Archivos Mensuales: octubre 2012

A Shining Example


The University of Southern California, more commonly referred to as USC, is quite renowned for their medical treatment. Within USC, they have several schools dedicated to higher learning and medical practices. One school in particular has put forth an effort for the betterment of the community or anyone else whom would require their services. The “Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC” provides dental needs regardless of age and financial situation. A lot find it taxing to go to the dentist but USC offers patient care by highly trained dental students whom are closely supervised by expert faculty dentists. USC also has an array of specialized clinics that cater to everything from pediatric dentistry to braces even dental traumas.

The dental clinic on campus is available to the public. Anyone in need of dental services can be accepted for treatment. In fact, Harbor UCLA Medical Center highly recommends and refers its patients to USC’s dentistry school. Another positive factor that contributes to their dentistry appeal is that potential patients need not make an appointment. Dental issue urgency is recognized similarly to the local emergency room.

There are dozens of dental facilities sprawled around the Los Angeles area; however, the campus clinic claims to charge significantly less for all aspects of their dentistry. In comparison to other dental offices in the general area, USC provides equivalent high-quality service in a state-of-the-art facility at a reduced rate. Their website provides further details on the extent of their services and costs. The facility hours of operation and other concerns can also be found on the website.

Felicia Lewis, A current USC dentistry patient, had this to say:

               “My mother used to go there and her teeth were always beautiful, so when I was referred I jumped at the thought of having great dental care at little cost…. I honestly have nothing negative to say about USC’s medical clinic, Go over to USC and they’ll hook you up.”


Klotz Student Health Center


Cal State University Northridge’s Klotz Student Health Center provides many basic services for no charge for currently enrolled students. The university’s student fees include a $56 health fee per semester that pays for the basic services provided. The services include annual physicals, cold and flu care, immunizations, care for injuries, sexual and reproductive health, and laboratory tests and X-rays. Physicals where documentation is required are $25.00. Students interested in birth control should learn more about free family planning services available at the health center through the Family PACT Program (Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment), a state funded program for low-income residents. Laboratory tests that can be performed at the health center and basic x-rays are available at no cost.

Services that are not free for current students are Dental Clinic and Optometry, Complementary alternative medicine and the pharmacy. Dental Clinic services include: basic exams, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, crowns, and teeth whitening. Optometry Clinic services include eye exams, contact lens fittings and red eye visits. The health center also fills glasses and contact lens prescriptions. Complementary alternative medicine include: acupuncture, chiropractic care, and massage therapy all ranging from $10 to $30. Pharmacists fill prescriptions from health center physicians and clinicians outside the health center. Low-cost, over the counter products are available for purchase without a prescription. Dermatologists and physical therapy are also offered for a low-cost. Students can schedule appointments using the online system, by phone, or even walk-ins. Appointments that are not kept and not cancelled within a minimum of 2 hours prior to the appointment time receive a charge of $5.00. The health center is located east of the Bookstore and south of the University Student Union. For additional information visit the Klotz Student Center website or call 818-677-1200.

Preventative Health


Preventative health care is a solid method to establish and maintain a healthy life-style. With backing from the Affordable Care Act, this concept of preventative health care may seem foreign to many, ultimately it means taking preventative measures when approaching one’s health. According to the US National Library of Medicine there is a four-tiered preventive classification system in place: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary Prevention. The U.S. Institute of Medicine, the NIDA and the European Monitoring Centre all use this classification system. Primary prevention involves methods to avoid occurrence of disease. Most population-based health promotion efforts are of this type. Secondary prevention involves methods to diagnose and treat disease in early stages before it causes significant morbidity. Tertiary prevention involves methods to reduce negative impact of extant disease by restoring function and reducing disease-related complications. Finally Quaternary prevention involves methods to mitigate or avoid results of unnecessary or excessive interventions in the health system.
The Agency for Health Research and Quality brings insight on prevented health for those that have Internet access this website is very user friendly and can also be translated from English to Spanish. The service that is provided is essential for human service, especially for those who are not able to help themselves. Having the symptoms of possible disease and injuries make it much easier to look up and find out what is going on with your body.
The clinical information that is given by this website is very helpful for those who want to find out what precautionary steps to take in case they cannot make it to the hospital that very second. The browse for information feature allows you to choose from a list of subject area of interest in alphabetical order. From AIDS, dental Health, and minority Health. has a clinical section, which allows the reader to look at reviews to further educate yourself. The what’s new feature on the website stays up to date in the newest news, reports, clinical information, consumer & patients, funding opportunities, data & survey and research finding. helps to put out funding information for people to look and also see if their cause in the medical field can have funding assistance.

The location of Agency for the Healthcare Research and quality office of communication and knowledge transfer is located at 540 Gaither Road, suite 200 Rockville, MD 20850. The inquire number is (301)427-1104.­

by Manny Reid and Jesus Araujo