Health Care & Wellness

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There are three types of health care in the United States:

  1. Preventive Health Care (Non-emergency services): Physical, dental, and mental health care services are provided by community clinics or private physicians' offices.
  2. Urgent Care: Hospital Emergency Room = ER
  3. Emergency Services - Dial 911

Important things about healthy living:

  • It is crucial for you and your family to establish a medical home to stay healthy and receive care when someone in your family gets sick. Urgent care clinics are meant to be used when you do not have any other alternative and need to be seen right away. If you have an emergency medical situation, you should call 911 or go immediately to the emergency room at the hospital of your preference. If you need to use an ambulance, Lincoln Fire and Rescue will provide the service but you will be responsible for paying the bill. It will be mailed to you within a few days or so.
  • There are several diseases that can be prevented if you make sure your children receive their routine childhood vaccinations. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a comprehensive parents' guide for childhood immunizations.
  • Having a balanced diet and limiting sugary drinks and fast food will prevent your body from suffering a serious health condition and obesity. You do not have to deprive yourself from eating; you just have to choose more nutritious foods and eat smaller portions. The more color, more diverse and fresher ingredients you introduce to your diet the better: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, proteins, and dairy. Water is a vital part of our diet; our body needs at least 8 glasses of water a day. Lack of water could cause headaches, feeling tired, and low energy. Try to avoid salty and frozen or pre-packaged food.
  • Eat with your family whenever possible. Dinner time is a great opportunity to build a strong relationship with our children and learn what is going in their life, school, and friends. Turn off the TV to maximize that time.
  • Spending time outside and being active is fun and good for your body and mind. Walking, running, playing soccer, basketball, biking, swimming, or just jumping rope are examples of activities you could enjoy practicing during the year outdoors and indoors. Take advantage of the extensive and inviting parks and trails that Lincoln, Nebraska has to offer. Children love to spend time with you at the playground or public pools.

Be careful and pay attention to:

  • Brushing your teeth three (3) times a day and flossing. Use a tooth paste with fluoride. Visit your dentist at least once a year. DO NOT wait until you have a toothache or your face is swollen. Children who are exposed to long periods of time with sugary drinks, candy, or milk are at greater risk of suffering early cavities.
  • If you have been exposed to severe trauma or a form of violence in your life, be alert to recognize any warning signs of mental illness. Mood swings, social withdrawal, apathy, aggressiveness, anxiety, panic episodes, feeling sad or overwhelmed, loss of appetite, or lack of hygiene are signs or symptoms you should be concerned. Do not be embarrassed to talk to somebody you trust if you present any of these signs and seek medical attention.
  • The United States has strict regulations to follow about injury prevention and safe kids. Young children need to be transported in a safety child car seat from the time they are born until they reach a specific weight and height. Talk to the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department if you need assistance installing a car seat. Children must wear a helmet to ride a bike or practice certain sports. Never leave your child unattended around water. Keep household cleaning supplies and yard chemicals locked if you have young children or babies. Pay attention to cold medicine if you have youth living in the household.
  • Be cautious if you are prescribed strong narcotics or medicine by your physician. Make sure you follow the doctor's directions. Do not stop any medication until it is advised by your physician, even if you are feeling great. Keep all medications locked away and out of the reach of children.
  • To prevent drug use in youth, stay connected with them. Set a good example and have frequent open conversations. Strengthen the relationship with your children and be a good listener.

Community Clinics for Underinsured and Uninsured People

Access Nebraska / NE Medicaid

Medical Eligibility - 402-473-7000
Economic Assistance - 402-323-3900

Clinic with a Heart

1701 S. 17th Street, Suite 4G, Lincoln, NE 68502

Phone - 402-421-2924
Fax - 888-317-8608

Health 360 / Lancaster County Medical Society

4600 Valley Road, Suite 250, Lincoln, NE 68510

Phone - 402-483-4800
Fax - 402-483-4802

Health Hub / Center for People in Need

3901 North 27th Street, Unit 1, Lincoln, NE 68521

Phone - 402-476-4357
Fax - 402-476-4358

Health Insurance Marketplace / Community Action Partnership

210 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone - 402-471-4515

Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department

3140 N St, Lincoln, NE 68510

Phone - 402-441-8000
Fax - 402-441-6229

Lutheran Family Services

2201 S 17th Street Lincoln, NE 68502

Phone - 402-441-7940
Toll Free - 866-721-6229
Fax - 402-441-8625

  • Individual, Couples and Family Counseling Services
  • Substance Abuse treatment (Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient)
  • At Ease® - Trauma treatment and therapeutic support for active military, veterans and their loved ones
  • Refugee Services
  • Pre- and Post-Adoption Services
  • Pregnancy Counseling Services
  • PCIT (Parent/Child Interaction Therapy)
  • CPP (Child/Parent Psychotherapy)
Lutheran Family Services - Behavioral Health

2201 S 17th Street - Lincoln, NE 68502

Phone - 402-441-7940

  • Outpatient mental health services
  • Community support
  • Medication management
People's City Mission - Free Clinic

401 North 2nd Street, Lincoln, NE 68505

Phone - 402-817-0980

People's Health Center

1021 N. 27th Street, Lincoln, NE 68503

Medical Clinic - 402-476-1455
Dental Clinic - 402-476-1640

PIER (Partners in Empowerment and Recovery) Office

A collaboration between CenterPointe, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and the Community Mental Health Center of Lancaster County.

2000 P Street, Lincoln, NE 68503

Phone - 402-435-4044

Services for the severe and persistent mentally ill:

  • Medication management
  • Vocational support
  • Social skills training
  • Assistance with daily living skills
  • Substance abuse education and treatment
  • Bilingual/Bicultural Service Coordination
  • Family support
  • Relapse prevention
  • Therapy
  • Wellness education
  • Crisis intervention
TASC Targeted Adult Services Coordination

643 S. 25th, Suite 11, Lincoln, NE 68510

Phone - 402-474-0419
Fax - 402-474-0429

  • Crisis Response Teams (CRT)
  • Emergency Community Support (ERCS)
  • Intensive Care Management
  • Bilingual/Bicultural Service Coordination