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Letting the Light In: Understanding and Navigating Depression

Depression is more than just a bad day – moody or sad feelings lasting more than two weeks may be a tell-tale sign. It can isolate you from others, sap your energy, steal your joy, and create a general disinterest in activities you used to enjoy. As National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month, October is a time to spotlight depression and emphasizes the importance of getting mental health screenings to identify and treat any mental health-related problems. 

posted: September 29, 2023

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Reminds Everyone to Learn About Early Signs and Detection

It’s the month of October, and you know from the notable pink ribbons that this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime – and, though rare, men can also receive that same unwanted diagnosis. Because it is one of the most common cancers for women in the U.S, learning how to detect breast cancer and be proactive toward your breast health this month can save your life.

posted: September 29, 2023

Capital Health Plan’s Commitment to Quality Care Reaffirmed by Top NCQA Scores

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Capital Health Plan, Inc., (CHP), the Big Bend's local and trusted Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), is recognized for its commitment to providing high-quality care to its members. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private organization dedicated to improving health care quality, awarded CHP with top scores, maintaining its status among the best in the nation.

posted: September 20, 2023

Feeling Your Best: Vaccines, Virus Prevention, and CHP’S Walk With a Doc

Are you up to date on your vaccinations? They’re the best way to protect yourself and others from catching and spreading certain diseases. Most of the time, there are no medical treatments for infectious diseases, so getting vaccinated may save your life.

posted: September 15, 2023

Embracing Healthy Aging: Your Path to Wellness

Aging is an inevitable and natural process we all experience as we journey through life. While we can't control the passage of time, we can certainly influence how we age and the quality of our later years. In fact, CHP’s Nancy Van Vessem, M.D., Center for Healthy Aging is all about adding quality to the aging process. Healthy aging isn't just about living longer; it's also about maintaining physical vitality, mental acuity, and emotional well-being.

posted: September 08, 2023

Starting School Smart: Navigating the Back-to-School Season Without the Flu Interrupting

As summer break winds down and the back-to-school season approaches, the excitement of  kids reuniting with friends and diving into new academic challenges is upon us. However, the return to classrooms also coincides with the onset of another season — influenza season. With the potential for flu outbreaks coinciding with the school year, it's crucial to understand how to protect yourself, your family, and the community.

Here are few ways to protect yourself from the flu:

posted: September 08, 2023

National Cholesterol Education Month: Let's Talk Heart Health!

As we enter National Cholesterol Education Month, it's the perfect time to focus on a topic that impacts millions of lives worldwide. The purpose of this month is to raise awareness of the health risks associated with high cholesterol such as stroke and heart disease. Both are leading causes of death in our community.

What is cholesterol?

posted: September 01, 2023

Capital Health Plan & Idalia Update: 4:00p.m. on 8/29

Based on the latest projections, Capital Health Plan has made the decision to close all departments and offices on Wednesday, August 30, with the exception of CHP Urgent Care, which may open from 5pm – 10pm.  The decision on Urgent Care will be revisited this afternoon by 3 pm.

posted: August 29, 2023

Capital Health Plan & Idalia Update: 6:25pm on 8/30

Based on the latest projections, Capital Health Plan has made the decision to close all departments and offices, including CHP Urgent Care, on Wednesday, August 30th. We will reopen on Thursday, August 31st at 8:00am.

posted: August 29, 2023

The people behind the record: Understanding the role of Health Informatics and Information Management professionals in your health care

It's 8:30 p.m. as a concerned mom pulls into the parking lot at Capital Health Plan’s Urgent Care center in Northeast Tallahassee. Mom explains that her 5-year-old son has been ill most of the day and has a fever that peaked at 102 degrees. She tried treating the fever at home but couldn’t get it to come down. The physician enters the exam room, completes an assessment of the boy, and begins entering notes.

posted: July 31, 2023