November 6, 2012

Health Notes: Nov. 6, 2012

Champlain practice joins Health Network today

CHAMPLAIN — North Country Family Health on Route 11 here will officially become part of Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a federally qualified health center with 15 area health centers, today.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Maurice Racine and his staff to our group,” Dr. John Rugge, CEO of Hudson Headwaters, said in a press release.

“The federal community health-center program is designed to provide access to care regardless of a person’s income or insurance,” Rugge said. “We offer programs that provide discounted medical fees and pharmaceuticals for low-income patients. This year, we’ll help eligible patients receive $1.5 million worth of needed medicine.”

More information about Hudson Headwaters is being mailed to Racine’s list of current patients.

Racine, who started the practice more than 30 years ago, said he sought to join Hudson Headwaters to ensure that his patients would have access to essential health-care services over the long-term.

“Hudson Headwaters has an excellent record for providing rural primary health care,” Racine said in the release. “I am confident that the people of our area, including Chazy, Mooers and Rouses Point, will benefit from having Hudson Headwaters be a part of our communities.”

For more information or to make an appointment, call 298-2691.

Talk explores myths of mental illness

PLATTSBURGH — Alison Doh-Carter will present “In Our Own Voice,” a program about mental illness, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at theUnitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4 Palmer St.

The program is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Champlain Valley (NAMI: CV). The presentation includes short video segments portraying people with mental illness, discussing “Dark Days,” “Coping Skills” and more.

After each segment, Doh-Carter will speak about her own experience related to the topic. She hopes to help those attending to understand that mental illness is a physical disease and encourage them to help combat misunderstandings about it. After the presentation, she will invite questions from the audience.

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