Churches United for Healthy Congregations

Improving health through faith and behavioral change.

 "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

                                                    ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Women's Health

 Do you have questions about any of the following health issues?  Click the links to find out the facts and get helpful information to share with your congregation
(all links from Womenshealth.gov except Mammography information and home visitation programs which are local).


Caregiver Stress:
  Most Americans will be informal caregivers at some point during their lives. During any given year, there are more than 44 million Americans (21% of the adult population) who provide unpaid care to an elderly or disabled person 18 years or older. Altogether, informal caregivers provide 80 percent of the long-term care in the United States. Click here for fact sheet.

CholesterolToo much cholesterol in the blood is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the United States. One way to prevent these diseases is to detect high cholesterol and treat it when it is found. Click here for fact sheet. 

 Colon and Rectal Cancers: Cancer is a disease in which cells become abnormal and form more cells in an uncontrolled way. Cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer. Cancer that begins in the rectum is called rectal cancer. Click here for fact sheet.

Cervical Cancer: Cervical cancer is a disease that can be very serious. However, it is a disease that you can help prevent. Click here for fact sheet.

 Depression:  Depression is a medical illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things. Click here for fact sheet.

Diabetes: About 24 million Americans have diabetes, about half of whom are women. As many as one quarter do not know they have diabetes. Click here for fact sheet. 

Exercise and Menopause: Feel like you are gaining weight as you age?  It may not be caused by hormonal changes after all. Click here for more info!

Heart Disease:   Among all U.S. women who die each year, one in four dies of heart disease. In 2004, nearly 60 percent more women died of cardiovascular disease (both heart disease and stroke) than from all cancers combined. The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get heart disease. But women of all ages should be concerned about heart disease. All women should take steps to prevent heart disease. Click here for fact sheet.

Heart Healthy Eating: What you eat affects your risk for having heart disease and poor blood circulation, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Heart disease is the number 1 killer and stroke is the number 3 killer of American women and men. Click here for fact sheet.

Home Visitation Programs:  The Healthy Start Coalition Home Visiting Advisory Council has put together this great summary sheet  of home visitation programs for pregnant moms and new babies in Pinellas.  Click here to view. 

Mammograms:  A mammogram plus a clinical breast exam, an exam done by your doctor, is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early greatly improves a woman?s chances for successful treatment.  In Pinellas County, two programs that can help women who are not insured or under-insured get a mammogram at no cost are the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and the Mammography Voucher Program, (MVP).

Floirida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program:

  •    For women 50-64 age, whose
  •    Income is less than or equal to 200% or less of the Federal Poverty level
  •    And who have no insurance or are "under-insured" which means catastrophic
       insurance only

The program provides a no cost clinical breast exam, pap smear, no cost mammogram, no cost diagnostics when needed, and assistance applying for Medicaid, if treatment needed. Call the Pinellas County Health Department at 727-824-6917 for more information and to get application. Or you can visit the website and download the application.  Click here to go to the website.  The Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program is a state funded program and located at the Pinellas County Health Department,  205 Dr. ML King Jr. Street N, St. Petersburg.  If you would like someone to come and speak to your group about the program, please contact Monique Whitaker at 727-824-6900 ext. 4465.

 Mammography Voucher Program (MVP)

  • Women ages 40-49*
  • Uninsured or under-insured with low income
  • Must reside in Pinellas County

 *Women under age 40 may be eligible if they meet program criteria, have a personal history of breast cancer, or if they have a breast problem indicative of breast cancer.

Eligibility is determined by the program manager. Contact: Sherrl Fry at 727-820-4117.  Must call to be screened for eligibility and request application. Applicants should have recent clinical breast examination and prescription for mammogram. A list of clinics who give Clinical Breast Exams will be provided upon request. Women screened by MVP are provided diagnostics tests if ordered by radiology staff and if diagnosed are provided access to treatment. MVP is funded by the Suncoast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen  for the Cure and the Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund and located at the Pinellas County Health Department, 205 Dr. ML King Jr. Street N, St. Petersburg. 

Overweight, Obesity and Weight Loss: Over 60 percent of U.S. adult women are overweight, according to 2007 estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Just over one-third of overweight adult women are obese. Click here for fact sheet.

Ovarian Cancer:  About 1 in every 72 women in the United States will develop ovarian cancer. Most cases occur in women over the age of 50, but this disease can also affect younger women. Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Click here for fact sheet.

Pap Test The Pap test, also called a Pap smear, checks for changes in the cells of your cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb) that opens into the vagina (birth canal). The Pap test can tell if you have an infection, abnormal (unhealthy) cervical cells, or cervical cancer. Click here for fact sheet. 

Stroke:  A stroke is sometimes called a "brain attack." A stroke can injure the brain like a heart attack can injure the heart. A stroke occurs when part of the brain doesn't get the blood it needs. Click here for fact sheet.

Stress and Your Health:  One recent survey found that women were more likely to experience physical symptoms of stress than men. But we don?t have enough proof to say that this applies to all women. We do know that women often cope with stress in different ways than men. Click here for fact sheet.

Thyroid Disease: A thyroid that is working right will produce the right amounts of hormones needed to keep your body?s metabolism working at a rate that is not too fast or too slow. Click here for fact sheet.

 

St. Petersburg's New Health Initiative- Healthy St. Pete!

   When Florida’s 67 counties were ranked using the model developed by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pinellas County ranked 33rd in Health Outcomes, Quality of Life and Length of Life. It also showed that the leading causes of death in Pinellas County are chronic diseases, including cancer – most prevalently lung cancer – as well as heart disease.
   This data, and the information provided by our own Pinellas County Health Department, verified what many of us already suspected, or even knew: behavioral risk factors such as poor nutrition and limited physical activity affect the health of our community. Income, neighborhood, gender and race also impact access to health care and affect health outcomes.
   These are outcomes that we can change by working together. To visit the Healthy St. Pete website and learn more about what the City and its partners are doing to resolve these issues, click here.

Distinctive Causes of Death By State


National Public Radio (NPR) recently profiled an analysis of mortality records that uncovered the most distinctive cause of death in each state. In Texas, it's tuberculosis. In Maine, the flu. And in Nevada, it's "legal intervention." Click here to find out more.

Latest Obesity Map for United States


The latest CDC map detailing the prevalence of obesity for all U.S. states based on 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data is now available at www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/prevalence-maps.html. Three additional maps demonstrate obesity prevalence by race/ethnicity for each state.

Check Out Our New Link-Drugwatch


Drugwatch.com is a comprehensive resource about dangerous side effects and complications from commonly prescribed drugs and oft-used medical devices. Their mission is to educate people about medications they take and the devices that are in their bodies and then to provide resources to help people evaluate whether they have a legal case because of life-changing side effects or complications. Drugwatch.com is updated constantly with new information about research breakthroughs, clinical trials, recalls and warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By making you aware of the risks of certain medications and medical devices, Drugwatch gives you a better chance for quality of life and survival. Go to the links page.

Know Someone Who Needs a Mammogram but Can't Afford One?


Many women who are not insured or "under-insured" forgo getting a mammogram due to the cost.  Pinellas County has two programs that are here to help!  Our Women's Heath page offers more information about no cost mammograms and where to get them.  Just click here to go to the Women's Health page and scroll down that page to Mammograms.

Home Visitation Programs in Pinellas


The Home Visiting Advisory Council of the Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. has put together a two page summary sheet of all the home visitation programs in Pinellas. For those of you who work with expectant and new moms in your congregations, this is a very handy resource sheet.  Check it out on our Women's Health page!

Stroke Support Group

Whether you have suffered a stroke or care for someone who has, you are eligible to attend Northside Hospital's Stroke Support Group. The group which is facilitated by a registered nurse, meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6006 49th Street N., St. Petersburg at 3:00 pm. For more information, call toll free 1-888-598-9586.

Issue Brief:Analysis of Obesity Rates By State


Twelve states currently have an adult obesity rate above 30 percent, according to a new analysis released by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The analysis used the state obesity rates released made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mississippi had the highest rate of obesity at 34.9 percent, while Colorado had the lowest rate at 20.7 percent. Twenty-six of the 30 states with the highest obesity rates are in the Midwest and South. Florida came in at 26.6%.   More

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Check Out the Spirit Filled Walking Plan



Walk in Peace and improve your health with the Spirit Filled 12 Week Walking Plan.
This is a simple plan that you can use in your congregations to get folks moving. 
Click here to go to our "A Healthier You" section to see the plan.

Overwhelmed By Federal Grant Writing Requirements?


Then don't miss our new Links Page addition for aspiring grant writers!  HRSA has put out a technical assistance website to help you write that award winning grant application. Just click here and scroll to the end.

Free Health and Wellness Phamplets

 

Looking for some accurate and helpful health information to give out to your congregation? Go4Life at the National Institute on Aging has some for you....for free. Just click here to go to their website.

Educate Yourself! Don't Fall!


Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury, death, and disability for Floridians age 65 and over?  As a state that ranks first in the nation in the percentage of its residents who are elders, educating our seniors and their caregivers on how to prevent falls in homes and assisted living and medical facilities is vital to the safety of our population.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately one-third of all Americans age 65 and older will suffer a fall each year. Particularly disturbing is the CDC's estimate of 1,800 annual deaths among nursing home residents from fall-related injuries. The most recent Florida Department of Health data show that in 2009, 1,714 Florida seniors suffered fatal injuries and 42,754 others were hospitalized for nonfatal injuries from falls. Traumatic brain injuries were associated with 46 percent of the fall fatalities, while hip fractures related to 32 percent of deaths from falls.

Since the majority of falls occur within or around a place of residence, you can prevent a fall by providing some simple home modifications. Hallways and entrance ways need to be clear. Certain furniture arrangements are better than others. The telephone should be easily accessible for a fragile adult. Hazardous throw rugs can be removed.  An older or infirm person may benefit from a hand-held shower head, grab bars for the bathtub or better lighting.

Falls are a serious problem for our most vulnerable adults. Becoming educated on how to prevent them is the first step in protecting our seniors.  Click here for good tips on how to prevent falls.

2015-2016 Mini Grants

If you are interested in applying for a CUFHC Mini Grant for 2015-2016, please go to our "In The News" page to downlaod the application.

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Relay for Life


The American Cancer Society had a very successful Relay for Life event on Friday, April 27.   CUFHC churches were represented at the event and Carolyn Swanson, our CUFHC coordinator,  was on the planning committee.  Lots of fun, fundraising, and recognition of survivors and those who have lost their battle took place all night and into Saturday morning.  This was all for a wonderful cause:  to eradicate this terrible disease that has taken and affected the lives of so many of our loved ones.  Bless all of you who participated!
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In The News

Don't forget to check out In The News to find out the upcoming events and latest CUFHC news! 

Upcoming Events

Monday, Nov 6 at 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday, Dec 6 at 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday, Jan 6 at 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuesday, Feb 6 at 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Look What's New!

HIV/AIDS is a concern to the world and to the African American community. Check out our new HIV/AIDS page to see how you can help spread awareness about this disease that has affected so many lives.

Plan ahead! Check out the link on our Links Page to National Health Observances so you'll know well in advance what each month recognizes for health awareness. 

Check out In The News and Photo Gallery to see the latest events!

First Lady Micehelle Obama has issued a health challenge to all faith based communities! Learn more In the News.

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