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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