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How Behavioral Health Fits In With Medical Home

Our promise at Affinity Medical Home is to treat the “whole” person. This is done by providing holistic treatment that addresses ALL aspects of our patients’ health in a manner that positively supports our patients and helps to identify barriers that get in the way of effectively managing their chronic illnesses.

Our mental health has a direct effect on our physical health. If this a new concept for you, look in the mirror and ask yourself: Is my head separate from my body or is it directly attached? The point I’m making is that both our mental and physical health concerns needs to be evaluated and treated simultaneously, even though they’ve been viewed and treated as separate issues for decades. There also has been (and continues to be) stigma surrounding the presence of mental health issues, which discourages many people from accessing treatment. Continue Reading »

How medical home helps manage chronic conditions

Having trouble keeping your chronic condition in check? Ask your RN specialist for help.

 

For many of us, living with a chronic condition such as asthma, depression, high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure is just a fact of life.  Some of these diseases have lots of symptoms, and with others, we are only aware of what our doctor is telling us.  Each of these conditions can be hard to live with, or feel overwhelming, but they all are conditions that can be controlled – when you have the right information.

It’s important to know that there is help and you can get better control.  An important person in your medical home health care team is your RN specialist. As an RN specialist, it’s my job to help you learn what you need to know in order to control your chronic condition.  I can help you live a better life. Continue Reading »

Why you should care if your waistline is increasing: The dangers of metabolic syndrome

Death from coronary heart disease (heart attack) is still the number one cause of death in this country. One of the major risk factors is diabetes and this has been labeled the new epidemic, as by 2025 one in three Americans will have this disease if current trends do not change.

Many people have a combination of problems that put them at an extremely high risk of both diabetes and coronary disease and may not even be aware of it. This combination is known as the metabolic syndrome. Continue Reading »

Welcome to the Affinity Medical Group blog

Welcome to our blog where you’ll find information on health topics, features on our doctors and providers, and stories about patients just like you.

We developed this blog with our patients in mind and want to provide information that is relevant to you and your family. We want this blog to be a dialogue between our providers and our patients, so please give us your feedback. We want to know what topics you want to learn more about – are you wondering what options there are for managing your diabetes or what treatments there are for headaches? Let us know what you’d like to learn more about by commenting on this post. Continue Reading »

The various roles of medical home

Who do you picture when you think of visiting your primary care provider?  I’d guess most of us key in on our physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.  We refer to these professionals as primary care providers, or PCPs.  While it’s true that your PCP is the leader of your medical home care team, she or he is only one of many highly trained team members who must work seamlessly to ensure the level of personalized care that you expect and deserve.

Your Affinity Medical Home has been busy re-engineering your care team with new roles and even new types of providers who work together with you to manage your health.  One of our guiding principles is to align roles so that everyone is working at the top of their license or skill set.  We want the right people working with you at all times. Continue Reading »

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