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The summer is quickly approaching. Many of New York City's residents such as the elderly, infirmed or those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, emphysema or other respiratory illness can especially be at-risk for the onset of unbearably hot days. And if you live here in New York City, you know hot is often steamy-hot, especially for high-rise apartment dwellers on upper-level floors without adequate ventilation or cooling in their residences.
Hot weather can cause heat stroke and exacerbate chronic medical conditions, and may lead to severe complications and death. Heat waves affect New York City nearly every year and kill more New Yorkers each year on average than all other natural disasters combined. While some weather experts have recently said parts of the summer such as July and August may be below their normal temperatures (which would still be hot), June is actually expected to be above its normal averages.
So...will you help us look out for those that may need little help? Here are some suggestions we'd like to pass along as we all become our brother's and sister's 'keeper' this summer as the hot days approach:
* Monitor yours or an at-risk person's body-weight measurement, to watch for hydration and fluid balance. Some medications may impair temperature regulation or cause dehydration. At-risk patients should increase fluid intake during hot weather.
* Watch for signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. The signs include throbbing headache, dizziness/light-headedness, lack of sweating in hot weather, very red and hot skin, nausea and vomiting, rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing, behavior changes like confusion, disorientation or staggering, and seizures. If you see these symptoms in someone, get help quickly and call 9-1-1 for EMS.
* Most hyperthermia victims are overcome by heat in their own homes and do not have fully working air conditioners.
* Air conditioning is the most effective protection for at-risk patients during extreme heat. At-risk patients without home air conditioning who meet income eligibility criteria can apply for funding from the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to purchase and install air conditioners. or call the Visit https://mybenefits.ny.gov/ or call the HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009 to see if you qualify.
* Cooling centers are made available to New Yorkers during extreme heat events. To find a cooling center in New York City during a heat wave, call 311 or go to www.nyc.gov/oem.
Please look out for yourself and others this summer...and stay cool!
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Posted: May 23
We hope you were good to your mothers this past Mother’s Day . Mothers are here to bless – and be blessed in return. The Fourth Commandment telling us to honor our fathers and mothers yields a promise (Ephesians 6:2) - that our lives will be lived well in so doing. And in Proverbs 31, the children of a mother are to rise up and call her ‘blessed’, and her husband praises her for her hard labors in being a mother and wife. Please continue to bless your moms! National Women's Health Week was May 10-16.
As NLCHC opens its doors as a primary care center, one of our chief concerns will be how to help mothers of any age become more healthy. Raising children in New York City is daunting from the fast pace, crowded living, and often limited income capability of those who become moms here – single or married - without a good education.
Some things we have to think about as we consider primary care for women and mothers. For example, there is surprisingly good news about low infant mortality rates here. Overall, New York ranks in the top ten nationally for low infant mortality rates and birth rates to teens 15-19 as a state. But West Queens, where we are, is 10% higher than the rest of Queens. New immigrant mothers also have it tougher here now obtaining immunizations, including for HIV/AIDS – two New York City Department of Health branches near us closed in 2014, forcing more immigrants and moms to pay themselves, or go to other locations in the city away from Queens, where the workloads of those DOH branches increased due to the closings in Queens and the Bronx. And binge drinking and smoking are concerns for pregnant moms here.
Please pray for us as we consider how to tackle these and other issues in helping moms of all kinds. Our new medical director, Dr. Amber Featherstone-Uwague and the rest of our staff will be looking for ways to help provide pre-natal care and bless our moms as we serve Christ’s kingdom through the honoring of moms in the city.
A great mother - These photos are taken from the dedicatory plaque in our Fernanda Avena Dental Suite. Mrs. Avena is a great story of an immigrant mother. Widowed with ten children she raised them to follow the Lord and saw all of them become educated professionals. From a rural nipa hut to her grand 80th birthday celebration. Hers is a story of a faithful God and His faithful servant.
Posted: May 02
Celebrating National Nurses Day
New Life Fellowship Church’s beginnings and the foundation of the New Life Community Health Center have a shared history – nurses.
When New Life Fellowship first started its church ministry as a small group of believers meeting together with then-Senior Pastor Pete Scazzero in 1987, the core group included a few Filipino nurses, including Flor Jorge, Butchie Cervantes and Felma Rodriguez. Denise Costes and Margaret Lettieri were also part of the early group of nurses.
Flor, Felma, Denise and Margaret later became ‘charter members’ of the New Life Community Health Center, which started with a group of New Life Fellowship people interested in providing health care to the medically-underserved Elmhurst Community in 2000. That group went to other clinics such as the Esperanza Health Center in north Philadelphia and Lawndale Community Health Center in Chicago to find out how faith based community health was best practiced, and then put into use locally what we learned.
A voluntary staff of nurses provided most of our early patient care and medical assessment, from the days when NLCHC did free health fairs in public parks, and through the time the clinic officially began as a walk-in free clinic in 2005 As our clinic transitions into a primary-care clinic - just like your personal doctor's office would operate - NLCHC will continue to rely on skilled nurses as a front-line medical provider and resource to our patients.
Nursing has a glorious and critical heritage. From nuns, to pioneering nurse Clara Barton’s service in the American Civil War, (the Red Cross was founded from her work), to the modern era of the skilled intensive care, critical-care transport nurses and surgical nurse provider, we owe our care and survival to many nurses.
In the United Kingdom, senior nurses are called ‘sisters’. Our clinic is grateful for the past and current contributions of our nurses such as Flor, Margaret and Gillian Phillips. Thank you, ‘sisters’ of care!
Tuesday December 2nd was like that at the New Life Community Health Center. Four clinical pharmacy faculty members with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John's University's School of Pharmacy …Read More
to Partner before December 31, 2011
are several opportunities to partner with the health center financially between
now and the end of the calendar year.
related to the second dental exam room …Read More
2011 Community Health Fairs
past summer NLCHC offered seven community health fairs which served 327
individuals. Fifty of our core volunteers partnered with thirty friends of the
health …Read More