The month of March is historically dedicated to women. Women are recognized for their activism, history, and ability to change the world for the better. Now more than ever, marches, protests, and days of recognition are vital to continuing that legacy for generations of women to come.
March 8 is International Women's Day. This particular day is dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the social, political, and economic achievements of women around the globe. It is also a day to rally for gender equality. And with the rise of the #MeToo and #Time'sUp movements International Women's Day is both particularly important and relevant. Equally important is the continuing fight for transgender rights and visibility, which includes trans women. As such, this year's theme is "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights."
What's Health Got to do With It?
On IWD, and throughout the month of March, Apicha Community Health Center continues to support women's rights. However, it is also an appropriate moment to address the importance of women's health, which also includes that of trans women.
Access to health care and services is not always a guarantee for some women. Around the world, many women and girls do not have access to medical care. There are economic, political, and social barriers to women's access to health care -- even in 2020. “Despite progress, societies are still failing women in relation to health, most acutely in poor countries and among the poorest women in all countries," said WHO Director of Reproductive Health and Research Dr. Marleen Temmerman stated.
Health concerns like cancer, HIV/AIDS, STIs, mental health, and reproductive health are incredibly important to address among the female population. An individual's health can dictate their ability to live their lives fully and contently. And at Apicha CHC, we take that reality seriously.
At Apicha CHC, we provide comprehensive and culturally competent care. We are aware of existing barriers women, especially women of color and immigrant communities, face when it comes to receiving health care and services.
Why Primary Care Must be a Priority
For many folks, primary care is not always on their radar, and only go to the doctor's when there is an emergency. The importance of having annual physicals and check-ups -- especially if someone has chronic health issues -- should not be ignored.
In other cases, there continues to be fear and stigma surrounding visiting the doctor's, especially within immigrant communities. Additionally, many different cultures resort to home remedies and homeopathic solutions to deal with sickness. At Apicha CHC, we understand the importance of working with communities, and being aware and mindful of beliefs and reservations folks have when receiving health care.
Everyone, including women, should have a primary care provider. There are plenty of benefits to having a primary care provider, which you can learn more about here.
Primary Care Services at Apicha CHC
Apicha CHC is growing and accepting new patients. Here’s what you can expect if you choose us to be your primary care provider (PCP):
- You will have your own PCP who understands you and your health care needs.
- You will receive regular check-ups for diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure.
- You will receive necessary vaccines and cancer screenings appropriate for you.
- If you smoke, we can work with you to help you quit smoking.
- Medication prescriptions and assistance with prior authorizations, which you can pick up at our on-site pharmacy.
- You will be screened for depression and anxiety. If needed, you will have access to Apicha CHC’s on-site Behavioral Health Specialists.
- You can see our Registered Dietitian for nutrition counseling and weight management.
- For the things we cannot address at Apicha CHC, we will help you find a specialist and help coordinate your care.
- You may also have access to reduced cost medication.
Transgender Health Clinic
We are committed to providing whole person, culturally comptetent and inclusive primary medical care to address the distinct needs of transgender and gender non-conforming, gender variant, and genderqueer individuals.
Specific services include: initiation and maintenance of hormone therapy; annual physicals; regular checkups for diabetes; cholesterol, blood pressure, HIV and STD testing; vaccines.
We also provide annual mental health assessments and short term counseling if needed or referral for ongoing therapy. Our case managers can also help you with many things, from helping find you name and gender marker changes, to helping you get gender affirming surgeries.