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When damage is ongoing: Coping with chronic trauma
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When damage is ongoing: Coping with chronic trauma

What happens when you know you will face at least some form of trauma every day of your life? How do you cope? There are many types of trauma including acute, complex, generational, and chronic trauma. Acute trauma is the kind associated with one big event, like a home invasion or a car accident. But…

Self-care and racial trauma: A tool for healing
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Self-care and racial trauma: A tool for healing

Racial trauma can be caused in so many ways. Racism can be overt or covert. It might take the form of an explosive event or a small comment. People of color also constantly experience microaggressions—tiny hostile communications. Racism is traumatic whether it’s baked into the system or perpetrated by an individual. It’s traumatic when it’s…

Let’s talk about mental health: Reducing the stigma and boosting self-care
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Let’s talk about mental health: Reducing the stigma and boosting self-care

More than one in five adults in the United States is living with a mental illness. The same is true for youth ages 13-18.  Cincinnati nonprofit 1N5 takes its name from that statistic. Its mission is to “prevent suicide by erasing the stigma of mental illness and promoting optimal mental wellness.” Start at the beginning…

PRESS RELEASE: HCAN celebrating Community Health Workers’ dedication

Health Care Access Now (HCAN) trains Community Health Workers (CHWs) through its certification program. It also employs CHWs to work one-on-one with participants in its Pregnancy and Family Health Care Coordination and Adult Health Care Coordination programs. CHWs work with program participants to remove barriers to good health outcomes.  HCAN is holding a day of…

Self-care and substance use disorder: A powerful tool
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Self-care and substance use disorder: A powerful tool

One of the most powerful tools in substance use disorder recovery is self-care. And it works equally well for those on both sides of the equation: the people who are in recovery and their loved ones. Kellen Hicks, Drug and Alcohol Counselor, MS, LICDCCS, Cincy Pride Counseling, says self-care can help those affected by substance…

PRESS RELEASE: HCAN updating Hub Model used to assess and serve participants

Health Care Access Now (HCAN) collaborates with the Pathways Community Hub Institute, so its Community Health Workers (CHWs) can use a proven model as a framework for community-based care coordination.  CHWs use Hub “pathways” to provide education and resources to participants in the program. The Hub has updated its model to better capture data and…

What is mindful self-compassion? How does it affect health?
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What is mindful self-compassion? How does it affect health?

What does the voice in your head sound like? Are you your own worst critic? When you make a mistake at work, what do you say to yourself? Some people berate themselves: “That was stupid. You know better than that. Now you’re going to get fired.”  What about when you’re at home and you make…

Self-care at any age: For the young—and the young-at-heart
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Self-care at any age: For the young—and the young-at-heart

The Community Health Workers (CHWs) that work one-on-one with Health Care Access Now (HCAN)’s clients give so much of themselves. “If we have 30 clients, they have 30 plus different situations,” says Jessica Hines, HCAN CHW. That requires her to bring all her knowledge and ingenuity to every encounter. She wants to do the best…

PRESS RELEASE: HCAN launches new community calendar

Health Care Access Now (HCAN) wants to create a space where organizations can collaborate to share events and resources that can help bring the region closer to achieving health equity. In that spirit, it has created a Community Events & Resources calendar.  HCAN trains and dispatches Community Health Workers (CHWs) to work one-on-one with marginalized…