Blog Archive

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...