Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Recap: ECHO Workshop #14 "Maintaining Health and Financial Security as We Age"

On October 17th, AAHI, in partnership with the African American Health Program, the Latino Health Initiative, and the Community Action Agency, hosted our 14th Empowering Community Health Organizations (ECHO) Workshop! This workshop, "Maintaining Health and Financial Security as We Age", is the last of our three part series focusing on the needs, impacts, and opportunities of an aging community. A new series will begin in the spring of 2018.

Our ECHO Project is a series of professional and practical training workshops designed to build the capacity and sustainability of community organizations.

Prior to the workshop, attendees were able to visit our resource for information on various services and programs available for older residents.

The workshop was conducted in a panel discussion format and representatives from the Montgomery Department of Health and Human Services Aging and Disability Services, the Social Security Administration, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), and the Coalition for the Advancement of Financial Education (C.A.F.E. Montgomery MD) were invited to talk about the importance of planning ahead as we age and understanding the health and financial demands that may arise along with aging.

Over 70 attendees, representing close to 40 organizations, came to the workshop. Thank you to our wonderful panelists, Steering Committee, and staff for making this a successful event. We look forward to seeing you again in our spring 2018 ECHO Workshop!

Please click on the image below to see more photos from the night!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Activity Recap: Guru Nanak Foundation of America Health Fair

On September 24, AAHI participated in the Guru Nanak Foundation of America (GNFA) Health Fair hosted by GNFA and American Diversity Group. Despite the heat, participants were very enthusiastic to come to our Resource Information table and to participate in the bone density screening. Our health promoters were able to provide outreach and education on topics such as hepatitis B, blood pressure, diabetes, and mental health. Thank you for having us, GNFA!

Click on the picture below for more photos from the health fair!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Prepare Yourself Before Disaster Strikes

Do you know what to do when an emergency happens?

As part of the National Preparedness Month in September, the Department of Homeland Security is encouraging the public to create an action plan before an emergency occurs. It is important to have a plan in place so that you can better respond to the unexpected.

There are four key things you can do:
(1) stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses
(2) make a family emergency plan, 
(3) build an emergency supply kit, and
(4) get involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies.

This brochure from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides detailed information on how to prepare for disasters. You can find the PDF version here and it is also available here in multiple languages including Chinese, Korean, Hindi, and Vietnamese.

In addition, do you know how to get in contact with family members if you are not all together when an emergency happens? Have a family discussion before an emergency happens to determine who would be your point of contact, both in your neighborhood and our of town. It is also important to note that unless you are in danger, send a text to communicate. Texts may have an easier time getting through than phone calls, and you do not want to tie up phone lines needed by emergency workers.

Use this Family Communication Plan to assist you in organizing emergency contacts such as phone numbers and meeting place for your family! You can find the PDF version here.

Monday, September 18, 2017

National Healthy Lunch Day!

With your demanding career and busy family lives, it may be challenging to have a healthy meal. As part of the National Healthy Lunch Day on September 19, 2017, the American Diabetes Association
has provided tips on how to prepare quick and healthy lunches!

Here’s how to put together good-for-you foods to make a satisfying and healthy lunch:
  1. Put a healthy spin on the traditional sandwich. Use two pieces of thin, whole grain bread and include two ounces reduced-sodium lean turkey, hummus, spinach, bell pepper slices, and/or mustard. Add some carrot sticks and light ranch dressing on the side. 
  2. Mix together some cooked quinoa, rinsed and drained canned white beans, chopped bell pepper, carrots, and broccoli to make a whole grain and veggie salad. Toss with some olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add a nectarine or some grapes on the side and a small handful of dry roasted almonds, if desired. 
  3. Make a tuna salad with canned light tuna packed in water, light mayo, diced celery, lemon juice, and freshly ground pepper. Serve it over greens with an apple and peanut butter on the side. 
  4. Build a quick yogurt parfait with nonfat plain Greek yogurt, diced no-sugar-added canned pineapple, and a sprinkle of pecans to top it off. 
  5. Pack a cup of leftover chili or vegetable soup. Top it with some fresh tomatoes and nonfat plain yogurt instead of sour cream. 
  6. Fill a whole wheat tortilla wrap with rotisserie chicken, hummus, and greens. For more veggie goodness, add roasted or fresh pepper strips. 
  7. Pack a hard-boiled egg, a piece of fruit, a string cheese stick, and five whole wheat crackers. And bring as many carrot or celery sticks as you like! 
  8. Throw together a salad with romaine lettuce or spinach and any other non-starchy vegetables that you like. Top with some grilled chicken, feta cheese, a sprinkle of chopped nuts, and a tablespoon of light salad dressing.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Take the Adult Vaccine Quiz!

Vaccination is important for everyone of all ages and the need for vaccinations does not end in childhood. Every year 700,000 to 1.4 million people suffer from chronic hepatitis B, with complications such as liver cancer, which could be prevented if vaccination is received in a timely manner.

Unfortunately, not all adults are receiving the recommended vaccines, leaving themselves and their loved ones vulnerable to serious preventable diseases. According to the National Health Interview Survey 2014, only 20% of adults 19 years or older had received Tdap vaccination and less than half of adults 18 years or older received a flu vaccine during the 2014-2015 flu season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an easy multiple choice quiz that lets you find out which vaccines you may need. The recommendations for adults 19 years and older are based on age, health conditions, job, lifestyle, travel, and other factors. Click on the link and take the quiz!

Once you get the list of vaccines you may need, bring the list with you when you visit your primary care doctor and discuss steps you can take to get up to date with your vaccinations. If you are a Montgomery County resident, low income, uninsured, and need primary care, you can contact Montgomery Cares Clinics through MC311 by dialing 240-777-0311.