Women’s Wellness Program planned

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By Cheryl Case

“This year’s Women’s Health Issues program is the 16th annual. Tuesday, April 5 is the date for the program” said Cheryl Case, Chairman of the committee. “Each year we try to educate women on a variety of health topics and preventative measures through our women’s health program” she says.
Programs vary each year to meet the specific needs of Harrison County women. The planning committee uses the previous year’s evaluations and suggestions of the committee members in making choices of speakers and topics.
Many rural communities may find it challenging to keep the community informed of health issues and the importance of having annual exams. This is an opportunity to hear the latest research information on topics without having to leave the community. This is why the following Harrison County organizations formed a Community Coalition: Cynthiana-Harrison County Library, Harrison County Extension Office, Community Action Council, Harrison Memorial Hospital, Harrison County Community Education Center, Hospice of the Bluegrass, Cedar Ridge Health Campus, WEDCO District Health Department, and the Housing Authority of Cynthiana.
The coalition receives financial support to help keep cost low. Tickets are $5 and need to be purchased ahead of time. If you cannot come for the dinner and the entire program, just come for a portion of the program to hear about the topic you are interested in.
Many times, speakers are new doctors in the community and the seminar is their first chance to meet members of the community.
“One of the values of this day is we are able to bring experts into the area for the public to meet and get to know when they normally wouldn’t have access,” said Case.
Participants are more likely to seek doctors out for a follow-up appointment if they get the opportunity to meet them beforehand.
We do not include health screenings in our program as other counties may because it falls so closely to the Community Health Fair where a much more extensive array of tests and screenings are offered.
Last year we had a speaker talk about rheumatoid arthritis. As a follow up to that Dr. James Pettey an orthopedic surgeon at Harrison Memorial Hospital will talk on “Achy Joints” which will answer questions about osteoarthritis as well as rheumatoid.
After Pettey speaks we have enlisted 10 people to talk about what local services are available. Some of the agencies presenting have services you may not be aware.
There will also be osteoporosis screenings available before, during and after the program.
Harrison County’s Women’s Health Issues Seminar begins at 5 p.m. with registration on Tuesday, April 5 at the Harrison County Extension Center, 668 New Lair Road. For more information about the Women’s Health program, contact the Harrison County Extension Office at 234-5510 or one of the committee members or agencies listed above.