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Loneliness: How Isolation Affects Our Bodies

We all know what it’s like to feel lonely. Whether we’re introverted or extroverted, at some point, we’ll face feelings of isolation and separation. Loneliness is when these feelings grow stronger, when we feel alone, separated from others, unsupported, and distressed. It could be when your significant other goes on a trip without you, or…

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Community Health Centers: Who We Are and What We Do

You’ll often hear the term “Community Health Center” from Primary Health Network. However, we’re only one of over 1,300 community health centers throughout the country! PHN isn’t a hospital, and it’s not a part of any local hospital systems. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), and we provide healthcare with the mission of…

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School Backpack Tips

When it comes to buying a school backpack, it may seem as easy as just finding one that is big enough to fit your child’s books and supplies. But when it comes to carrying around a bag loaded with heavy textbooks, the size, design, and “fit” of a backpack are just as important. Follow these…

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My PHN: Information on the Go

Many of our patients are familiar with our sites, services, and other resources. But did you know that information is now available right in the palm of your hand? PHN introduces “My PHN,” a new mobile app that allows you to access a wide variety of PHN information without having to do anything more than…

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Going on Vacation: Planning for Safety

This time of year, many of us plan on taking a vacation. Usually, this means travelling, whether it’s across the country, across the ocean, or across town. We’ll have activities planned, places to sightsee, and maybe even have restaurants picked out. However, in all this planning, do you have one for safety?

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Fun in the Sun – What to Know About SPF

Now that summer is finally here, many of us will be spending a lot more time outside. This, of course, means we’ll get much more sun on our skin. We’ve all been told how important it is to use sunscreen, and it’s no fun having sunburn, but it can be pretty confusing when you’re looking…

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Keeping You and Your Pets Healthy

Everyone loves their cuddly companions and the joy they bring into their lives. There are many health benefits to owning a pet: they provide opportunities to get exercise and be social with other pet owners, and have even been proven to help those who suffer from anxiety and depression. However, pets can carry different germs…

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Flossing: How This Simple Habit Can Impact Your Health

Every six months, many of us go to the dentist for a cleaning. At some point, they’re likely to ask, “Have you been flossing?” Some of us do, and some don’t as often as we should, but you’ll always hear your dentist and hygienist recommend it before you leave. For many people flossing is a…

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Prescriptions: Maintenance, Storage, and Disposal

At some point in our lives, we’ll end up on a prescribed medication. Whether it’s a serious health condition or simple allergies, if your doctor writes you a prescription, it’s because they believe you’ll be able to be healthier because of it. However, once you get home from your local pharmacy, it’s easy to make…

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PHN Welcomes Dr. Jere Wagner

Primary Health Network (PHN), announced the addition of Jere Wagner, MD to Shamokin Community Health Center. Dr. Wagner is a leading physician in the Shamokin community. Most recently, Dr. Wagner was an emergency care physician at Geisinger-Shamokin Community Hospital and has dedicated his career to increasing access to care for patients. He is looking forward…

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