SCHC Closed for Labor Day
Sunshine Community Health Centers in Talkeetna and Willow will be CLOSED for Labor Day, Monday, September 1st and will RE-OPEN Tuesday, September 2nd. If you will possibly need a medication refilled during this time, please let the pharmacy know as soon as possible. In case of emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency facility. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you!
Do you need help with Rent or Utilities?
We may be able to help you. If you qualify we can help with utility shut-offs, eviction prevention and first month’s rent. Goals include Homeless Prevention Services: Actions taken to prevent persons who are in imminent danger of becoming homeless from losing their permanent residence. This may include payment of past due rent or mortgage; payment of delinquent heating fuel or electric/gas utility bills. In most situations deposits are not funded. Housing Permanent Placement Services: Actions taken to assist homeless persons to obtain permanent housing by helping with first month's rent. Please contact Valley Charities, Inc. 354-4660.
Hospice Volunteer Training
If you are interested in ‘Hospice Volunteer Training’, please contact Anna Jolley RN, Care Coordinator, 733-9208. Please leave a message with your interest in ‘Hospice Volunteer Training’, name, number, community name. Hospice Volunteers provide comfort and companionship to patients who are terminally ill or dying, and provide respite care for their primary caregivers by spending 1-4 hours a week visiting with a patient. If we can get 5-6 people interested, we will have a fall training class in the in either Talkeetna or Willow, hosted by Mat Su Home Health and Hospice.
The Dementias: Knowing the Difference Can Make the Difference
It is widely understood that Alzheimer’s disease is one type of progressive dementia, but what are the “related dementias?” What makes them different, and in what ways are thy alike? Join us for the detailed discussion of the six most commonly identified dementias.
This class will cover the basic understanding of types of dementia. Melinda Gurney of Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska will come up to the Talkeetna Sunshine Clinic on September 30th from 1-2:30 p.m. to lead this no-cost class. Please call to get your name on the attending list, space is limited. Contact Anna Jolley RN, 733-9208, and leave a message with your name and contact number. Melinda is also available for individual and family consults on dementia related issues 746-3416.
New SCHC Fee Schedule and Cash Discount
Effective July 1st, SCHC fee schedule will be adjusted and the nominal payment for Slide A visits will be:
New Nominal Fees
Office Visit $25
New cash discount of $10 will be offered for payment of office visit at time of service. Please contact clinic for further details.
Summer Swim Safety
Swimming is a great way for the whole family to have fun and get active this summer. Follow the tips listed below to stay safe in and around the water and make sure to share this information your friends and family.
Make sure an adult is watching any time children are near or in the water.
For swim safety, use life jackets, not floating toys.
Watch out for rip currents that might pull you away from shore.
Swim near a lifeguard. Never swim alone.
Get out of the water if you hear thunder or see lightning.
Follow these tips and learn more at http://www.healthfinder.gov/.
August SCHC Board of Directors meeting
The August SCHC Board of Directors meeting will be at the Talkeetna Clinic on Tuesday, August 26th beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line offers enhanced tools for smokers
New mobile and online apps offer extra help to those who want to quit
Two-thirds of Alaska adults who currently smoke say they want to quit. The state Department of Health and Social Services is now offering additional support to help them. Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line has enhanced the free tools it offers to provide even greater support to help tobacco users successfully quit for good.
SCHC begin summer hours in Talkeetna only
Summer hours for SCHC in Talkeetna only, begin Saturday, May 17th. The hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Please note, this is only for the medical clinic.
Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.
SCHC is proud to participate in Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. During the month of May. Join us in taking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage/
• Free concerts all summer starting Memorial Day weekend, Live at Five, Friday evenings from 5-7 pm.
• Long in Talkeetna Village Park.
• Summers in Alaska are beautiful. Remember to protect yourself.
Take simple steps today to protect your skin:
• Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
• Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
• Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
• Check your skin once a month for changes.
Springtime major depression
Springtime - A somewhat surprising fact that the highest rate of suicide occurs at this time of year as opposed to the middle of winter. For people who have major depression there is an expectation that they may experience an increase in the level of depression in the winter, as is common with many people, whether or not they have a diagnosis of depression. Most people begin to perk up as the daylight increases and spring arrives, but for some with major depression this is very difficult because their level of depression does not change. It can lead to feelings of hopelessness and despair and an increase in suicidal ideation. There are a number of additional factors that contribute to this and below are some links to a few articles to learn more on this topic.
If you are concerned about someone else's drinking, offer to help. In Talkeetna, Alcoholics Anonymous Group (AA) meetings are Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Talkeetna Library and Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Montana Creek Baptist Church. For information concerning Talkeetna meetings, call 907-733-6660. In Willow, Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and the third Friday of each month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Willow Methodist Church. For information concerning Willow meetings, call 841-2141 or call SCHC at 733-2273. We're here to help you and your loved ones.
Our After-Hours Policy Statement
The following statement represents current Sunshine Community Health Center practices:
There has been some confusion recently about the after-hours services provided by Sunshine Clinic which we would like to clarify. Due to limited staff resources and concerns about liability, at this time Sunshine is providing after-hours contact with providers for triage and treatment recommendations limited to telephone contact only. Options are being explored which may allow this practice to change at some future point.
Adult Protective Services
Report any concern about an adult who is vulnerable to abuse or exploitation. Call 907-269-3666 (main number) or 800-478-9996 (in state).Mat-Su Health Foundation
Is Mat-Su Healthy? How can we make it the healthiest place in the country? Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) worked in association with other organizations to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment to identify the major health needs of Mat-Su residents and work with the community to prioritize and address those needs. Learn more »
Find Sunshine Transit in Talkeetna and the Upper Susitna Valley at http://www.sunshinetransit.org/
Sunshine Community Health Center offers accessible, proactive, quality health care regardless of an ability to pay.
Hours of operation
SUMMER HOURS OF OPERATION
Talkeetna Medical Clinic
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Talkeetna Dental Clinic
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Willow Medical Clinic
Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 5pm