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Heart Health for Life

Published Apr 18, 2017 11:00:00 AM. Written by Cristina Morales, MPH, RD, LD posted in Nutrition, AccessHealth, Healthy Habits

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Do you want to become a healthier you? Of course you do. Everyone wants to enjoy good health, but sometimes we need a little help understanding how to get started. A good first step is getting informed. Reading these interesting facts will help you understand where you fall in regards to developing healthy habits.          

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AccessHealth Announces New Chief Operations Officer

Published Apr 15, 2017 1:00:00 PM. Written by AccessHealth posted in AccessHealth

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We are excited to announce that Jody Noirot, RN MBA CEN joined AccessHealth as COO in mid-January.

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AccessHealth Appoints Chief Development Officer

Published Dec 11, 2016 1:00:00 PM. Written by AccessHealth posted in AccessHealth

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After serving as Director of Marketing and Development and Development Officer  for AccessHealth, Cindy Reaves has been promoted to Chief Development Officer of the nonprofit health center. A native of Fort Bend County, Reaves has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, the last 14 years working in the healthcare field in Fort Bend County. 

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Navigating Through The Holidays

Published Dec 9, 2016 2:00:00 PM. Written by Cristina Morales, MPH, RD, LD posted in Nutrition

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You’ve been so good. You’ve managed to keep that diet you started months ago going strong and you’re determined to keep the pounds you’ve lost off. Permanently.

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Managing Anxiety & Stress During The Holiday Season.

Published Dec 7, 2016 2:08:44 PM. Written by AccessHealth posted in Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression, Behavioral health, stress

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The holidays are right around the corner and many of us are busy with preparations; visions of happy gatherings, bonding over delicious family meals and other traditions fill our thoughts. 

For some however, the holidays are also a time of heightened stress and anxiety. You may be worried about finding the perfect gifts or concerned about the financial strain that comes with doing so. Perhaps you are burdened with travel itineraries or juggling too many commitments.

If you suffer from depression or recently experienced a loss, this time of year can be especially difficult. You may find yourself shying away from it all, finding solace in isolation, only to fall into a deeper depression. 

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Here are a few tips on how to keep your stress level under control and better enjoy the holidays:

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AccessHealth Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Published Dec 3, 2016 1:00:00 PM. Written by AccessHealth posted in AccessHealth

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Michael R. Dotson, CPA has joined the AccessHealth executive team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Dotson has an extensive background in business, finance and accounting. A proven financial professional with a strong track record for strategic leadership, Dotson will make an immediate contribution to the Center.

Dotson’s experience includes 6 years as a CFO and 8 years providing audit, assurance, M&A due diligence, and consulting within the health care industry, including: community health centers, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, government-based entities and others.
“I’m honored to join an organization committed to making quality, affordable health care accessible to all.” said Dotson. “I look forward to learning more about this community and lending my expertise to help meet its health care needs.”

As CFO, Dotson will be responsible for the operation and oversight of the financial activities of AccessHealth. This includes the interpretation, monitoring and adherence of industry complexities to ensure success. Further, Dotson will work with the executive team to formulate, execute and monitor planning, ensuring that goals and objectives are met.

“This is an immensely generous community,” said AccessHealth CEO, Carol Edwards. “Our board and executive team are committed to being good stewards of the financial support we receive. Mike shares our commitment and we’re thrilled to welcome him to Fort Bend County and to AccessHealth!”

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Depression is the leading cause of suicide

Published Sep 6, 2016 5:27:27 PM. Written by Vaughn O'Neal, Director of Behavioral Health and HIV Services posted in Mental Health, Depression

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Donald was only 14 years old when he took his own life. Like so many young adolescents, he struggled with changes in his body, an increasing interest in dating, learning the ropes as a high school freshman, being the eldest child, and wanting to win his parents’ admiration. Donald spoke about these concerns in a matter of fact tone — as he had during previous therapy sessions — as if he too knew these were just the normal struggles of a teenager and that all would be ok. But mental health is a fragile thing and all was not ok as Donald shook my hand and left my office for the last time. Two weeks later he shot himself as his family went about their usual evening activities in other parts of their home — unaware that Donald had decided this would be his last day with them.

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Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem in Teens Linked to Social Media

Published Sep 1, 2016 2:15:20 PM. Written by Orfelinda Coronado, LCSW, Clinical Therapist posted in Anxiety

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Online communities have become an essential part of our adolescents’ lives and could have a direct impact on their mental health. Today, our teens are exposed to thousands of indirect attacks on self-esteem via written messages, pictures, videos, and the like via social networking sites (SNSs). Social media provides distance and anonymity to individuals who like to utilize it as a means of communication with the sole intent to do harm. According to the article How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers | Child Mind Institute,

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A Community Health Center For All

AccessHealth welcomes anyone in need of health care services. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP and most private insurance. However, individuals without insurance may be eligible for discounted services. Our team of Certified Application Counselors will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have.