Thursday, December 24, 2015

Family History Spotlight

Family history is in the spotlight this season. Learning about your family's health history may help you have a longer and healthier future together.

Because only a third of Americans have ever tried to gather and write down their family's health history, the Surgeon general created a web-based program that creates a 'family tree' that you can download and print to share with your family members or doctor. The information is not kep on the website; it is private.

Family Health History. Use the Links in the panel on the left to get to the following:

Family History and Create Family Health Portrait

[Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services]

Friday, December 11, 2015

Find Out if Your Hospital or Health Care Organization is Accredited

I hope you'll forgive my lack of posts ~ like many of my peers I've been frequently "socializing" with doctors in hopes of feeling better... which fortunately is helping.

First on my list of information to share with you is what I learned about were to find out whether your hospital or other health care organization is accredited. Go to The Joint Commission.  

The statement at "About Us" says"An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards."

Explore the wealth of links on The Joint Commission website to learn what you want to know.

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