In the face of HIV, a disease that has touched countless lives globally, our mission at Healthy Connections has never been more critical. As we navigate the complexities of HIV care, our guiding principles, rooted in the Four C’s: Crisis, Condoms, Cultures, and Community, are bolstered by the transformative message of U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable). This pivotal concept underscores that effectively treating HIV to the point where the virus becomes undetectable in blood tests results in zero risk of transmission through sex or from mother to child, marking a monumental step in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Crisis: The First Step is Knowledge
The HIV epidemic remains a pressing health crisis, with an estimated 1.2 million people worldwide living with HIV. Confidential testing is the cornerstone of our approach, allowing individuals to gain vital knowledge about their status and the latest in treatment advancements. Understanding that nearly 20% of people living with HIV are unaware of their condition, we advocate for everyone to be tested at least once. The journey to managing HIV often begins with a simple step: taking one pill a day. This treatment approach has transformed HIV into a manageable condition, significantly enhancing quality of life.
Condoms: More Than Prevention
Condoms stand as our first line of defense against HIV transmission. Their correct and consistent use can dramatically reduce the risk of HIV, underscoring our dedication to sexual health education and access to condoms. Beyond HIV, condoms are instrumental in preventing other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), reinforcing their role in a comprehensive sexual health strategy.
Cultures: Embracing Diversity with Sensitivity
Understanding and respecting cultural differences is essential in our approach to HIV prevention and care. Our services are designed to be culturally sensitive, acknowledging the diverse beliefs and practices that influence health behaviors. This respect for diversity enhances our ability to connect with communities on a deeper level, fostering an environment where everyone feels seen and supported.
Community: A United Front Against Stigma
Our final ‘C’ highlights the indispensable role of the community in overcoming HIV-related stigma and discrimination. By fostering a supportive network through HIV support groups and comprehensive care services, we strive to create a space where individuals can find not just medical care but also a sense of belonging and acceptance.
U=U: A Message of Hope and Transformation
The U=U campaign is a beacon of hope, offering a powerful testament to the advances in HIV treatment. By achieving and maintaining an undetectable viral load, individuals living with HIV can lead healthy, fulfilling lives without fear of transmitting the virus to others. This message is integral to our education and treatment strategies, emphasizing that with proper treatment, HIV is not a barrier to a full, healthy life.
At Healthy Connections, we are committed to a world where comprehensive HIV care is accessible to all, guided by the principles of Community, Compassion, and Excellence. Join us in this vital journey by reaching out for testing, treatment, and support. We have locations throughout central and western Arkansas that can provide help and hope. Call us at 888-710-8220. Learn more about our services at https://healthy-connections.org.
Together, we can navigate a healthier future for everyone affected by HIV.
Welcome to Horizons, the official blog of Healthy Connections, where “Your Health. Our Experts.” is not just a tagline—it’s our commitment to you. As we continue to celebrate more than 25 years of serving the communities of Western and Central Arkansas, we’re excited to launch a platform that brings you closer to the wealth of knowledge our health professionals hold. Horizons is found at https://healthy-connections.org/horizons, your new go-to resource for health tips, advice, and information.
At Healthy Connections, we understand that navigating the world of health and wellness can sometimes feel overwhelming. That’s why we’ve created Horizons—a space where our expert providers, including doctors, APRNs, PAs, dentists, hygienists, therapists, and more, share their insights, experiences, and advice to empower you on your health journey.
What You Can Expect from Horizons
Expert Advice: Our blog features content written by our diverse team of healthcare providers. From the latest OBGYN tips to effective exercise routines, from dental care best practices to mental health support, our experts cover a wide range of topics to ensure your health needs are met.
Practical Health Tips: Horizons is designed to offer practical, actionable advice that you can incorporate into your daily life. Whether it’s strategies for managing stress, nutritional guidance, or preventive care measures, our goal is to help you live a healthier, happier life.
Latest Health News and Research: Stay informed with the latest health news and research explained in clear, understandable language. Our providers break down complex medical information into digestible insights, keeping you informed and engaged with the newest developments in healthcare.
Join Us on the Journey
As part of our philosophy built on Community, Compassion, and Excellence, we believe that informed patients make empowered patients. Horizons is more than just a blog; it’s a reflection of our dedication to providing comprehensive, patient-centered care.
We invite you to explore Horizons, bookmark our page, and join us as we embark on this new chapter. Together, let’s create a future where health and wellness are accessible to all, supported by the knowledge and expertise of Healthy Connections’ trusted providers.
As a Family Nurse Practitioner at Healthy Connections, I want to discuss the crucial topics of HIV and Hepatitis C testing and treatment openly. In today’s landscape, where these viruses persist at concerning rates, many individuals remain unaware of their infection or hesitate to undergo testing. My mission is clear: to enlighten and motivate anyone at risk to seize control of their health by embracing testing and, if needed, commencing treatment promptly.
Breaking the Stigma: Accessible, Judgment-Free Testing
At Healthy Connections, we understand the fear and anxiety associated with an HIV or Hep C diagnosis. That’s why testing at our clinics is not only quick and convenient but also judgment-free. Patients are screened for Hep C and HIV through a standard blood test, ensuring that anyone who steps through our doors has the opportunity to know their status with dignity and privacy. We aim to discuss your results with compassion and care, providing support and guidance regardless of the outcome.
Guiding You to Wellness: Seamless Treatment Access and Support
For those who test positive for Hepatitis C, we provide a thorough treatment strategy that starts with further testing to assess how the virus has affected the liver. This allows us to tailor a treatment plan suited to the individual’s needs, typically involving an 8-week or 12-week course of medication. To ensure the success of the treatment, we schedule follow-up lab visits to evaluate the effectiveness of the therapy, offering a supportive and comprehensive care system throughout the treatment process.
Expertise Near You: Healthy Connections Locations and Specialists
With locations throughout Central and Western Arkansas, Healthy Connections is committed to offering accessible, high-quality care for HIV and Hepatitis C. Our team of specialists is dedicated to supporting you through your health journey, providing expert care, counseling, and continuous health monitoring. Call us at 888-710-8220 or find a location on our website.
Thriving Through Challenges: Empowering Patients to Live Vibrantly
Living with HIV or Hep C presents its unique challenges, but at Healthy Connections, we empower our patients to thrive. Through adherence to prescribed medications, regular health check-ups, and the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits, our patients can manage their conditions effectively. We also emphasize the importance of safer practices to prevent transmission and the benefits of connecting with supportive communities.
Urgent Call to Action: Get Tested Today for a Healthier Tomorrow
If you’re at risk for HIV or Hep C, don’t delay getting tested. Healthy Connections offers swift, compassionate testing services, ready to support you regardless of the outcome. Schedule your testing appointment by calling 888-710-8220 and take the first step towards securing your health. Our clinics accept Medicaid, Medicare, and most health insurance plans, and offer a sliding fee scale for qualifying uninsured patients, ensuring that everyone has access to vital testing and treatment services.
Your health and well-being are our highest priorities at Healthy Connections. Let us guide you towards a healthier and happier future. Together, we can tackle the challenges of HIV and Hepatitis C, empowering you to lead a vibrant, fulfilling life.
Healthy Connections’ Dr. Pittman Moore, OBGYN, recently appeared in The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs to discuss National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and the importance of getting screenings done regularly.
Dr. Moore sees patients at several Healthy Connections locations throughout Arkansas.
He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2008. He is a Board Certified OB/GYN with an expertise in advanced pelvic surgery, urogynecology issues, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BioTe).
His practice also offers the evaluation and treatment of urinary incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, menopause treatment, pelvic floor reconstructive surgery, and laparoscopic hysterectomy which offers shorter hospitalization, less pain, and quicker recovery. He also offers, in office, Co2 laser procedures for the treatment of multiple gynecologic issues.
He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Urological Society, American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery, International Society of Cosmetic Gynecology, and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
Schedule appointments with Dr. Moore by calling 888-710-8220.
Update: As of now, all clinics will attempt to open at 10 a.m. on Monday. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and could make further changes to the schedule. We will continue to keep this page updated as schedule changes arise. Thank you all for your continued support during the past week amidst various weather-related schedule adjustments. Feel free to reach out to us at 888-710-8220 for any questions or if you need clarification about your appointment. We appreciate your understanding.
This milestone demonstrates Healthy Connections providers’ dedication to pushing the boundaries of women’s care and offering patients advanced treatment options.
Enhanced Recovery, Minimized Impact
The Da Vinci system’s precision translates to a significantly improved surgical experience for patients. Compared to traditional methods, robot-assisted surgery boasts:
40 percent reduction in blood loss
30 percent smaller incisions
25 percent faster recovery times
These benefits not only ensure a quicker return to everyday life for patients but also contribute to an overall improved patient experience, marked by reduced pain and discomfort.
Women’s Health Services with Dr. Pittman Moore
Dr. Moore provides women’s health services and bioidentical hormones at several Healthy Connections locations in Arkansas. His services also include evaluation and treatment of urinary incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, menopause treatment, pelvic floor reconstructive surgery, and laparoscopic (and now Da Vinci assisted) hysterectomy. Additionally, he treats both women and men with Biote bioidentical hormone treatment.
Strengthening the Team, Broadening Expertise
Further expanding its comprehensive women’s health program, Healthy Connections welcomes Dr. Kara Worley, a seasoned OBGYN with extensive expertise in obstetrics. Dr. Worley’s arrival bolsters the program’s scope, offering expert prenatal care, delivery options, and postpartum support. Patients across the region now have access to Dr. Worley’s specialized skills at various Healthy Connections locations, including NPMC where she delivers babies.
Seamless and Supportive:
Healthy Connections prioritizes a patient-centric approach, seamlessly blending the community focus of a Federally Qualified Health Center with the personalized care of a private practice. This translates to:
Integrated records: Access your medical history and test results easily and securely through our patient portal.
Dedicated support teams: Get personalized guidance and assistance from knowledgeable professionals throughout your journey.
This stress-free and empowering healthcare experience ensures every woman feels heard, understood, and supported.
Experience the Difference
Drs. Moore and Worley, and the entire Healthy Connections team, provide women throughout Western and Central Arkansas with access to compassionate care. Whether you require routine checkups, advanced treatments, or simply want to explore the benefits of robot-assisted surgery for procedures like hysterectomy or myomectomy, take the first step towards enhanced women’s healthcare – schedule your consultation today!
About Healthy Connections
Healthy Connections is a cornerstone of medical, dental, and behavioral health services in Western and Central Arkansas. Driven by a commitment to Community, Compassion, and Excellence, they continue to redefine healthcare accessibility and quality across the region.