Committed to Improving Health Outcomes
Helping Empower Residents Overcome barriers to healthy outcomes
Where Does He Hide?
This “Villain” created by John Randall of Signman Designs represents processed sugar. You may have seen him on a t-shirt around Yuma County. Processer refined sugar can sneak into your diet without you even knowing. It you’re diabetes or suffer precursors, he can wreak havoc on your health. Learn the impacts of processed sugar, how to make healthier food choices, and how to counter diabetes and pre- diabetes and you can be your own hero every day!
Sugar by other names:
- Corn syrup
- High fructose
Through support of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Sunset Community Health Center (Sunset) is now offering behavioral health services to help patients 18 years and older improve their health outcomes.
Integration of behavioral health services is taking place through a special project entitled HERO, Helping Empower Residents Overcome barriers to healthy outcomes. HERO is designed to close the gap for patients who suffer from Type 2 Diabetes; Hypertension; High LDL (Cholesterol); Obesity/Not in healthy BMI range; and/or, Depression. The project allows the new service to be an additional resource to help raise awareness of the disease and build skills among diabetic and pre-diabetic adult patients who continue to suffer poor health outcomes. The option to participate, and in essence become your own hero, is available to all adult patients who would like to sit down with a behavioral health team member and develop a plan to improve health outcomes through attainable short-term goals. The new service enhances Sunset’s patient-centric approach to care. The patient, a behavioral health team member, and their primary care physician work in tandem, transforming current habits and barriers that contribute to poor health outcomes, into realistic, manageable steps toward healthier lifestyle choices. Treatment plans are tailored to the individual patient.
General mental health, substance abuse and integrated behavioral health services, including:
- Short-term psychotherapy
- Brief interventions
- Psych education
- Chronic disease and health management through behavioral change planning
- Specialty health referrals and care coordination
Health education is a primary component of HERO. Type 2 Diabetes is not a disease anyone is destined to have. Type 2 Diabetes is not the diabetes that results from pancreatic failure. Type 2 Diabetes is a direct result of lifestyle. This means, it is a direct result of the kinds of foods one eats, how active one is, and how one responds to stress and tension. Learning how to take better care of our health is essential to good quality of life for ourselves, and those for whom we set an example, such as our children.
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in America. An additional 86 million people are pre-diabetic and are anticipated to develop Type 2 Diabetes within 5 years. The cost of this unnecessary condition is astronomical. A reported $322 billion dollars is spent on diabetes care annually and by 2020, the annual cost is predicted to be over $500 billion dollars. Arizona is no exception, and Type 2 Diabetes and pre-diabetes continue as the number one health concern in Yuma County, and at Sunset Community Health Center. Together, through increased awareness, health education, and attainable steps, this detriment to our nation can be eliminated.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight and obesity, are the primary precursors to diabetes. If you have any of these health conditions, consider them “red flags” indicating you need to pay attention to what you’re putting in your body, how much physical activity you engage in, and what factors impact your ability to focus on your health. You CAN reverse the process toward Type 2 Diabetes and Sunset Community Health Center can assist you in overcoming barriers to a healthier life, so you can be your own HERO!
Clinical Behavioral Health services currently offered at Sunset Community Health Center are only available for patients 18 years and older. However, for younger patients, Sunset’s Behavioral Health team will work with patients and their families to assist with care coordination, community resources, referrals, and case management to ensure our patients can access the services they need. Sunset Community Health Center is committed to ensuring access to these important services for all of our patients.