Dear Arkansas Valley Communities: With the closing of one of the longest operating private healthcare facilities in the Arkansas Valley, Loma Vista Medical Center, many will soon need to find a new Primary Care Provider and Medical Home. As a Community Health Center, Valley-Wide Health Systems provides services to all community members, not just to
Health Tip of the Month Archives
If you recently had an appointment with a Valley-Wide Health Systems provider, you were likely offered a free HIV test. Currently, Valley-Wide is offering this free and voluntary test annually to any established Valley-Wide patient ages 15-64. This test is also offered more frequently to those patients who are at higher risk of getting HIV.
How can you know if you have influenza? Common symptoms of influenza are fever, headache, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, and a runny nose. Your healthcare provider can swab your nose to detect influenza. Sometimes this may not be needed if you have classic symptoms during flu season. What is Influenza? Influenza is a virus
Valley-Wide Health Systems (Valley-Wide) wants everyone to receive the health care they need and deserve. In addition to our clinics, Valley-Wide has an outreach team that provides health screenings and information about financial assistance programs and services in many local communities including those in agriculture. Barriers that sometimes prevent people from getting the care they
Breast cancer is a frightening but treatable cancer. It is important to detect it early so that it can be cured and/or treated in the least invasive way possible. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and the leading cause of cancer death in women. Mammograms are the single thing most likely to
Chronic diseases such as diabetes can present a lot of difficulties for individuals. They need to worry about controlling their sugar, taking their medications, keeping their appointments, watching their diet, and the list goes on and on. However, one thing we don’t often talk about is literally right under our diabetic patients’ noses: their gums!
What is dementia and how is it related to Alzheimer’s disease? Dementia is loss of brain function resulting in memory problems. There are multiple brain disorders that cause dementia, but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause. Alzheimer’s disease is progressive and affected individuals lose their memory and have other cognitive impairments. What is your
As soon-to-be-moms whether to breastfeed is one of the first big decisions we make for our baby. We know that breastfeeding is preferred and recommended by health professionals. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months and then breastfeeding with complementary foods being introduced for up to one year or longer.
Pregnancy is an exciting and sometimes nerve-racking time for many women and their partners. The average pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks after the beginning of the last menstrual period. It takes a lot of work and energy to grow the microscopic group of cells to a full-sized baby. Here are some helpful tips for a
Why is it important to take care of our children’s teeth? Kids need healthy teeth to eat, especially crunchy foods like vegetables. Cavities are painful and our children may not be able to explain what’s bothering them. It’s important to keep the primary teeth healthy as place holders for secondary teeth. And a bright white