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Weekend Doctor: Care navigators

By Hilary McKelvey, RN, Care Navigator

The role of a care navigator is to assist you, the patient, in the management of your health. Care navigators are registered nurses located in area primary care offices that work closely with your primary care physician or provider to ensure you have the resources available to take control of your health. Care navigators focus on chronic disease management and coordinating transitions of care.

What, specifically, can a care navigator do for you? Care navigators are equipped to help you in many different aspects in regard to the continuation of your care. Several common ways care navigators assist their patients, and community, are listed as follows.

Follow-up care
Care navigators will follow up with you after an admission at a hospital to coordinate care and ensure you understand discharge instructions and medications.

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I'd like to check you for ticks

Been wondering or worrying about ticks? Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources has this ARTICLE about ticks in Ohio and how to dress to avoid tick bites. Did you know ticks can't fly or jump? They rest on the tips of grasses and shrubs, waiting for you to brush by.

By Karen Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

Brad Paisley is an American singer-songwriter who is well known in country music circles. He has sold 11 million albums, won 3 Grammy awards, and has won 14 Academy of Country Music Awards. In 2001, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry where he has performed over 40 times.  


Food licensing reminder from Allen County Public Health

Allen County Public Health wants to remind the public that under Ohio laws, no person shall operate a food service operation without a license.

This includes persons operating food services and food delivery services through social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram.


Weekend Doctor: On the playground

By Emilee Shoemaker, MOT, OTR/L, CLT-LANA 
Occupational Therapist, Julie A. Cole Rehab and Sports Medicine Clinic

Warmer weather is here and parents all over the county are excited to break their kids loose from the house. The past few years, the COVID-19 social guidelines limited kid activities, including comfort levels and social distancing at the playground. Kids are starting to fill up the playgrounds again, which means it is a good time to revisit the benefits of playground play with your children.

The playground offers a unique environment for building skills. There is a lot of development and therapeutic growth that can happen in an environment like a playground. Other than the obvious areas of development, such as strength and gross motor skills, children also learn body awareness, sensory regulation, executive functioning skills and self-esteem.

The following lists a few ways to use basic playground equipment to help your child develop and grow this summer.



Strike a balance

By Katie Prater and Ling-Su Chiu, Student Pharmacists with Karen Kier, Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

"Strike a balance" is an idiom used to find middle ground between two parts or two opinions. It is a way to equally proportion conflicts with accepting demands on both sides. The balance of exercise and diet are one of these continuing disagreements as individuals try to lose weight.  


Weekend Doctor: Protect your family from sunburn

By April Lieb, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Caughman Health Center

With summer quickly approaching, it’s important to remember the value of using sunscreen, especially on our children. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. Having five or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer. 
A few simple steps, as directed from, will help protect your family from sunburns – they are as follows: