Boundary Setting 101

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by Dr. Chelsea Graziano, Assistant Director of Case Management Boundaries are limits that we set for our interactions with others. They are essentially the rules that we use for navigating through our relationships. Our boundaries help us to draw the line that expresses to others what is permissible and what is not permissible in our relationships. Boundaries include ideas such as parameters for physical touch, verbal communication, and utilization of resources (including physical resources such as personal items, food, or money as well as more abstract resources such as time or space). Specific examples may include whether or not you like to hold hands in public, how much time you or a partner spend on social media, name calling in arguments, sharing or not sharing passwords with a partner, loaning…
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National Rural Health Day

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November 19th is the 10th annual National Rural Health Day! Each year this day is celebrated on the third Thursday in November with events and outreach organized by the National Organization of States Offices of Rural Health, all 50 State Offices of Rural Health, and many partners, sponsors and stakeholders in rural communities. According to the Census Bureau, rural areas are defined simply as being “not in an urban area,” or, more specifically, having a population less than 2,500 people. In the United States, over 60 million people (nearly 1 in 5 Americans) live and work in a rural area. This presents patients with unique healthcare needs that wouldn’t be as obvious in a more urban setting. Rural areas have greater numbers of un- and underinsured patients, and a larger…
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What Qualities to Look for in a Life Partner, Pt. I

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By Tracy Fromm, Mental Health Counselor for Caring Communities Love relationships are a challenge for everyone. Human beings innately have a need for love, to be cared for and to experience affection and sex. When we see couples who are together and they look happy, we sometimes have feelings of envy or sadness and desire that for ourselves. However, no intimate relationship is trouble-free. The initial attraction to someone is alluring, but as time goes on, we begin to experience our significant other in a new light and discover traits/behaviors that can certainly be surprising.  For example, we may find, after three months of dating, anger issues which were initially hidden or overlooked.  We may also begin to notice our new “love” is more than just a social drinker if…
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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

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Each October 15th, the Latino Commission on AIDS organizes the observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). NLAAD is a way to highlight the disproportionate impact HIV has on Hispanic and Latino communities. NLAAD was founded in 2003 as a joint effort between the Latino Commission on AIDS and Hispanic Federation as a response to the impact of HIV/AIDS on the Hispanic/Latino communities in the US.  Their goal is to draw attention to the critical role of HIV testing and prevention education as a way of stopping the spread of HIV among the Hispanic and Latino communities. HIV is still a prominent issue in this community. By the end of 2016, an estimated 254,600 Latinos had HIV. For every 100 Latinos with HIV, just over half (51%) were virally…
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Timothy Brown, “the Berlin Patient,” Dies at 54

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Timothy Brown, known as “the Berlin patient,” was the first person in the world known to be cured of HIV infection. He passed away at age 54 at his home in Palm Springs, California on September 29th, 2020. Brown was diagnosed with HIV in 1995 while working in Berlin, Germany. Later, in 2007, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a blood cancer usually treated with blood marrow transplants. Brown’s physician at the time, Dr. Gero Hütter, wanted to try a transplant using a donor with a rare genetic mutation that gives a natural resistance to HIV, hoping to cure both the leukemia and HIV infection together. After his first transplant, Brown’s HIV infection seemed to be gone, but his leukemia remained. After a second transplant from the same donor,…
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