Archive for ‘women’s health’

August 10th, 2011

Empowering Caregivers: Welcoming them to our Health Activist Community

by Amanda

More than 65 million people provide care for loved ones, averaging 20 hours a week. But, like many words in the health world, “caregiving,” carries around a vague set of meanings and connotations. As I write this, spellcheck is telling me that it isn’t a word (though neither is “spellcheck”) but it is a word and, more importantly it is a whole entity. It’s an act, a title, a career path, and a community of often under-recognized members of healthcare. Let’s bring caregiving into our conversation about Health Activism today.

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April 9th, 2011

HAWMC Day 9

by Amanda

Health Activist Choice. Today’s blog post can be about anything you like. Free write! Whether you want to take inspiration from one of your community members or HAWMCers or just recap your April so far – anything and everything is fair game today. Length, topic, style – all up to you!

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March 18th, 2011

Follow (this Health Activist Endeavor) Friday!

by Amanda

Today I felt inspired by the popular Twitter hashtag extravaganza “Follow Friday” (#FF), where people suggest their favorite Twitter users every Friday. It’s an easy feel-good way to promote the work of others. And it’s great because it gives you new people to add to your feed! Well, I wanted to do our own version to promote awesome endeavors of Health Activists. Whether it’s a new project (like today’s very first HAFF) or an old favorite to revisit – I think this will be a good way to give virtual props to our friends who are working so hard to raise awareness in their communities. It is my hope that HAFF will be a way for you to take a minute, step outside your own health community and conditions-of-interest and learn a bit about someone else’s Health Activism. It’s easy to click “Like” or enter “ReTweet” – so why not take advantage of that and really make a difference in someone’s efforts?

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January 5th, 2011

#My1Thing

by Amanda

If you were to share one thing about your condition – what would it be?

Inspired by Amy’s awesome Women’s Health discussion “One Thing” – we have a challenge for you to bring back to your communities and to your Twitter feeds.

Amy asked: “If you could share one thing, one morsel of women’s health wisdom, with the young women of our world what would it be?” The question inspired some pretty powerful responses and sparked an idea with a few of our Health Activists. What if everyone did this for their own health condition?

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October 21st, 2009

Exclusive Event for Health Activists: "When to See a Reproductive Endocrinologist: 7 Key Factors", with Glenn Schattman, MD, Cornell University

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August 25th, 2009

Join Us: Women’s Health Chat

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Join us on Thursday, September 3rd at 7 PM Eastern for the first-ever Women’s Health Chat on WEGO Health!

This chat is an opportunity to connect with other Women’s Health Activists, ask questions, share resources, and learn about what others are seeing in the community.

We’re thrilled to have Health Activist DinDin joining us for this chat as our Featured Health Activist and Guest Moderator. If you’re not familiar with DinDin, be sure to check out her WEGO Health Profile, as well the LiveJournal community about birth control that she moderates.

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July 9th, 2009

Spotlight Interview with Dawn Stacey from About.com: Contraception

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I would love to see everyone make safe sex choices and reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions. And I love educating people about their birth control choices and having seen firsthand how these decisions affect all of our lives.

Where to find her: About.com: Contraception since 2007 and on Twitter @Dawn_Stacey
Occupation: Writer, Advocate, Professor, Stay-at-Home Mommy

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June 23rd, 2009

Pregnancy and Oral Health

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In a recent study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, scientists tracked the results of a new model of prenatal care, which incorporated dental care for a group of women in rural Kentucky.

Oral health is commonly overshadowed by the other forms of care that women require during pregnancy, including doctors visits, ultrasounds, nutritional care, vitamins and smoking cessation. But a mother’s dental health is actually a crucial factor for the health of her growing fetus. In fact, studies have shown that mothers with periodontal disease may be up to 7 times more likely to deliver a premature or low birthweight baby. And as most women are unaware that they have a periodontal infection, it is crucial that oral care be attended to in pregnant women.

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June 11th, 2009

We Love Stirrup Queens

by admin

Here at WEGO Health we’re always looking for great new resources – sites we know our community members will find helpful and informative. So we’ve created a new series, “WEGO Health Loves”, to share some of our favorite sites for Health Activists.

Check back every week to see our latest crush. We hope you love them just as much as we do!

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June 10th, 2009

Upcoming Focus Group: Women with Birth Control Experiences (Online & Phone)

by admin

In our ongoing work to empower Health Activists, we are holding Community Insight Groups – online focus groups – for people who are active contributors to the online birth control community.

We are holding focus groups in July for women who are currently using birth control, or have in the past. All participants will receive a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate. If you are interested, please stay tuned for details. The confirmed date and next steps will be posted soon.

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