Celebrating the ‘power of rural,’ by Alice Bristow

November 21 is National Rural Health Day, a time to celebrate the “Power of Rural.” Rural America covers 80 percent of the U.S. land mass and is home to about 20 percent of the population. Its people are as diverse as the land itself but are linked by their rurality, a cultural phenomenon that supersedes... Continue Reading →

Diabetes Distress: Living with Diabetes, By Bela Patel

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Approximately 30.3 million people in the United States live with diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires patients to be rigorous in their self-management to achieve optimal health outcomes and prevent diabetes-related complications. While many have heard about diabetes, it is important to also discuss diabetes distress, which is... Continue Reading →

Addiction: What’s stress got to do with it? by Dr. Susanne Fogger

On the surface, stress, distress and addiction might not seem related, yet for some people, stress/distress/pain are the underlying motivation for substance use. It is important to identify and raise concern around certain stressors. Awareness and learning or practicing stress management skills can deter overuse/misuse of substances such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and opioids. It’s... Continue Reading →

Suicide Awareness: Keeping hope alive   

Suicide Awareness Month takes place in September, but the topic of awareness is important to discussed year round. It’s important to keep in mind that suicide awareness must be more than “just call this 1-800 number if you are suicidal.” I believe suicide awareness requires one to consider the value and meaning of human life,... Continue Reading →

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