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How To Stop Using Tobacco – For Good

November 23, 2022 by Jessica Gee


In recognition of Nation Smoking Cessation Month, we’re sharing tips to help you quit tobacco for good. November is National Smoking Cessation Month, and in recognition of that, we are sharing helpful information to help you kick the habit, for good. Decades of research have shown that quitting tobacco, no matter your age, will lead to a healthier lifestyle. While quitting can make you look and feel better – not to mention save you money – it’s still challenging to do. Before you jump in and quit cold turkey, it’s best to come up with a plan to build effective …

Celebrating the 12th Annual National Rural Health Day

November 17, 2022 by Jessica Gee


North Country HealthCare joins the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), the member organization for all 50 State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), and other state and national rural stakeholders in celebrating National Rural Health Day (NRHD) on Thursday, November 17, 2022. NOSORH founded National Rural Health Day in 2011 to showcase the efforts of individuals and organizations going the extra mile to address the unique healthcare needs of rural communities. National Rural Health Day is an annual day of recognition which occurs on the third Thursday of November. The NRHD theme for 2022 is, “Driving Change …

8 Tips to Care for Your Mental Health During the Holidays

November 15, 2022 by Jessica Gee


The holidays can be both joyful and stressfu. These tips will help you maintain a healthy state of mind this season. The holiday season is usually a time for joy and celebration, but it can also be the most stressful time of the year for many of us. And for those with a prevailing mental health condition, it can be especially difficult to manage during the holidays. According to National Alliance on Mental Illness, at least 64% of people with mental health issues report getting worse during the holiday season. How can you cope? Here are tips to help you …

Improving Healthcare Delivery for Young People in Payson

October 17, 2022 by Jessica Gee


The team at North Country HealthCare in Payson want to make it easier for adolescents to take care of their health. North Country HealthCare – Payson is one of ten health centers across the state that is participating in an intensive, 18-month best-practices-driven program designed to address the unique healthcare needs of young people. The program aims to address these needs by removing barriers and improving healthcare delivery. All ten of the health centers participating in the program are part of the Arizona Family Health Partnership (AFHP), which is Arizona’s designated Title X agency. The program, called the “Adolescent Champion …

Keeping Your Child’s Smile Healthy

September 1, 2022 by Jessica Gee


Brushing twice daily is the first step for a healthy smile, all throughout life! In our most recent blog post, we discussed how a child’s oral health impacts their overall health and wellness. In this post, we want to offer some tips and tricks to help keep your child’s smile beautiful now and into the future! Tooth brushing: the right start To start your child in the right direction, you can begin the brushing process even before their first tooth emerges by just wetting a washcloth and wiping around the gum line to reduce the build-up of bacteria. Once you …

The Importance of Dental Health in Children

May 1, 2022 by Jessica Gee


Regular dental visits are step one in keeping your child’s smile healthy. It’s never too early for kids to begin learning how to practice good dental hygiene habits. By developing consistent habits in the form of regular teeth brushing and flossing, eating nutritious foods and seeing a dentist on a regular basis, a child is much more likely to have a wonderful set of strong, healthy teeth throughout their life. Those who consistently invest in their dental health over the course of their lifetime are much more likely to enjoy a confident, attractive smile. Equally important, they’re also better able …

One-of-a-Kind Care: Staff Spotlight on Karen Holder, FNP

April 27, 2022 by Jessica Gee


Karen Holder, FNP, has been part of North Country HealthCare since its inception in 1991. At North Country HealthCare, we believe every person deserves easily accessible, quality healthcare delivered in an atmosphere of respect. Karen Holder, one of our family nurse practitioners, has been embodying this belief since our beginning. In the 30-plus years that Karen has been an integral part of the organization, she has served hundreds of patients with her special brand of compassionate care. Her passion for our mission and dedication to our patients are an inspiration to her teammates. It’s obvious to anyone who sees her …

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Primary Healthcare Provider

April 14, 2022 by Jessica Gee


Choosing the right provider for your family could mean a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship! If you’ve recently moved to a new area, or if you’re simply not satisfied with the healthcare you’re currently receiving, you may be thinking that finding a primary care physician before you become sick is a good idea. And indeed, it is! It’s always easier to ask the right questions and make good decisions regarding your healthcare when you’re feeling great. Waiting until you are sick to seek out a new provider may mean a delay in receiving the treatment and medication you need to get …

6 Common Questions About Preventive Care

March 15, 2022 by Jessica Gee


Nearly all health insurance plans, both public and private, cover preventive care at no cost. Preventive care is a top priority at North Country HealthCare due to its critical role in safeguarding a patient’s overall health. Routine wellness exams help identify health risk factors and allow for timely intervention. A wellness visit is key to combating most lifestyle-related conditions such as stroke, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. To help you make the most of your health insurance, we answered six commonly-asked questions about preventive care and how it works. 1. Are wellness exams covered by insurance? Yes! Health plans are …

Community Health Director Amanda Guay Wins the 2022 ATHENA Award

February 18, 2022 by Jessica Gee


“My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” —General Montgomery, senior British Army Officer who served in the First and Second World Wars. Amanda Guay, MPH, is nominated for the ATHENA Award for her over 20 year commitment to public health. Amanda Guay, MPH, is the Community Health Director at North Country HealthCare, and she epitomizes the above quote. It is for her capacity and will to rally others to a common purpose, and her inspirational character, that she was named …

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In recognition of Nation Smoking Cessation Month, we’re sharing tips to help you quit tobacco for good. November is National Smoking Cessation Month, …

North Country HealthCare joins the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), the member organization for all 50 State Offices o …

The holidays can be both joyful and stressfu. These tips will help you maintain a healthy state of mind this season. The holiday season is usually a t …

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