How barber shops are combatting high blood pressure in South Dallas

Gerard Claiborne — also known as “Big G Da Barber” — has an ambition and a vision for barber, beauty and nail shops that extends well beyond grooming. He believes barbers and beauticians should serve as healthcare “second responders” who can perform first aid, CPR and critical health screenings for their customers. Gerard works a … Continue reading How barber shops are combatting high blood pressure in South Dallas

Tackling social determinants of health outside the hospital walls

It was clear the 63-year-old Irving man at a Baylor Scott & White community clinic needed help — and that his diabetes wasn’t the only problem at hand. Clinic personnel noted that he seemed disconnected with the outside world and lacked social support. Concerned, one of the clinic’s community health workers asked if she could … Continue reading Tackling social determinants of health outside the hospital walls

Baylor Scott & White addresses social determinants of health through community volunteer initiative

Being born into poverty, growing up with curtailed opportunities for education and employment, living in a disadvantaged neighborhood — these factors, called social determinants of health, are like the cards you’re dealt in a game of poker. It’s hard to win if the deck is stacked against you. Social determinants of health are the economic … Continue reading Baylor Scott & White addresses social determinants of health through community volunteer initiative

Caring for our communities: Setting first-time mothers up for success

From television and movies to social media and mommy blogs, we’re often flooded with images of the “perfect” mom that perpetuate this idea of flawless motherhood. But what isn’t highly acknowledged is the support it takes to be a super mom. No woman can do it on her own. No man could either for that … Continue reading Caring for our communities: Setting first-time mothers up for success

Elizabeth Smart puts spotlight on child abuse, survival

Elizabeth Smart was the keynote speaker at this year’s Texans Fostering Community Enrichment Conference, a collaboration between Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center and several community organizations. At the conference, Elizabeth spoke to foster parents, social workers, case managers, healthcare providers, child protective services and law enforcement. During her speech, she shared her … Continue reading Elizabeth Smart puts spotlight on child abuse, survival

How paramedics are improving patient outcomes through education

In 2014 Don Mashewske’s wife, Lona Re, had been hospitalized 11 times because of diabetes. Overcome with worry, Don’s weight dropped from 208 to 151 pounds. Both he and Lona Re needed help. Lona Re’s health care team at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney referred her to the McKinney Fire Department paramedics … Continue reading How paramedics are improving patient outcomes through education

Wellness program keeps seniors older, wiser and healthier

Supporting healthy aging through fitness activities, preventive care and disease management is the mission of the Scott & White Wellness Center – Brenham. Established in 2015, the Center provides a suite of wellness services for older adults in Washington County, Texas. In its first year, it served about 7,000 residents. Every three months, the Center … Continue reading Wellness program keeps seniors older, wiser and healthier