Martha Jefferson HealthWise--July 4th

The idea behind MJH for women website is that within two clicks someone can connect with a female health care provider, also know as a Navigator. Pat Cheeks is one of these navigators and is here to explain her role.

She explains that the MJH for women website is a simple way for women to look up information that suits their needs. This also allows easier access to our hospital library and other resources. As a Navigator, I will be functioning as the conduit for specific illnesses and 2 of the life stages. People should take better care of themselves when they have a good understanding of the disease or developmental process. Also, there is referral information a Navigator can connect with--HealthConnection 982-7009. The ultimate goal is trust in ones health care provider. If we have a partner we can trust to work with us -- our doctor/midwife, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant -- we are more likely to ask more questions and be honest about what we really take and our lifestyle. That allows the health care provider to do his/her best work. It's a winning situation all the way around.

The MJH for women website offers some other unique features. It has sections based on stages of life. Our developmental stages have much to do with what is happening to us physically. We are very excited to introduce an electronic (e-newsletter) that women can choose to sign up for. Each month they will receive articles relevant to their areas of interest. We also have a link to Medline if someone wants to search a little bit further on their own.

For those who would to participate or who may need assistance, just go to www.mjhforwomen.org or call 434-982-7009 or 888-652-6663.


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