If you are a woman, make this week—National Women’s Health Week (May 13-19) – the time you renew your pledge to put your health at the top of your priority list. “It’s Your Time.” Start by visiting your health care provider to get a check-up. If you don’t have a regular health care provider, find a Michigan Health Center near you – go to www.mpca.net and type your zip code into the Health Center locator. Regular checkups are vital to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections, and other conditions.
Health Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration are located in communities all across Michigan, and over half (57.7%) of Michigan Health Center patients are women. Health Centers provide a full range of women’s health services to help you stay healthy. They offer check-ups when you’re well, and treatment when you’re sick. You can rely on them for complete and timely care when you’re pregnant, as well as adult immunizations for you and immunizations and well-child care for your children. They offer dental care, discount prescription drugs, and mental health and substance abuse care if you need it. You can learn more about nutrition, parenting, and other health topics at educational classes. And you can be screened for cervical cancer, breast cancer, HIV, and sexually transmitted diseases.
What’s more, Health Centers welcome everyone and they provide services even if you don’t have insurance or you can’t afford to pay much—fees are based on family income. Health Center staff will even help you get to your appointment if you have trouble accessing transportation, and they will provide care for you in the language you speak.
Health Centers are also connected to other community resources aimed at helping you stay healthy. Below are just a few programs you may want to learn more about:
Text4Baby: Sign up to get free text messages throughout your pregnancy and your baby’s first year on topics like prenatal care, baby health, and parenting.
Plan First!: Provides free family planning services for eligible non-pregnant women aged 19 through 44.
1-800-642-3195 or http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Plan_First_brochure5_1_163972_7.pdf
Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program: This state funded program provides for clinical breast exams and pelvic exams with pap smear for eligible women between the ages of 40-64 years old. It also offers patient counseling and education and referral for mammogram, if needed. http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2940_2955-13487–,00.html
WISEWOMAN Program: Provides chronic disease risk factor screening and lifestyle intervention for Michigan women with little or no insurance. In order to be enrolled in WISEWOMAN, a woman must first be in the Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program.
Michigan Tobacco Quitline: The Michigan Tobacco Quitline offers free information and referral to all Michigan residents. You may also qualify for free one-on-one coaching and nicotine replacement therapy to help you quit.
Women, Infants, and Children Program: The WIC Program provides free food, nutrition counseling, and health screening services for more than 20,000 pregnant women, women who have just had a baby, and children up to age five each month in Michigan.
Maternal & Infant Health Program: MIHP is a program for all Michigan women with Medicaid health insurance who are pregnant and all infants with Medicaid. It provides support to promote healthy pregnancies, good birth outcomes, and healthy infants.
AIDS Testing Site Locators: Today, about one in four Americans living with HIV are women. Know your status and prevent infection. Act Against AIDS (http://www.actagainstaids.org/) and AIDS Partnership Michigan (800-872-AIDS http://www.aidspartnership.org/) are two resources to learn more about AIDS and find an HIV testing site near you.
There are over 190 Health Center delivery sites located in communities across the state. They are already the health care home for nearly 600,000 Michigan residents, and they want to partner with you to help you stay healthy. Visit www.mpca.net to find a Michigan Health Center near you.