Akron Community Health Resources is bringing its medical, dental and other services to Barberton.
The sliding-scale practice plans to open an office in Barberton after recently receiving $375,960 in federal funds to support the expansion, Akron Community Health Resources (ACHR) Chief Executive Kristine Drummond said this week.
The new location will open in a retail plaza near the Giant Eagle grocery story on Fifth Avenue by Dec. 1, she said.
“This is our goal — to expand into those areas that need expanded primary care,” she said.
ACHR already has locations in Akron on South Arlington Street and in Kent.
Drummond said ACHR has been talking with community, public health and hospital leaders in the Barberton area about the need for enhanced primary-?care services there for several years.
The Barberton center will include medical, dental and mental health services, as well as a low-cost pharmacy, she said.
“We felt like this was a win for the community and a win for us,” she said.
The funding, announced last week, is part of $11 billion dedicated to expanded community health center services through the Affordable Care Act.
First aid app
The American Red Cross is putting the power of information at people’s fingertips in emergency situations.
The Red Cross recently launched its first aid app, available for free to iPhones and Android smart phone users.
The app provides step-by-step instructions for common first aid scenarios, such as burns or bleeding. If needed, a 9-1-1 call button offers quick access to emergency responders.
The tool also includes interactive quizzes, videos and animations. In addition, users can view preparedness tips for severe winter weather, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes.
To download the app, search “American Red Cross” in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for Android smart phones.
The American Medical Association has weighed in on the debate about when women should begin getting routine mammograms to screen for cancer.
During its annual meeting this month, the nation’s largest physician organization adopted a policy stating all women should be eligible for screening mammograms, starting at age 40.
The group’s policy also supports insurance coverage for the screening test.
Debate about when women should begin getting mammograms started a decade ago, when European scientists raised doubts about the screening tool’s effectiveness.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening mammograms every two years for women 50 to 74.
The American Cancer Society, however, recommends yearly screening mammograms beginning at age 40 and continuing as long as a woman is in good health.
Akron General market
Akron General Health System is once again providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables through a weekly farmers market.
The market takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday through Sept. 18 at Akron General Health & Wellness-West, 4125 Medina Rd., Bath Twp.
Ohio-based farms and businesses sell produce, honey, herbs, baked goods, plants and flowers during the weekly event.
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