Public Health

Growing up: health education

Do you remember the first time you took yourself to the doctor or health care professional? Was it for an injury or illness? Maybe your first ob/gyn visit? Or
a vaccination.

Did you know what questions to ask? Did you feel like you explained your symptoms properly? Did you know what treatment to choose? Did you feel comfortable?

During childhood and adolescents, we rely on our caretakers for our health care and wellness education. When we become adults we are responsible for our own health care and wellness. It may seem as if one day we find ourselves navigating the complex US healthcare system and insurance providers alone.

Throughout our lives we rely on our community, education systems, and workplaces to provide us with proper health education information.

Health anxiety & medical care avoidance

There are many reasons why individuals avoid medical care, however, when the avoidance results in a lack of preventative and medical care, individuals are more likely to have inadequate outcomes when it comes to their health.

A study found that one-third of adults had skipped medical visits that had been deemed necessary. When evaluating the data, they could not pin-point avoidance behavior to one geographical area, socioeconomic status, or demographic — clearly, this is a global issue.