Lauren Schreffler, APRN

Pap and Pelvic: the 2 Ps and When You Need Them

Women's Health

Many women assume the Pap test and pelvic exam go together, but that’s not always the case. Both are important tools your provider uses to diagnose conditions and detect cancer, but they are not one and the same. The Pelvic Exam What: This physical exam checks for medical problems with your pelvis, vagina, and pelvic floor. It’s helpful for detecting problems with bladder function, sexual function, or other issues with your pelvic anatomy. How: You’ll be asked to change into a gown and lie on the exam table. Your outer anatomy (vulva) will be examined for redness, swelling, sores, or other abnormalities. Your provider will insert a speculum (duck-bill-shaped instrument) into your vagina to separate the vaginal walls to visualize … Continue reading

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Mary Cate Eklund, RD, LDN, LMNT

Make Your Goals into Habits

Weight Management

As the glamour of the “new year, new you” starts to fade, don’t give up on the goals you made for yourself. If you feel like you have started to slack on your goals, remember that lifestyle changes are not like fad diets with a start and end date. They take time, consistency, and even failure to be successful. Don’t focus on being perfect and doing everything right each day, focus on showing up and trying. It can take 1-2 months to build a habit, so don’t let those goals fall to the back of the line. Here are some ways to stay mindful of your goals: Make a visible list for yourself Life gets busy and your everyday goals … Continue reading

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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

A Plan for Meal Prepping

Weight Management

Meal prepping can save time, money and energy.  Whether you’re a busy parent, single person or retired – all people can benefit from some form of meal prepping.  Want to spend more time together as a family – meal prepping is for you.  Hate cooking and want to spend less time in the kitchen – meal prepping is for you.  Have new health goals you are trying to achieve – meal prepping is for you.  See a pattern here? Don’t let the idea of meal prepping make you feel like you will spend all Sunday in the kitchen.  That’s not the intent.  It takes a different shape for each person or house hold.  Start small and see where it takes … Continue reading

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Claudia Lanuza

Mental Health in Rural America: Improving Access and Overcoming Taboos

Community Benefit, Mental Health

Mental Illness impacts one in four people in America and has devastating effects on the health and well-being of individuals. People struggling with mental health and substance abuse problems are unable to live full lives and fully function within communities. Many times, individuals don’t receive the care they need because it either isn’t available or it is a seen as “taboo” to seek treatment. CHI Health Schuyler knows this needs to change and that’s why we are working with many partners, through the Colfax County Behavioral Health Coalition, to make a difference in both physical and mental health for all of our community. Access to care is a critical aspect of mental health and Colfax County, like most rural counties … Continue reading

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Jodi Hayes, RN, BC, SANE-A

Sexual/Domestic Trauma: SANE Brings Compassionate Intervention to Those in Crisis

Community Benefit

One in six. That’s how many women in the U.S. are sexually assaulted, according to statistics. In fact, every 98 seconds in the US. there’s another victim of sexual assault, and one in 10 of them are male. How about one in three, and one in four? That’s how many women and men, respectively, are victims of intimate partner violence. What if each and every one had a specially-trained ally in the emergency department or the hospital? That’s the revelation behind CHI Health’s SANE program. SANE stands for sexual assault nurse examiner. These nurses are specially trained in crisis intervention, and provide: Injury detection and treatment Health care pertaining to sexual assaults (sexually transmitted infection screening, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception) … Continue reading

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