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Quitting smoking is one of the most important decisions a person can make for their health. A strong support system and a positive mindset, even in the midst of failure, are essential to successfully quitting. When providers go out of their way to recommend resources and be a part of the patient’s journey to quit smoking, research shows the patient is more likely to stay off nicotine once they quit. The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have excellent resources providers can use to give patients extra support on their way to quitting.

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Social determinants of health (SDOH) correlate directly with an individual's overall health. Primary care providers (PCPs) and hospitals help patients meet their basic health care needs, but what if a patient has other needs beyond health care, like homelessness? Luckily, there are interventions and strategies health care providers and hospitals can use to direct patients to the proper services to meet their social needs.

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The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) has set aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD). NRHD showcases the efforts of health care organizations like AFMC, which are devoted to addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and the unique challenges rural citizens face. This blog discusses the importance of supporting our rural communities and ways providers and community members can celebrate NRHD.

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While cancer affects people of various ages, races, ethnicities and sexes, it does not affect them equally. Differences in genetics, hormones, environmental exposures (social determinants of health), and many other factors can lead to differences in risk and death rates among various populations. The most common risks for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. However, there are other factors that, depending on your race or ethnicity, could also put some women at greater risk than others.

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The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved over-the-counter hearing aids, much like reading glasses, that you can pick up at your local Walmart or Walgreens sometime in the near future. What do over-the-counter hearing aids (OTCs) mean for the general public? How will you know which one is best for you? Dr. Mary Chatelain from Pinnacle Hearing recently went on AFMC TV to discuss this news and what it means for people.

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The U.S. has made great progress in breast cancer screening, early detection and treatment, lowering the death rate from breast cancer significantly. However, in rural states like Arkansas, many women still struggle to have their needs met due to financial, informational and transportation barriers that restrict their access to screening. This blog provides information about the resources that providers can use to educate patients on cheaper, more convenient ways to get screened.

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