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.
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!
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?
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?
Exclusive Event for Health Activists: "When to See a Reproductive Endocrinologist: 7 Key Factors", with Glenn Schattman, MD, Cornell University
- Valuable insight to help women online to make informed decisions
- In-depth medical updates - usually reserved for physicians – about the factors that all TTC women should consider
- Exclusive direct access to Dr. Schattman during our live Q&A session
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.
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.
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!
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.