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Asthma 411 Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to our awesome Asthma411 art contest winners!

This year’s theme was Healthy Earth, Health Lungs.

Title: Bloom

Author: Mya Mendez

Inspiration: My inspiration was how the pollen in flowers causes allergies and how that can affect a person with asthma, but modern medicine allows those people to still be able to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Title: Give Out Good, Breathe In Good

Author: Dominique Sennet

Inspiration: I was inspired by whimsical art pieces that I’ve seen on social media. The fluidity of the pieces reminded me of how refreshing it feels to have the ability to breathe in fresh air and live in a clean environment, so I wanted to portray it in an art piece.

Asthma411 Social Media Contest

Asthma 411 will be running a social media giveaway contest through May 27.

It’s easy to enter:
1. Follow us on Facebook AND Instagram: @Asthma411
2. Comment “followed” on the pinned post.
We will then randomly select a lucky winner to receive an Asthma 411 swag bag and t-shirt.

Help us continue to help children breathe better!

Prize Basket:

SaferCare Texas May Events

SaferCare Texas works to improve patient safety. This May we are promoting to very important initiatives;  Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and National Nurses Week.

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. 6.1 million children are affected by asthma. To bring awareness to this month, SaferCare Texas will be hosting a number of activities. Check out more in the flyer below:

National Nurses Week Week celebrates the amazing, challenging, and sometimes heart-breaking contributions nurses make to the medical world

Check out what events are going on in the month of May below:

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National Nurses Week 2022

National Nurses Week is dedicated to celebrating the amazing, challenging, and sometimes heart-breaking contributions nurses make to the medical world. Nurses are pinnacle to delivering medical care, from assisting with delivering babies to life-threatening emergency room crises to ensuring that every patient receives the direct and proper care they need. National Nurses Week starts each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Today, professional nurses work in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, Academic Medical Centers, and community organizations. National Nurses Week celebrates the hard work nurses endure every day as they care for their patients. This month’s theme is “Nurses Make a Difference.”

Nurses make a difference as trusted advocates of patients. Nurses make a difference by helping to shape medical care. Nurses make a difference by educating, innovating, and advocating for the health and well-being of their communities.

Becoming a nurse requires four years of study, hard work, and dedication. However, burnout in this profession is a real issue characterized by mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion. Some of the reasons for burnout include long work hours, staff shortages, and a stressful work environment. Nurses have sacrificed so much, especially during the pandemic.

Celebrating National Nurses Week allows the community to understand and appreciate the incredible work nurses do. They are an essential part of the medical world. This is why, during National Nurses Week, SaferCare Texas chooses to recognize nurses worldwide for their incredible work in their community.

Throughout the week, SaferCare Texas celebrates nurses through:

  • May 6, National Nurses Day: Join SaferCare Texas live on Facebook @2pm as Director John Sims speaks about just culture
  • May 10: SaferCare Texas will be releasing a video of our nurses as they answer questions about their professional experience and their assessment of where the profession is going
  • May 11, National School Nurse Day: SaferCare Texas will be introducing a brand-new initiative to celebrate health heroes in our community. Asthma411 Health Heroes is a collaboration between SaferCare Texas, Cook Children’s, and JPS Acclaim.

National Nurses Week Appreciation Video

Healthy Food Plants the Seed for Health Equity

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People who live in food deserts that have low income and no transportation are particularly affected by numerous social determinant barriers to good health.1 Children who grow up eating unhealthy food may experience long-term impact on their food preferences and health later in life.2 Limited opportunity to learn good health practices – low health literacy – perpetuates poor health and poverty causing a vicious cycle that starts with each generation of children. In fact, food insecurity is linked to health disparities in children including: 

  1. Fair or poor health, 
  2. Iron deficiency, 
  3. Lower cognitive performance, 
  4. Behavioral issues, 
  5. Parental mental health issues, 
  6. Asthma, 
  7. Depression, anxiety & suicidal thoughts and 
  8. Poor dental health.3

For all populations, good health and nutrition are important for prevention and management of chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Proper nutrition is one aspect of preventing obesity, which is a major health risk globally and in the United States.4 While the importance of good nutrition is well understood by healthcare providers, putting nutrition recommendations into practice can be difficult for many families challenged by food insecurity and low health literacy.

When we consider Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, it becomes clear that meeting basic physiological needs such as hunger can help communities progress towards health equity by reaching higher hierarchal levels of social and civic activities needed to change social infrastructure. These changes are important to the equitable future of children as healthy lifestyles and disease prevention should start early in life.

Improving health literacy among other social determinants of health can help with resolving health disparities such as observed with Covid-19.5 To decrease health disparities and thus, impact health equity, focus placed on resolutions to social determinant issues will plant the seeds that grow into an equitable future:

  1. Multi-faceted interventions to address social infrastructure;
  2. Increased self-efficacy by empowering people to navigate the current healthcare system and make healthy decisions; and
  3. Health and nutrition literacy policy strategies to overcome the complex phenomena of social determinants and empower people to eat healthy and reduce disease risk among populations.1

The seeds that resolve food insecurity can also resolve health disparities nourishing equal health opportunities for all communities and combatting future public health disparities experienced in Covid-19.5

 

Author: Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD, CPPS, CHWI, DipACLM, CHWC 

References

1Healthy People 2030. Social Determinants of Health. https://health.gov/healthypeople/objectives-and-data/social-determinants-health

 

2Walker, Renee E., Jason Block, and Ichiro Kawachi. (2012). Do Residents Of Food Deserts Express Different Food Buying Preferences Compared To Residents Of Food Oases? A Mixed-Methods Analysis. International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 9(1), 41-53.

 

3Gundersen, C. & Ziliak, J.P. (2015). Food Security and Health Disparities in Children. Health Affairs, 34(11), 1830–1839.

 

4Healthy People 2030. Leading Health Indicators.

https://health.gov/healthypeople/objectives-and-data/leading-health-indicators

 

5Abrams, E. & Szefler, S. (2020). COVID-19 and the impact of social determinants of health. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213260020302344