Preventing the Flu
Why Pre-Existing Conditions Matter
The flu feels familiar, doesn't it? It comes around every year, mainly in the winter. Most of us have had it at least once in our lives. And every year, we get the same admonition to get a flu shot. It all seems pretty routine.
But it isn't, really. More than 30,000 Americans were hospitalized for the illness during the 2017-18 flu season. And because flu strains mutate and evolve, there's no guarantee that healthy people won't catch it.
Housing and Health
Conversations about health care and health policy are, unsurprisingly, characterized by divisions common to the current political climate. But one area of common ground is care for those with pre-existing conditions.
Tennessee's Cancer Report Card
When you think about the factors that control health and wellness, you might think about diet, exercise or vaccinations. But do you think about housing? On this episode of HealthConnections, we explore the ways housing – or the lack thereof – affects the health of individuals and their communities.
What's Next for Navigators?
The American Cancer Society's "How Do You Measure Up?" report measures each of the fifty states in nine areas considered important for cancer treatment and prevention. This year, Tennessee recieved below-average marks.
Together Healthy Knox
Navigators help uninsured Tennesseans choose health coverage on the individual marketplace. The federal government plans to cut funding for that program for the second year in a row. The Trump Administration argues the program has been successful, and fewer people need the help. Health insurance advocates say it's too soon to consider navigators obsolete.
HealthConnections: Questions About Medicare
In this edition of HealthConnections, Community Health Council chair Lara Fleming and Knox County Health Department's Erin Read stop by to tell Dr. Carole Myers about the upcoming community health assessment, what they plan to study for the next assessment, due in 2019, and the council’s work.
HealthConnections: Questions About the ACA and Medicaid
Two weeks ago, we explored questions about the present and future of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. In this edition of HealthConnections, we continue the conversation with a focus on Medicare.
In the past year Republicans on Capitol Hill have tried three times to repeal, replace or repair the Affordable Care Act. The issue has largely dropped off the front page, and doesn’t get as much public attention as it did last year. But proposals that would affect the ACA and Medicaid haven’t gone away.