How to help women start their own healthcare journey

Jan 29, 2020
How to help women start their own healthcare journey

From sexual health to menopause, bone health to bladder issues, women have so much to think about when it comes to aging well that it often can be overwhelming.

That’s why HealthyWomen, a nonprofit women’s health information source, aims to educate, engage and inspire women to take control of their health and the health of their families. Accurate, evidence-based tools and resources women is the key to making informed decisions, the organization believes.

Beth Battaglino, RN, Chief Executive Officer and Lisa Meindel, Director of Marketing and Communications, offer their Hints and Tips encouraging women to start – and stay –on their own personal healthcare journey.

  • Ask your doctor what’s a normal part of aging

We believe that, first and foremost, women should understand what they should accept as a normal part of aging. Take overactive bladder (OAB) as an example. Many women experience OAB, but there’s still stigma associated with it, as well as a long-held belief that it is a normal part of the aging process.

At HealthyWomen, it’s all about educating our audience on those areas of health that women are still feeling uncomfortable talking about in 2019 – and making sure women have accurate information and resources so they can be proactive in having a conversation about their own health.

Our goal is to give women the information they need to ask the right questions of their healthcare provider so that they can get the answer they need to make the choices right for them.

  • Find your tribe

Many of the women who come to our website are looking for more information on conditions that they or a friend or family member are experiencing — and it’s usually the first step of that patient’s journey.

At HealthyWomen, we try to address the gamut of women’s health and wellness. We love to hold each woman’s hand at the start of the journey either as a patient or as a caregiver. Once she’s been given a diagnosis by her healthcare provider, we want to help her get to the advocacy organization working in that therapeutic area and has the additional resources and communities she needs.

  • Make the most of your appointments

Medical appointments can be overwhelming because patients have such a limited time in that office with their provider. We aim to help by arming women with medically vetted information, including, sometimes, a downloadable list of questions that can take with them to help guide the conversation.

  • Talk about it

We recognize there’s a big gap in information around aging well for women, particularly during perimenopause and postmenopause. We hear women say, “I know I’m going through something like perimenopause, or I feel like I’m going through menopause, I’m getting hot flashes but I’m not sure what it is.”

At HealthyWomen, we want to fill that gap by providing the latest information and resources that women need to talk about their health and to make the decisions that are right for them. We also work to remind them of the importance of listening to their healthcare provider and having a successful ongoing conversation with them to live a healthy life.

 

How to help women start their own healthcare journey

Beth, who is the Chief Executive Officer at HealthyWomen, brings a unique combination of sharp business expertise and women’s health insight to her leadership of the organization. Beth has worked in the health care industry for more than 25 years helping to define and drive public education programs on a broad range of women’s health issues. She launched and has expanded the HealthyWomen.org brand. As a result of her leadership, HealthyWomen was recognized as one of the top 100 women’s health web sites by Forbes for three consecutive years, and was recognized by Oprah magazine as one of the top women’s health web sites. HealthyWomen now connects to millions of women across the country through its wide program distribution and innovative use of technology.

Beth is responsible for the business development and strategic positioning of HealthyWomen. She creates partnerships with key health care professionals and consumer groups to provide strategic, engaging and informative award-winning programs. She serves as the organization’s chief spokesperson, regularly participating in corporate, non-profit, community and media events. She also is a practicing nurse in maternal child health at Riverview Medical Center- Hackensack Meridian Health, in Red Bank, NJ

In addition to her nursing degree, Beth holds degrees in political science, business and public administration from Marymount University.

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