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Giving Thanks This Thanksgiving

Gratitude’s Impact on Mental Health Beyond normal conversational niceties, expressing genuine gratitude profoundly influences mental health. Numerous studies consistently link regular gratitude to a significant reduction in stress and depression. It should also be noted that a grateful mindset extends beyond mere positivity; it represents a cognitive shift, reframing perceptions from a sense of lack […]

Fentanyl and Harm Reduction

Fentanyl has become a dominant topic in national news in 2023 and since become something that many are aware of and acknowledges as a problem. Fentanyl is prevalent all over the company, but it is very prevalent in Oregon. Unfortunately, there is still much that the general public does not know about this dangerous drug. […]

Communicating STI News to a Partner

Why Should I Tell My Partner?  First off, notifying a partner about a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) is essential for maintaining trust within the relationship. Honesty and open communication are fundamental to any successful partnership. Sharing this sensitive information demonstrates respect and consideration for one’s partner’s health and well-being. Early disclosure allows for timely medical […]

Why Get Sports Physicals?

Sports physicals are vital to ensure the health and well being of those keen on participating in athletic activities. They are thorough medical exams that are necessary to gauge the physical fitness levels of athletes. In Oregon, the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) oversees sports physicals. The OSAA also recommends a specific form be used […]

The Impact of STI Testing

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) (historically referred to as STDs)  are more prevalent than many think and if left undetected and untreated, can have severe consequences. Regular STI testing ensures early identification of any infections, enabling prompt medical intervention and preventing further transmission.  Consistent STI testing helps individuals take control of their sexual health. Many STIs […]

Cold, Or Human Metapneumovirus?

Do you feel like recently you and/or those around you have been getting sicker in recent allergy seasons? AFC Portland’s very own Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Andrew Miller, has some insight on what’s going on and what may be causing this uptick in illnesses. “The current allergy season is the worst that it’s been in […]

The Importance of Men’s Health

Almost three decades ago, in 1994, Congress established Men’s Health Week for the week leading up to Father’s Day. The declaration and observation was designed to raise awareness about the health challenges that men face. It is also a time to promote preventative health and the overall well-being of men. Since then, the observation expanded […]

Tips and Tricks For the Heat

Summer is approaching along with warmer weather in the Pacific NW. After a long wet winter and spring, there is excitement for most of us. That said, it’s important to take precautions to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays and the overall heat itself. Prolonged exposure to either sun or high temperatures can lead […]

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health refers to the overall state of an individual’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It encompasses a wide range of conditions that affect how we feel, think and behave. Mental health is important just like physical health, and a positive state of mental health is key to overall health.  The importance of mental health […]

Autism Awareness Month

Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a developmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. It is a lifelong condition that manifests differently in each individual, with a wide range of abilities and challenges. Autism affects people of all ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and it is estimated that 1 […]