In bustling Portland, a promising career awaits in the field of Optician Assistance. At PCC, you can kickstart your journey with just one term in our Optician Assistant Training program. By the program's end, you can even hand your resume to a potential employer.
Across the nation, countless individuals participate in American Heart Association (AHA) trainings each year, and many of these invaluable courses are readily available at the Portland Community College’s Institute for Health Professionals. These cardiology-focused trainings not only equip healthcare professionals but also individuals in non-healthcare settings with the essential skills needed to support or save lives during cardiac emergencies. As the premier provider of such trainings in the United States, the AHA offers evidence-based strategies crucial in a cardiac event.
Narvelle Delabruere, BS, MSc, CCRA, CCRP is an instructor in the Foundations of Clinical Research Program.
Careers in medical coding are on the rise, and for good reason. It is a rising field in the medical industry and an immensely fulfilling career path as you form the connection between patients, medical providers, and insurance companies.
As a medical coder, you will translate complex diagnoses, procedures, medications, and other doctor's notes into simple, standardized alphanumeric codes. These codes have a few different purposes:
- They enter the patient record to make it easier for their doctor and other providers to refer to and learn about the patient in the future.
- Insurance companies use them to understand what the patient needed and how it might be covered under their policy.
Coders in the medical field are also responsible for maintaining the accuracy of patient records and verifying those records to ensure that insurance companies have everything they need to process billing. Medical terminology, an updated understanding of current coding guidelines, and knowledge of basic medical concepts will all help you succeed in this field.
In today's post-pandemic world, mental health struggles have become increasingly more prevalent, affecting people evenly across every socioeconomic status, age, gender, and geographic location.
Because of this, more resources are available for those who are struggling. MHFA and ASIST courses offer invaluable tools that you can use to help someone facing mental health and substance use challenges and to keep someone safe who has shown signs of suicidal risk.
Let's look at each course and how it can benefit you, your community, and the world around you.
Many factors affect a fetus's development. Some of those you can't change, such as their genetic makeup, hormone levels, and even environmental factors like the air quality where they live. However, other factors can impact the health and development of the fetus, and a big one is nutrition.
An expectant mother's diet provides the essential building blocks for the baby's growth. A healthy diet also gives the mother energy, helping her body adjust to the demands of pregnancy.
But what does it mean to have a healthy diet when you're pregnant? Nutritional needs shift while carrying a baby, and it's important to focus on certain foods to ensure you meet those needs.
Understanding how your brain and nervous system functions helps to explain your physiological and psychological reactions to personal situations. In addition, gaining insight into the impact your social relationships have on your life is critical to understanding why you do the things you do. This knowledge then provides a basis for creating empathy in you toward other people and their motivations.
The following article briefly describes relational neuroscience. You will also learn how studying this branch of knowledge helps you develop greater empathy toward people from other cultures and how they fit into U.S. culture.
Vanessa Timmons has been a writer, activist, and women’s health advocate for over 25 years. She attended Marylhurst University’s Multidisciplinary Studies Program in Portland, Oregon, and has continued her formal education through certificates and training, including the Interpersonal Neurobiology of Trauma Certification Program at Portland State University. Vanessa has served as the Director of Programs at Raphael House of Portland, a Northwest regional field organizer for the National Organization for Women, and the domestic violence program coordinator for the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordination Office, in addition to serving OCADSV in the past as the Women of Color Coordinator and Board Chair.