North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day is on Thursday, September 22, 2022, and HHM Health is proud to announce that we will be participating in this wonderful event! North Texas Giving Day is a one-day, online event that encourages the citizens of North Texas to give back to their community and support their favorite charitable organization. Early giving opens September 1, allowing additional time to give for those who cannot on September 22, and for those who would like to give a little extra this season. 

For every dollar donated to HHM Health, 74 cents will go directly toward patient care as we raise money to fight health disparities in Dallas. Dallas County is one of the most uninsured counties in the United States of America. Because of this, many refuse to see a doctor as they fear health care expenses and costly examinations. At HHM Health, we believe everyone deserves equal access to health care, which is why our doctors and staff provide affordable health care to the residents of Dallas regardless of race, gender, culture, ethnicity, language, mental or physical disability, or manner of payment. If a patient does not have health insurance, they are seen on a sliding-scale fee. 

Over the last year, HHM Health locations across Dallas have treated 40,000 patients, proving that the need for affordable healthcare is greater now more than ever before! HHM Health has eight locations across Dallas County, which include two family practices, women’s health, two pediatrics, dental, behavioral health, and the Rosewood Vision Center. Currently, HHM Health relies heavily on donations and federal grants. With your donation, HHM Health will be able to help more patients than ever before. We urge you to donate this North Texas Giving Day and to check out fellow charities. At the end of the day, we are all working to make North Texas a better place for its residents. 

At HHM Health, we love doing what we do and giving back to the Dallas County community. We look forward to continuing our operations for years to come. For more information regarding North Texas Giving Day and how you can help provide barrier-free, quality healthcare to those in need, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org/hhmhealth.

Mental Health Services and Interventions Beginning at Age 4

At HHM Health, our pediatric clinic in the Victory Meadow neighborhood is offering mental health services and interventions beginning at age 4. At HHM Health, we believe it is important to address mental health from the first sign of illness or other issues. 

The mental health services offered to children at HHM Health begin with an assessment. Then, our doctors develop a plan to address the goals desired by the child and family. While we offer a variety of services, the plan put together by doctors may include crisis intervention, skill training, development skills, play therapy, counseling, case management and peer services. 

When a child is treated for issues regarding their mental health, there are many benefits. Children diagnosed and treated for mental health issues are more likely to succeed at home and in their community. The benefits of having a child diagnosed and treated for mental health issues include the development of new communication skills, new ways to manage emotions, new ways to relax and create, improved social functions, and more!

Any child with a mental illness must be diagnosed and treated promptly with a team of doctors committed to providing the care they need. At HHM Health, we can offer that care and begin to treat mental health at a child’s fourth birthday. If you believe your child needs to be diagnosed or treated for a mental illness, please contact our office to make an appointment with our pediatric facility

At HHM Health, we strive to further the great communities around us through our work in the medical field. At our medical centers, HHM’s healthcare professionals provide quality healthcare to all their neighbors with love, compassion, and respect. We are fully equipped to handle any situation related to the health of an individual and provide affordable healthcare to all patients in need.

How We Help the Whole Person at HHM Health

At HHM Health, we pride ourselves on our abilities to serve the whole person, no matter the age. Our center is capable of caring for an individual from birth to their elder years. We believe that cohesive healthcare incorporates all parts of the human body, including physical, mental and spiritual care. Our comprehensive services include vision and dental care, mental health, nutrition, pediatrics and more.

Let’s explore how our team helps the whole person, no matter the age, at HHM Health!

Dental Care

Our dental health center is difficult to beat! Our highly-qualified dental clinicians have experience in treating patients of all age groups, including children, teens and adults. We are able to offer annual check-ups, x-rays, root canals and crowns.

Vision Care

Is your prescription out-of-date? Do your eyes struggle to focus? We can help! Our vision care includes annual eye exams, prescriptions and treatment for chronic diseases. We also accept many different types of insurances, so that your vision care can remain accessible.

General Practice

To serve the whole person, we must serve you throughout the year, no matter the season. For example, we provide vaccinations and flu shots. We want to be your go-to for your annual check-ups. Whenever you are feeling unwell, we want to be there for you. 

Mental Health Services

Mental health can often be overlooked in the healthcare world or is strictly separated from physical health. At HHM, that is not the case. Our qualified behavioral health counselors work with our medical staff to assist patients with mental health struggles. Our practice extends a helping hand to individuals with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or other chronic mental health disorders. 

Education

How well do you know your own health? At HHM, we believe that serving the whole person goes beyond the physical. We want to serve you mentally and help you take control of your own health. That is why we offer education and treatment for chronic diseases.

Nutrition

Your physical and mental health begins on the inside. What are you eating and drinking to power your body? Our licensed dietician at HHM aims to promote well-being by using nutrition to empower a healthy lifestyle, control weight gain and manage chronic diseases, such as diabetes. Our team also hosts a monthly Community Fit Club!

Pediatrics

Unlike some other healthcare centers, HHM Health does not specialize in one age group. We aspire to provide healthcare for all individuals, including children. Our pediatric services include annual check-ups, sick visits and immunizations. We are also able to provide treatment of chronic childhood diseases.

As a non-profit community health center, HHM Health provides accessible and high-quality healthcare with compassion and empathy. We serve the Dallas, Texas community, which is also the most uninsured county in the United States of America. If you are a member of the Dallas community and require our services, we encourage you to reach out to our center.

Visit www.hhmhealth.org today to learn more.

What are Important Things to Look for When It Comes to Pediatric Care?

Choosing the right pediatrician is one of the most important decisions you will have to make for your child. A pediatrician will play an important role in your family; as your child grows, they will advise you on medical decisions that are essential for your child’s growth and protecting their health. The right pediatric caregiver will help you and your family ensure that the health of your child is never compromised. You will see this pediatrician frequently, especially through the early years of your child’s life. At HHM Health, we believe the following are the most important qualities to consider when it comes to pediatric care:

Referrals and Research

When preparing to choose a caregiver, be sure to ask your friends, colleagues, family and other trusted individuals for recommendations. It is important to make sure that you can easily and conveniently access the pediatrician you choose. Make sure to look into the office location, available hours and who accepts your health insurance. Some doctors also stop taking new patients after reaching a certain limit, so it is important to research as you look for a pediatric caregiver.

Credentials and Experience

When choosing a caregiver, you want to ensure they are comfortable with evaluating and treating everyone from infants to adolescents. You can typically find the credentials and educational background of each pediatric specialist through reference websites online. Through learning about a pediatric caregiver’s credentials and experience, you gain insight into their practices and learn about the type of caregiver they are.

Up-To-Date Practices

Healthcare practices and treatments are rapidly advancing. That is why it is important to have a healthcare provider who participates in continuing education, as well as is constantly up-to-date with the latest medical practices. It is important to consider this when choosing a pediatric caregiver for your child.

You are on The Same Page

At HHM Health, we advise clients to meet with healthcare providers and ask them questions about their practices before making a final decision. Your pediatrician will be your advisor regarding the health of your child, so being honest regarding your preferences for treatment is important. Just as there are various styles of parenting, there are several approaches to child healthcare. Due to those many different styles, you and your child’s caregiver must be on the same page.

There are many things to consider when choosing a pediatric caregiver for your child, which is why it is key to keep these factors in mind during the process. At HHM Health, we are proud to offer pediatric services! Our pediatricians are professional, up-to-date, and have the credentials to prove it. We hope you consider us when searching for a pediatrician in the Dallas area. We are more than happy to help answer any questions you may have about this important stage in your child’s life!

Why Behavioral Health is Important

When you are sick with a severe ache that leaves you on your couch in pain, you go to the doctor. You take care of yourself and see a medical provider so that you can take steps to feel better. Your mental health is no different. Behavioral health treatment helps people live healthier, happier lives, which is of the utmost importance.

What is Behavioral Health?

Behavioral health deals with how your mind and habits impact your mental and physical health. Your diet, sleeping schedule, drinking habits, exercise and more contribute to your well-being. Someone who struggles with behavioral health may experience depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma, chronic health disorders, addiction or substance abuse problems. These all impact your physical and mental health and should be treated seriously.

Why Seek Treatment?

Behavioral health treatment can significantly improve the quality of your life. It can help you develop healthier coping patterns so that you can handle stressors in a more manageable, beneficial way. Instead of turning to self-destruction, you can find hope in treatment. You and your counselor can work together to develop a treatment plan that works best for you.

Behavioral health treatments can help you live a healthier and happier life. Counselors aim to provide you with the tools necessary to change your negative thoughts and behaviors and replace them with healthier ways of coping with stressful situations. Behavioral health patients who experience depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma and other chronic mental health disorders can find significant relief and a vastly improved life by seeking treatment.

What Can You Expect from Treatment?

Our team of counselors works with our medical staff to help patients who suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma and other chronic mental health disorders. Our counselors work with you to identify negative behaviors and responses to situations and help you to replace those behaviors with positive ones. Positive behavioral health allows you to cope better with stress, live a healthier and happier life and develop overall healthier habits. These new habits can allow you to be more productive, become happier, develop positive life habits like eating and sleeping better and be overall more positive. 

Behavioral health is important for a myriad of reasons. Just like you would take care of your stomach ache when you get sick, you should take care of your mental health and well-being as well. Your behavioral health encompasses all areas of your life and thus, influences your physical well-being. To live a healthier, happier and more productive life, you should pay attention to your behavioral health. 

We value your whole health. Call HHM Health today to book an appointment with one of our trusted counselors to begin your healing journey. HHM Health provides accessible, affordable and compassionate care. HHM Health is a Medical Home providing primary care services and beyond.

Our New Imaging Center

HHM Health is pleased to announce that we are expanding! HHM Health has officially moved into the third floor of the Northwest Community Center. Our expansion includes our brand-new imaging center, a new pharmacy, and a new optometry chair. At HHM Imaging, our doctors are able to diagnose patients quicker and easier than ever before! Included in our new imaging suite is a mammogram machine, an X-ray machine, a bone density scan and a sonogram machine.

At HHM Imaging, we are excited about all of the new technology in our imagine center. The mammogram machine is particularly important as it can help detect breast cancer early. When we can detect cancer early, the cancer is at its most treatable state and treatments are less extensive and risky. Since 1990, mammograms have helped reduce breast cancer in the United States by forty percent. 

Also featured in our new imaging center is a brand new X-ray machine. X-rays are a common imaging test that have been used by physicians for decades. These machines help doctors view the inside of your body without making an incision. This technique is non-invasive and allows doctors to diagnose, monitor and treat a patient’s medical concern. X-rays are primarily used to examine areas where pain and discomfort are prominent, monitor the progression of a diagnosed disease or check how a treatment is working. At HHM Imaging, your doctor will prepare you for an X-ray before it occurs to ensure you know what is happening at all times during the procedure. 

A new bone density scan will also be in use at HHM Imaging’s new center. Bone density scans, also commonly known as DEXA scans, help diagnose bone-related health problems or to assess the risk of you breaking a bone. This scan measures the grams of calcium and other bone minerals packed into a bone segment. The higher your bone mineral content, the denser your bones will be. The density of the bone determines the strength of the bone and the likeness of it breaking. Usually, we test bones in the hip, spine, and forearm. 

Through this expansion, HHM Health will be able to serve the community of Dallas in a more efficient manner as these new tools will allow for a more careful and accurate diagnosis of our patients. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, please contact HHM Health to schedule an appointment with one of experienced physicians. We will work with you and help you get the treatment that you deserve.

Back to School Physicals

While children on summer break are planning their next fun activity, parents are already preparing for the approaching school year. Preparing for the school year requires much more than binders, paper and pencils, as parents must worry about making sure their child has the required back-to-school physical. To perform well and learn all that they can, a child must be healthy, which is why a back-to-school physical is important for all children. 

Requirements and Recommendations

At HHM Health, we highly recommend children receive physical exams every two years. However, in the state of Texas, students entering kindergarten or seventh grade are required to have a certain number of doses per required vaccination. 

Before a child enters kindergarten, the following vaccines and doses are given:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTap): 4 doses
  • Polio: 4 doses
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): 2 doses
  • Hepatitis B: 3 doses
  • Varicella: 2 doses
  • Hepatitis A: 2 doses 

Before a child enters seventh grade, the following vaccinations are given: 

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTap): 1 booster if at least five years have passed since the last dose of DTaP.
  • Meningococcal (MCV4): 1 dose

Sports Physicals

If your child plays a sport at school, a physical is required. These exams are very important for keeping a child healthy, as they screen for heart conditions, anxiety, depression, bone conditions and so much more! Sports physicals allow students time to discuss important matters with their doctors, including concussions and menstrual changes. 

Some schools offer sports clinics that perform physicals for student-athletes. However, HHM Health strongly advises parents to schedule a physical with the child’s primary care provider. Children typically feel more comfortable with their primary care provider as there is a prior relationship, and it allows the primary healthcare provider to update the child’s medical record. 

Physicals should be scheduled in advance to school starting to help guarantee that the date and time are available and convenient to you and your athlete. 

Preparing for the Physical

To prepare for a physical, parents can help their children by discussing the importance of vaccinations before visiting the physician. It is best to remember that every child is different. Some children need time to prepare for vaccines and examinations, while others handle the stress better by simply receiving a talk the morning before the appointment. 

Before bringing your child in for a physical, please check with their school to see if there are additional forms that need to be filled out by your child’s primary healthcare provider. If so, please print them out and bring them with you to your appointment. If you have never visited HHM Health before and are seeing a new provider, we advise bringing copies of past vaccinations, so we can update records. 

If you have visited HHM Health before, please notify us if your family’s medical history, insurance or your child’s medication list has changed. 

As the date of your child’s physical approaches, please write down any questions or concerns that you wish to ask your child’s healthcare provider about their growth, development and health. This allows you and your child to begin the school year with the peace of mind that you need to have success in the upcoming year.

Call or visit our website today to schedule your child’s back-to-school physical!

Community Fit Club

HHM Health is proud to announce that we are officially launching our Community Fit Club on June 30th! This new club is free and is the first of its kind at HHM Health. The Community Fit Club is a one hour health fair and social hour that will cover fun, healthy recipes and fitness tips. Our expert physicians at HHM Health created this program to help the Dallas community commit to a healthier lifestyle.

Each month, our physicians will share a new recipe as well as a new fitness tip. This month our recipe spotlight is almond crackers with hummus. This is a super healthy recipe and is a great on-the-go snack as well! Almond crackers are low in carbs, contain protein, and include healthy fat. Plus, they have amazing benefits as they ensure you receive necessary vitamins. There are so many snacks you can make just by using almond crackers, but, at HHM Health, our physicians highly recommend dipping the crackers in hummus. Hummus is not only delicious, but it is also nutritious. Hummus is high in fiber and protein. With such great benefits, it is no surprise that hummus helps people lose weight, so long as they follow other dietary measures. Almond crackers and hummus are also vegan, so it is a perfect healthy snack for everyone, regardless of dietary restrictions.

This month at HHM Health, our fitness highlight will discuss walking tips that help tone the backs of your arms. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise you can get. There is no equipment required and there are several safe spaces here in Dallas for residents to walk around and get their steps in. Usually walking tends to focus more on the muscles in your legs, but, with help from our expert physicians, you can learn how to target the backs of your arms as well, furthering weight loss.

The Community Fit Club begins Thursday, June 30, 2022 and lasts from 12 pm to 1 pm at 5750 Pineland Drive. If you are unable to make it, HHM Health will be live streaming the event on Facebook. We can’t wait to see you there and hope to continue hosting events like this!

At HHM Health, we strive to further the great city of Dallas through our work in the medical field.  Our expert physicians are able to handle any situation relating to the health of a patient, while also providing affordable health care to patients in need. We offer services that include family practice, women’s health, pediatrics, dental, vision, behavioral health, and even nutrition. If you need it, we provide it! HHM Health values compassion, advocacy, respect, excellence, and servant’s hearts, demonstrating how much we truly care. HHM Health is constantly training our healthcare professionals to ensure they use the newest medical practices. As the city of Dallas continues to grow, we hope to open more centers around the Dallas area to continue to serve the community and those living in it!

The Baby Formula Shortage, Explained

Senior citizens and babies are perceived as the most vulnerable members of society. Babies and their families are currently facing significant challenges with the baby formula shortage. In Dallas, Texas, and across the nation, parents are now left scrambling as formula products fly off the shelves. This is a frightening time, and we understand that.

At HHM Health, we hope that this blog offers insight, advice, and potential solutions and resources for parents of newborns and babies.

Why is there a shortage in the first place?

Abbott Nutrition’s Michigan plant paused production of baby formula after two infants’ deaths and a product recall. Only four companies produce approximately 87-90% of America’s baby formula, and Abbott Nutrition produced almost half of that vital percentage. The Michigan location is also the nation’s largest baby formula manufacturing plant.

There are other causes for the shortage as well, such as strict import regulations and the uncertainty of shipping dairy-based products overseas. Also, unfortunately, WIC only allows one manufacturer per state.

What about breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is not an automatic fix, because breastfeeding is not a feasible option for everyone. Breastfeeding is a luxury in itself. Not every person can produce milk or enough milk. Others may not be able to breastfeed at all. Some babies require formula for health or dietary reasons.

Ultimately, the baby formula shortage should not be shrugged off as a minor issue. It severely impacts anyone with a baby.

So, what can I do about this?

There is a silver lining: Abbott and the FDA plan to safely reopen the Michigan plant in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, there are resources available for individuals and families alike.

What are the resources available for me and my family?

As you and your loved ones wait for the shortage to end, there are resources available. However, we always recommend that you call your baby’s provider for a consultation. Your provider will be able to point you in the right direction while navigating this uncertain time.

Other resources, besides your healthcare provider, include:

  • Calling your local food bank to see if baby formula is available
  • Calling your local WIC office for assistance (if your family is eligible)
  • Calling your pediatrician to see if in-office formula samples are available
  • Visiting smaller stores and drugstores to see if they have better stock
  • Shopping for baby formula online if possible

HHM Health is a non-profit community health center that provides compassionate and accessible quality healthcare. Our trusted team of providers offer a variety of obstetric and gynecological services, including high-quality prenatal care and pregnancy group sessions. Visit www.hhmhealth.org or call (214) 221-0855 to learn more about how we can help you.

Vaccines Offered at HHM Health

At HHM Health, we are proud to offer and distribute vaccines to the people of Dallas County. Vaccines are effective when reducing the risk of infection and disease. Any vaccine is an achievement. During one’s lifetime, certain vaccines are required to participate in activities or to prevent harmful diseases. At HHM Health, we have an array of vaccines, but here are some of the most commonly distributed vaccinations: 

Polio

Because polio plagued the world in the early 20th century, the vaccine was well received by the public. Determined to protect their children from the disability polio often left behind, the vaccine became widely accepted and is now considered one of the most common vaccines in the world. 

Polio mainly affects children younger than 5. However, anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated is at risk of developing the disease. Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious virus that spreads through contact with someone carrying the infection. In some cases, polio leads to paralysis, which may be permanent depending on several factors. 

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions recommends that children receive four doses of the polio vaccine beginning at two months old. Without a vaccine, children are not allowed to attend public school.

Polio has not been reported in the United States since 1979 and cases around the world decrease yearly. 

MMR

The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine protects against diseases that causes fever, brain damage, birth defects and more. Today, children receive two doses of the MMR vaccine, which is proven to be highly effective against these diseases. 

Measles is a contagious respiratory virus that has potential to cause hospitalization and spreads rapidly. Measles has been known to lead to pneumonia and the swelling of the brain and death in some cases. 

Mumps is a contagious and infectious viral disease-causing swelling of the parotid salivary glands in the face, and a risk for sterility in adult males. 

Rubella is a contagious viral disease, with symptoms like mild measles. It can cause feta malformation if contracted in early pregnancy.

The MMR vaccine became available to the public in 1963, which during the time was facing 3.5 million cases of measles annually. Because majority of the public in the U.S. got their MMR vaccine, there were only 1,282 cases of measles in the U.S. 

Tdap

The Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine protects those diseases caused by bacteria and have potential to be dangerous. 

Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, has the potential to be life threatening for babies. Until babies are old enough to get the vaccine, infants are relying on those around them to be vaccinated against whooping cough. 

During each pregnancy, women need to receive the Tdap vaccine to help protect their child. 

Before the Tdap vaccine was developed, about 9,000 died of whooping cough per year in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, deaths of whooping cough are now few and far between. 

HPV

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is a newer vaccine, becoming available in 2006. 

HPV is the most transmitted sexual disease in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 43 million people were infected with HPV in 2018, many among people in their late teens and early 20s. This virus has many strains with some of them even linked to cancer. In fact, the HPV vaccine has led to a 29% decrease in cervical cancer, providing the closest thing to a cure for cancer. This vaccine is given in two to three doses to preteens and adults through 26 years old. By getting this vaccine at a young age, before sexual contact, the vaccine is more effective as it spreads throughout the body. 

COVID-19

The COVID-19 vaccine is the most recent vaccine added into the medical field and has become the most received vaccine in recent months. Currently, how old you are and if you’re eligible for the vaccine depends on the brand. Most patients receive at least two doses of the vaccine. Scientists have found that the COVID-19 vaccine reduces the number of cases, and have strongly encouraged the public to take the vaccine. 

At HHM Health, we are proud to offer these vaccines and more to the people of Dallas. If you need a vaccination, please contact our office to set up an appointment.