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Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible? Jun 1st, 2024

Nearly 40 million Americans have diabetes, according to the CDC, and another 98 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition that makes them far more likely to develop diabetes in the future. Most of those individuals have type 2 diabetes, a metabolic condition that happens when your body has difficulty controlling...

The Importance of Screening for Depression May 12th, 2024

Depression affects millions of Americans, taking a toll on their emotional health and their physical wellness, too. The good news: Safe, effective treatment is available, but first, you must be diagnosed. That’s where depression screening comes in. At Harbor Community Health Centers, our team offers comprehensive behavioral health services, including...

Why Do I Need a Primary Care Doctor? Apr 2nd, 2024

Your health needs vary greatly throughout life, and even during your adult years, your medical risks and health profile can change dramatically. Having a primary care physician who understands those needs is essential for maintaining optimal wellness as you age. With two locations in San Pedro, California, Harbor Community Health...

Is There a Cure for Childhood Asthma? Mar 13th, 2024

Asthma is a common respiratory disease that affects kids as well as adults. In the United States alone, about 5 million children have asthma, and about 38% have at least one asthma attack in any given year. For kids under age 5, that number almost doubles. As a parent, you...

What is Mpox? Mar 8th, 2024

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The Importance of Well Baby and Well Child Appointments Feb 1st, 2024

When your child is ill, taking them to visit the doctor is a no-brainer. But the American Academy of Pediatrics notes that well-child visits are just as important — so important they maintain a list of recommended ages for well visits throughout childhood. At Harbor Community Health Centers, our team...

 The Many Benefits of Dental Exams Jan 18th, 2024

You might not look forward to your twice-yearly dental exam, but there’s no denying that those visits are extremely important for maintaining oral health and preventing serious problems. Considering that a typical exam only takes about an hour, it’s a minimal investment that can yield a big payoff over time....

Harbor Community Health Centers Awarded 2023 Health Center Quality Leader (HCQL) Silver Badge Dec 3rd, 2023

Harbor Community Health Centers proudly earned the 2023 Health Center Quality Leader (HCQL) Silver Badge, placing our community health center in the top 20% nationwide for clinical quality measures. Harbor Community Health Centers Chief Medical Officer Dr. Caleb Lusk expressed gratitude to HRSA “for recognizing our commitment to providing exceptional...

I Brush and Floss Daily: Why Do I Need Professional Dental Cleanings? Dec 1st, 2023

It’s easy to see the need for a dentist visit when you have a toothache or other problem. But regular checkups are important, too — really important. Harbor Community Health Centers helps patients of all ages maintain optimal oral health with regular dental checkups and cleanings. Learn why twice-yearly visits...

The Differences Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Nov 1st, 2023

Nearly 38 million Americans have diabetes, including nearly 9 million people who haven’t been diagnosed with the condition yet. That means everyone is at an increased risk of serious complications, including kidney damage, cognitive decline,  and blindness. There are two primary types of diabetes — type 1 and type 2...

What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk of Breast Cancer? Oct 1st, 2023

About 300,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in the United States, making it the second most common type of cancer among American women. More than 43,000 women will die from the disease. In fact, among American women, breast cancer makes up about a third of new cancer diagnoses every year. The...

Raising Awareness on the Obesity Epidemic in the U.S. Sep 6th, 2023

More than 42% of Americans are obese, according to data from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Every one of those individuals is at increased risks of multiple serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, some cancers, and dementia. While healthy habits are the key to...

National Immunization Awareness Month: Immunizations Every Adult Should Have Aug 1st, 2023

As a kid, childhood immunizations were aregular part of seeing the doctor. As an adult, immunizations are far less frequent — but that doesn’t mean you don’t need them. Vaccines supplement our immune system’s germ-fighting abilities, essentially teaching our bodies how to recognize specific germs so it can produce antibodies...

5 Ways to Prevent Asthma Attacks During Summer Jul 1st, 2023

Roughly 26 million American adults and kids suffer from asthma, a chronic respiratory disease that causes inflammation and excess mucus production in your airways. Asthma symptoms can happen any time, but they’re often worse in the summer when many asthma “triggers” — like pollen, humidity, and heat — tend to be more...

When to Take Your Sick Child to the Doctor Jun 1st, 2023

Kids catch colds and contract other illnesses a lot — usually much more frequently than adults. There are many possible reasons for that: often grouped together in classrooms and other spaces, it’s a lot easier for germs to pass from one child to another. Kids' immune systems are still developing,...

Taking a Look at the Most Common Mental Health Disorders in America May 1st, 2023

According to the CDC, mental health disorders affect about 20% of Americans in any given year, and throughout a lifetime, about half of all Americans will be diagnosed with a disorder. Despite how common they are, mental health disorders and their effects are still widely misunderstood. Harbor Community Health Centers...

When it Comes to COVID, Testing Positive is Now Less Negative May 1st, 2023

Para español, cambie el idiomaen la esquina superior derecha You’re going about your usual day when you notice that your throat hurts. Or you’re coughing more than usual. Or you’re especially tired. Five years ago, it wouldn’t have caused much concern, but now the question pops into your head: Is...

Put Your Best Foot Forward by Taking Care of Your Feet Apr 1st, 2023

Nearly everyone experiences foot problems at some point. Blisters, cracked skin, fungal infections, warts, and sore muscles are common problems; fortunately, they’re usually problems you can avoid with a little extra TLC. In honor of National Foot Health Awareness Month, Harbor Community Health Centers is dedicating this post to better...

Things Everyone Should Know About Cancer Mar 1st, 2023

Outside of astrology, “cancer” is a word that strikes fear in many people. Widely recognized as life-threatening, cancer is a complex group of diseases with different causes, treatments, and statistical outcomes. Cancer happens when your body’s cells start to multiply uncontrollably. Sometimes, this growth forms tumors that spread (metastasize) to...

How to Support Someone In Recovery From Substance Abuse Feb 1st, 2023

More than 20 million Americans suffer from substance abuse problems involving alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription medications. Although addiction takes a toll on every aspect of a person’s life, medical treatment can play a pivotal role in breaking the cycle of abuse so recovery can begin. While substance use disorders pose...

10 Top Tips for Daily Oral Care at Home Jan 25th, 2023

It’s easy to take your oral health for granted — until something goes wrong. Then, a toothache, sore gums, or chronic bad breath suddenly makes you aware of the importance of good oral care — and how much you’ve been neglecting your teeth and gums. The best way to avoid...

Addiction Recovery: 5 Ways to Prevent Relapse Dec 15th, 2022

Breaking the cycle of addiction isn’t easy, but with prompt, appropriate medical care, you can take back control of your life, health, and future — the next step: Avoiding relapse. Addiction is a chronic disorder, and as with any chronic medical problem, once you recover, you need to do all you...

What is Prediabetes, and Can It Be Reversed? Nov 9th, 2022

More than 37 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, a chronic disease that interferes with how your body manages blood sugar (glucose). There are different types of diabetes, but most Americans have type 2, a metabolic condition that usually develops in adulthood. Before developing type 2 diabetes, most people...

7 Reasons to Schedule Your Next Mammogram ASAP Oct 12th, 2022

According to the CDC, nearly 70% of women 40 and older had a mammogram within the past two years. That sounds pretty good — until you realize that nearly a third of women didn’t bother to have this vital screening.  As a leading primary care practice in San Pedro, California, Harbor Community...

HCHC & Alinea Imaging Join Forces Against Breast Cancer Sep 14th, 2022

You’ve probably heard enough talk about mammograms to understand that they’re important.  You may already know they’re the best way to reduce risks associated with breast cancer by detecting irregularities early (sometimes three years before any tangible signs appear!). And it might not surprise you that a mammogram can even...

Should I Be Tested Regularly for STDs? Sep 8th, 2022

At least 20 million new sexually-transmitted infections are reported each year in the United States, according to the CDC, and many other infections go unreported (and even undiagnosed). One reason why infections are so common: They’re not always easy to detect — which means many people spread infections without even...

How Immunizations Can Protect Your Child's Health Aug 13th, 2022

Immunizations are a part of childhood (and they should also be a part of adulthood). But many parents don’t know why they’re important — or how they work. At Harbor Community Health Centers, our team provides vaccines as part of our regular pediatrics services, giving kids the tools they need to ward off serious...

Well Woman Visits and Well Child Visits: Keeping You Both Healthy Jul 12th, 2022

Many of us only think about visiting the doctor when we’re ill. But having well visits — regular checkups — is crucial, too, especially for women and kids. At Harbor Community Health Centers, our providers offer both well woman and well child visits tailored to the unique needs of women and kids. Here’s why you should make...

What's Included in a Well Child Check? Jul 5th, 2022

Taking your child to the doctor when they’re sick is almost a no-brainer. But did you know your child should see the doctor when they’re well, too? Just like you, your child needs regular well visits to keep them healthy during those all-important “growing years.”  Harbor Community Health Centers offers...

Tips for Getting Through a Summer Pregnancy Jul 5th, 2022

Almost 4 million babies are born every year in the United States, and many are born during the summer months. In fact, according to the CDC, the three months with the highest number of births are August, July, and September.  As luck would have it, those are also the three...

The Problem? Stress. The Solution? Self-Care Jun 15th, 2022

It’s not unusual to feel extreme anxiety or pressure (especially these days) about everything you have to take care of.  But there is a solution: taking care of yourself!  Practicing self-care, even for just a few minutes a day, can make a big difference in your health and wellbeing.  This...

The Importance of Routine Dental Exams Jun 12th, 2022

Everyone knows it’s critical to see their dentist regularly — typically, once every six months. But do you know why? There are lots of reasons. At Harbor Community Health Centers, our team offers complete dental care at our three locations in San Pedro, California, helping patients manage their oral health at every stage of life....

Does My Chronic Cough Mean I Have Asthma? May 3rd, 2022

Coughing is a common physical reaction —we all do it from time to time. It’s our body’s natural way of responding to irritants in our airways, and the forceful expiration of air that happens during a cough acts to clear those irritants. Coughing is also a common asthma symptom, a...

Harbor Community Health Centers Announces $1 Million To Support Building of a New Health Center Site Apr 21st, 2022

Rep. Nanette Barragán delivered $7,535,000 in federal funds for local projects in vote to pass omnibus appropriations funding package. This included a portion to fund healthcare for the homeless and underserved in the harbor area community. Tamra King (CEO) center, is presented with a funding check by Rep. Barragan.*  Harbor...

What You Need to Know About An Ovarian Cyst Apr 7th, 2022

Ovarian cysts are surprisingly common, especially during the reproductive years. In most cases, these fluid-filled sacs are nothing to worry about. But in some instances, they can cause uncomfortable symptoms or more serious complications. Our team at Harbor Community Health Centers provides comprehensive gynecologic care and services at Pacific Avenue...

Can Diabetes Be Prevented? Feb 6th, 2022

Nearly 35 million Americans have diabetes, including a whopping 7.3 million who have the disease but haven’t been diagnosed. Even more alarming — nearly 90 million people have prediabetes, a condition that significantly increases the risk of developing full-blown disease. At Harbor Community Health Centers, our team helps women and...

Your Best Dental Health is Right Around the Corner Feb 5th, 2022

Everyone knows it’s important to take care of their teeth, but you may still have questions about the best way to go about it.  How often should you visit the dentist?  Is it safe to do so during Covid?  How will you pay for it?  Fortunately, Harbor Community Health Centers...

Cuidados personales para sus adolescentes Jan 15th, 2022

La escuela preparatoria puede ser intensa: HCHC enseña cómo afrontar la situación Nuestra clínica está trabajando con The Boys and Girls Club para satisfacer las necesidades de bienestar social y emocional de los adolescentes. Consulte la información a continuación y en el volante. Facilitaré una presentación única para adolescentes de...

Self-care advice for your teens with HCHC support team Jan 14th, 2022

High school can be intense – HCHC teaches how to cope Our clinic is working with The Boys and Girls Club to meet children and teenagers’ emotional and social wellbeing needs. See details and the flyer below. Alejandra Amparo will be doing a one-time presentation for Middle and High School...

How an OB/GYN Specialist Can Help You During Menopause Jan 1st, 2022

There’s a reason why menopause used to be called “the change of life”: Aside from puberty, menopause ushers in perhaps the most significant changes in a woman’s life, both physically and emotionally. Menopause is more than just an end to your periods. The decline in estrogen affects you in plenty...

The Importance of Primary Care Dec 13th, 2021

Every year in the United States, adults and kids see their primary care doctors about 430 million times for all sorts of healthcare needs, including “sick” and well visits. That’s because primary care physicians provide critical care that helps patients heal and stay healthy at every age and stage of...

When a Behavioral Health Evaluation Might Be Necessary Nov 14th, 2021

For decades, the issue of mental health care has been plagued by stigma and misunderstandings. Today, thankfully, that’s changing, and people are beginning to realize that caring for your behavioral health needs is just as important as caring for your physical body. At Harbor Community Health Centers, our team helps...

Domestic Violence and the Impacts on your Physical and Mental Health Oct 18th, 2021

Domestic Violence and the Impacts on your Physical and Mental Health The health impacts of domestic violence present themselves in a range of short and long term effects that are both physical and psychological. As a result of domestic violence, you may need medical treatment for immediate care and long...

How to Know if You Have Diabetes Oct 10th, 2021

About 32.4 million Americans — roughly 1 out of every 10 — have diabetes. This chronic medical condition can dramatically increase your risks for serious medical problems and alter the way you live your life.  Without proper management and medical care, diabetes can lead to issues like: Blindness Nerve damage...

Do I Have Asthma or Just a Cough? Sep 6th, 2021

About 25 million Americans have asthma, and for most of those people, that means they also have a nagging cough. But asthma isn't the only medical issue that causes coughing. So how can you tell whether your cough is due to asthma or something else? Diagnosing asthma as soon as...

The Benefits of a Behavioral Health Evaluation Aug 10th, 2021

It’s tempting to think of physical health and behavioral or psychological health as two separate entities. But in fact, they’re very closely linked, like two sides of the same coin. In addition to affecting your physical health, behavioral health issues can have a devastating effect on your quality of life...

What Pediatric Care Offers Your Child Jul 19th, 2021

As a parent, you want to do all you can to help your child grow, learn, and enjoy their childhood years. Ensuring they stay healthy is one of the most important things you can do for your child — now and as they grow into adulthood. As a leading healthcare...

3 Ways Warmer Weather Impacts Your Asthma May 18th, 2021

May is here, and that means the summer warmup is about to begin. For many people, summer sunshine is a welcome change from the grayer, darker days of winter. But if you're one of the more than 25 million Americans who have asthma, you might not be quite so excited....

Back to School: How to Help When Your Child is Struggling Apr 13th, 2021

Across the country, school-age children and teens are returning to in-person learning, but this effort to get back to normal doesn’t come without concerns. Remote learning has left a lot of students with intense feelings of isolation and loneliness, feelings that won’t go away overnight.  They may also experience fear...

What Every Woman Should Know About Cervical Cancer Apr 11th, 2021

In the United States, about 15,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society, and about 4,300 will die from the disease. Regular screening is the best way to prevent cancer by “catching” it in its earliest stages. Harbor Community Health Centers provides...

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies Enroute to Our Office Mar 16th, 2021

More than 2 million people seek out emergency dental care each year in the United States, which shows just how common these emergencies are. While not every dental issue is an emergency, plenty of relatively common problems — like tooth pain, lost fillings, or damaged crowns — can be considered...

Sealants, Fluoride, Check-ups and More: Caring for Your Kids' Teeth Feb 15th, 2021

According to data from the National Institutes of Health, about half of all kids under age 11 have at least one cavity. The CDC says cavities are “one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood” for American kids. That sounds grim, but the good news is, there are some...

Start the Year Off Right With Preventive Care for the Family Jan 14th, 2021

If your family is like many others, you only go to the doctor when you’re sick. In a recent survey, 25% of the participants avoided regular check-ups for financial reasons, while others skipped a wellness visit because they couldn’t make time in their busy schedules.  When you’re feeling perfectly fine,...

What is Seasonal Depression? Dec 14th, 2020

If wintertime finds you feeling blue, or you get an empty feeling around the same time each year, you may suffer from a condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It affects many people--an estimated 5-10% of the population--each year. No one knows exactly why, but SAD affects women four...

Why You Need a Podiatrist on Your Diabetes Management Team Nov 5th, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes. Nearly 90 million more people have prediabetes. If you have diabetes, you know that the excess sugar in your blood makes you susceptible to several complications.  One of those serious concerns for diabetics...

The Importance of Getting Your Child's Flu Shot Early, Especially This Year Oct 6th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken center stage this year, but it’s important for you to remember that we are going into the 2020-2021 flu season. While reducing your exposure to COVID-19 remains paramount, protecting your child against the flu is also imperative. Each year the influenza virus sickens millions of...

The Connection Between Mental and Medical Health Sep 16th, 2020

If you have aches and pains, your first thought might be to make an appointment with your primary care doctor. If you’re suffering from stress or anxiety, you might consider making an appointment with a therapist. Physical health problems and mental health problems have long been treated separately, but the...

Preventing Periodontal Disease: What You Can Do Today Aug 7th, 2020

You're more likely to struggle with periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, that n you might think. According to the CDC, around half of all adults in the United States older than 30 will be affected by gum disease. There's a lot you can do to protect your gum...

Allergies or Asthma: Is There a Difference? Jul 17th, 2020

Often beginning in childhood and lasting a lifetime, allergies and/or asthma can make life miserable. In some cases, these conditions can also cause a life-threatening emergency. Fortunately, we at Harbor Community Health Centers have many effective treatments for both. With three convenient locations, we provide state-of-the-art health services for men,...

The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity Jun 26th, 2020

Diabetes is on the rise in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and impacts over 34 million people. If you’re obese, meaning you carry abnormally high amounts of body fat, you hold greater risk for certain types of the disease. At Harbor Community Clinic...