated care is a concept bringing together ... Continuity of care is closely related to integrated care and emphasizes the patient’s perspective through the system of health and social services,

An approach that is not really new!  Indigenous cultures thousands of years old have understood the connection of mind/body/spirit to well-being.  Integrated health in primary care clinics is this approach to WHOLE HEALTH, a “total wellness” of the patient.  It is the understanding that how we think and feel can dramatically affect our physical health.  The benefits to this approach, of screening and considering the whole health of a patient means earlier intervention and treatment opportunity.

Bethel Family Clinic provides Primary Integrated Health Care by including screenings for all health care patients PHQ-9; SBIRT, and DAST-10.  These screening tools provide an opportunity as components of a wellness exam for information and feedback about lifestyle and current emotional health.  

Be sure to be open with your provider about how you are feeling and what current life situations may be going on.

 

Take a moment to listen to what Queen Latifah; Nick Jonas, and Ted Danson have to say about the importance of annual whole health exams:

https://www.cigna.com/takecontrol/go/body-mind-connection

February is American Heart Month- What We Need to Know

February is American Heart Month – What We Need to Know

The month of Valentine’s Day is a good reminder of heart health. The American Heart Association notes February as American Heart month. When pulling up research to write this article, the common theme noted is prevention.

By making choices beneficial to our health, we can make a noted improvement in our health and quality of life.  Three contributing factors that can be controlled are dietary, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Early detection, dietary changes and exercise all contribute to lessening the risk factors for our health.

HDL, or ‘good cholesterol’ is the kind of cholesterol we want to have. Here are 5 ways to increase the HDL cholesterol:

  1. Increase physical activity. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise most days is recommended.
  2. Lose extra weight. Losing weight not only increases HDL but reduces the LDL or ‘bad cholesterol’.
  3. Be smart about fats. Choose monoUNsaturated and polyUNsaturated fats from plants, nuts and fish.
  4. Alcohol in moderation please. Alcohol causes other issues, so make sure to not overindulge.
  5. Stop smoking. Believe it or not, when you quit smoking your HDL levels increase.

I have attached a quick link from the CDC regarding heart health.

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/docs/ConsumerEd_HeartDisease.pdf

 

Take time to contact your health care provider for your routine exam and get your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked.