Through heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of surviving breast cancer than ever before, according to Susan G. Komen Great Plains. In fact, better detection through screenings and better treatment options have reduced the mortality from breast cancer in the United States 39 percent from 1989 through 2015, said Karen Daneu, Chief Executive Officer, Komen Great Plains.
Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP) offers free HIV testing at its offices in Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney; in its Scottsbluff and Norfolk offices, testing is referred out to hospitals. Chlamydia and gonorrhea testing is also available as a $10 service. “Testing is super important because not everybody thinks about HIV as a thing anymore. In Omaha, there are high chlamydia and gonorrhea rates. Lancaster County is experiencing a very, very high chlamydia rate, especially with those who are under 24,” said Lacie Tewes, Prevention & Support Services Supervisor, Nebraska AIDS Project.
Navigating a chronic disease, especially a rare one, can be difficult, as there are often many choices that must be made when it comes to treatments, therapy options, medical guidance, education and more. But thanks to funding provided by Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) donors, families can receive crucial support from a care center that specifically works with their condition, giving them access to support in a variety of areas and helping them make decisions.
Did you know that military veterans are more likely to be diagnosed with ALS? Because of dollars given to the ALS Association Mid-America Chapter through Community Health Charities of Nebraska, veterans who have been diagnosed with ALS and their families have access to the support they need. Here’s how.
Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) has announced the 2017-2018 Partnership Campaign for Health Chair for the West Central Nebraska region. Roxann Holliday, Hastings College, will lead efforts to achieve this year’s regional goal of raising $165,000 for 22 health charities through the donor-focused nonprofit organization, said Kari Hooker-Leep, CHC-NE Regional Director.
Arthritis Foundation Nebraska, one of CHC-NE's 22 member charities, is hosting its annual Walk to Cure Arthritis on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The event will be at the Pavilion at Mahoney State Park starting at 8:30.
Last year's record-breaking crowd of 340 participants and 50 volunteers meant that the event has outgrown Schramm Park, which is why the event was moved to Mahoney State Park. The event honorees this year are:
- Kathryn Wildy, MD., from Rheumatology Consultants, Medical Honoree
- Cathy Pietrick from Omaha, Adult Honoree
- Alexis Bach from Emerson, NE, Youth Honoree.
Schneider Electric/DTN/The Progressive Farmer is the presenting sponsor. Other sponsors are Home Instead Senior Care, Westroads Rheumatology, Ortho West/Rheumatology Consultants, Fremont Health, Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Service from Lincoln, Lincoln Federal Savings, GIKK Ortho Specialists, CHIHealth Orthopedics and Sandhills Publishing.
If you would like to participate, go to www.walktocurearthritis.org/nebraska. Money raised will go towards research to find a cure, JA activities and events and community resources.
Everyone knows to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, but those affected by cerebral palsy will also be wearing green and raising awareness on March 25 for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.
Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive disorder of the motor control areas of the developing brain. It is caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain. About 764,000 children and adults currently have cerebral palsy, and about 10,000 babies born each year will develop cerebral palsy.