April 2015 Focus of the Month

                                       April 2015  


Taking Care of You

When you feel sick: what do you do? Your reaction to symptoms of an illness is medical self care. The more informed you are about your health and when to seek professional medical care the better off you will be. Health care is a team effort.  It is important that you understand how to take care of you.

Good health care begins with good communication. However, research indicates that about half of adults in this country have problems understanding health information. Take steps to make sure you understand the information your provider has given you. Research shows that patients who have a good relationship with their providers receive better care and are happier with the care they receive.

  • Be an informed healthcare consumer

  • Maintain a personal health record

  • Ask questions until you understand

  • Learn ways to take care of yourself and prevent illness

  • Share your health goals with your provider

  • Work with your health care team to manage health conditions and improve the quality of your life

Sources: Welcoa, AHRQ

Text Box: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program              

Are you living with a chronic disease? This 6-week course is designed for anyone who is living with a chronic condition and wants to meet others who have similar concerns. This program will give you the tools needed to learn how to manage and improve your health, as well as enhance communication with your healthcare providers. Each participant may bring a family member or friend to the class.

May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, June 2nd, 9th, 2015

Tuesdays, 2pm - 4pm

Willowbrook Office Complex - 2nd floor in the Wellness Office

Participants who attend 5 out of the 6 classes will receive a $25 gift card!

For more information or to enroll, please contact: WMHS Community Health & Wellness

Phone: 240-964-8424 or Email: jmthomas@wmhs.com

Offered in collaboration with Allegany County HRDC.