February Employees of the Month

Healthy Connections is proud to announce our February 2024 Employees of the Month: Charlotte Craig from our West Communities and Andrea Pilcher from our East Communities.

These recognitions are a testament to their outstanding contributions and embodiment of our core values: Community, Compassion, and Excellence. Each month, we celebrate team members who exemplify these principles, making a significant impact in their roles and in the lives of those we serve.

Charlotte Craig, a billing specialist who has been with Healthy Connections since 2017, works remotely to ensure the seamless operation of our financial services. Charlotte’s role is critical in maintaining the efficiency and effectiveness of our billing processes, directly affecting our ability to care for patients and support our staff. A colleague’s nomination praised her, stating, “Charlotte is extremely knowledgeable and always willing to help anyone. She is so kind and good-hearted, truly wanting the best for our patients and coworkers. She strives to ensure that our patients are taken care of in a timely manner, demonstrating her commitment to compassion and excellence in every task she undertakes.”

Andrea Pilcher, our East Communities winner, has been a pivotal part of Healthy Connections since 2016, serving as a Clinical Territory Lead at the Hot Springs Central clinic. Andrea’s role is instrumental in mentoring new nurses and providers, ensuring they receive top-notch training and support. Her dedication to excellence is evident in the way she goes above and beyond for her team, as highlighted by a coworker: “She provides excellent training and has ensured that both nurses and providers’ onboarding experience and training are of the highest quality.” Andrea’s efforts significantly enhance our clinical operations, contributing to the overall health and well-being of our communities.

We are delighted to honor Charlotte Craig and Andrea Pilcher for their exceptional contributions to Healthy Connections. Their dedication to our pillars of Community, Compassion, and Excellence not only strengthens our team but also inspires others to achieve their best. Congratulations to both Charlotte and Andrea on this well-deserved recognition.

Guide to Prenatal Infection Prevention

By Dr. Kara Worley
OBGYN
Healthy Connections

Dr. Kara Worley

Embarking on the journey of pregnancy is an extraordinary experience filled with hope, anticipation, and a profound sense of responsibility. As we observe International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month this February,

I am here to emphasize the importance of prenatal infection prevention. This month serves as a vital reminder for expectant mothers to adopt practices that safeguard their health and the well-being of their unborn babies. Understanding and implementing strategies to prevent infections during pregnancy is essential for the well-being of both mother and child.

Understanding Prenatal Infections

The risk of prenatal infections, including urinary tract infections (UTIs), group B streptococcus, and the Zika virus, is a significant concern during pregnancy. Awareness and preventive measures are key to protecting both expectant mothers and their babies from these potential threats. By incorporating effective pregnancy health practices into your daily routine, you can significantly reduce these risks.

Best Practices for Prenatal Infection Prevention

Hygiene and Diet

Good hygiene and a nutritious diet are foundational in preventing prenatal infections. Essential pregnancy hygiene tips, such as frequent handwashing, avoiding raw or undercooked meats, and steering clear of cat litter, can help prevent toxoplasmosis and other infections.

Regular Prenatal Visits

Consistent prenatal care is critical for monitoring both your health and your baby’s development. These visits allow for the early detection and treatment of any potential issues, ensuring a safer pregnancy.

Vaccinations During Pregnancy

Vaccinations play a crucial role in prenatal care, protecting both you and your unborn child from various infections. It’s important to discuss with your healthcare provider the vaccinations recommended during pregnancy, such as the flu shot and the Tdap vaccine.

Environmental Awareness

Being mindful of your environment is also crucial in preventing prenatal infections. Protect yourself against mosquito-borne diseases like the Zika virus by using insect repellent, and avoid areas with known disease outbreaks.

Local Resources for Prenatal Care in the Hot Springs Area

At Healthy Connections, we are committed to providing comprehensive maternal health services to the Hot Springs Area community. Our team of experts is ready to support you with best prenatal care practices for a healthy pregnancy.

Take Action During International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

As we mark International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, let’s take proactive steps toward safeguarding our pregnancies. To schedule your appointment and begin your journey toward a healthy pregnancy in the Hot Springs Area, call us at 888-710-8220.

For more information on prenatal care and to access valuable resources, visit Healthy Connections OB/GYN. Our website offers comprehensive guidance to support you through a healthy, informed pregnancy.

Ensuring a Healthy Start for Your Baby

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month is a time to focus on the importance of preventing infections during pregnancAy. By engaging with recommended healthcare practices, you’re not only protecting yourself but also providing a healthier start for your child. At Healthy Connections, we’re here to support you every step of the way, ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy for you and your baby in the Hot Springs Area.

Take the steps today towards a healthy tomorrow for your baby. We look forward to being a part of your support system and celebrating the joy of a healthy pregnancy together.

Dr. Kara Worley is an OBGYN with Healthy Connections in Hot Springs, Arkadelphia, and Malvern. Her enthusiastic approach makes her the ideal choice to guide you through your pregnancy. And her #DeliveredByMomCaughtByDrWorley philosophy tells you all you need to know about her. Call 888-710-8220 for appointments. Visit https://healthy-connections.org/ob for information.

 

The Four C’s of HIV Care and the Power of U=U

Navigating a Healthier Future: The Four C’s of Comprehensive HIV Care and the Power of U=U

By Dr. Sharon Meador MD
Physician
Healthy Connections

Sharon Meador, MD

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.

Dr. Sharon Meador is a dedicated physician at the Little Rock Midtown clinic of Healthy Connections, a Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC) celebrating more than 25 years of community care. As a certified HIV Specialist, Dr. Meador provides primary care, HIV treatment, MAT, LGBTQ+ services, PrEP, and more. She is also a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Medical Provider. For appointments, call 888-710-8220. Discover how we embody our philosophy of Community, Compassion, and Excellence at www.healthy-connections.org.

Introducing Horizons: Your Health, Our Experts

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.

Visit us today at https://healthy-connections.org/horizons and take the first step towards a healthier tomorrow. Your health. Our experts. Your journey to wellness starts here.

Reclaim Your Vitality with Biote Hormone Pellet Therapy

By Dr. Pittman Moore
OBGYN
Healthy Connections

Imagine waking up feeling energized, not exhausted. Imagine facing the day with a clear mind and sharp focus, instead of battling brain fog. Imagine finally getting a restful night’s sleep, leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to conquer anything. If these scenarios seem like a distant dream, you’re not alone. Millions of women struggle with hormonal imbalances that can wreak havoc on their well-being, impacting their energy, mood, sleep, and overall health.

Pittman Moore, MD

Pittman Moore, MD

But there’s good news! At Healthy Connections, we offer a revolutionary approach to hormonal health: Biote Hormone Pellet Therapy. Unlike traditional methods that simply replace hormones, Biote takes a precision-based approach, mimicking your body’s natural rhythm with tiny, bioidentical hormone pellets inserted under the skin. This innovative method delivers stable hormone levels throughout the day, ensuring you experience the full benefits without the fluctuations common with other therapies.

Reclaim Your Energy and Zest for Life

Are you tired of feeling drained and sluggish? Does fatigue hold you back from enjoying your activities and living life to the fullest? Biote can help you reclaim your energy and vitality. Say goodbye to the afternoon slump and experience sustained energy throughout the day. Imagine feeling motivated, focused, and ready to tackle whatever comes your way with renewed enthusiasm.

Sharpen Your Focus and Embrace Mental Clarity

Does brain fog leave you feeling forgetful, frustrated, and unable to concentrate? Biote can help you reclaim your mental clarity. Imagine thinking clearly, remembering details easily, and feeling mentally sharp. Improved focus can enhance your productivity at work, enrich your relationships, and allow you to enjoy activities that require cognitive engagement.

Finally, Get the Restful Sleep You Deserve

Do you struggle to fall asleep or wake up feeling tired even after a full night’s rest? Biote can help you regulate your sleep patterns and finally get the restful sleep you deserve. Imagine drifting off to sleep easily, waking up feeling refreshed and energized, and enjoying the myriad health benefits of quality sleep.

Tailored Support for Women

Whether you’re experiencing the challenges of perimenopause or menopause, or simply seeking to optimize your well-being, Biote offers personalized solutions tailored specifically to women’s needs. Manage symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings naturally, without resorting to synthetic hormones. Achieve your unique goals and feel your best throughout every stage of life.

Beyond Mood, Sleep, and Energy

The benefits of Biote extend far beyond improved mood, sleep, and energy. This innovative therapy can also:

  • Strengthen your bones: Reduce your risk of osteoporosis and experience improved bone density.
  • Boost your heart health: Enjoy better blood flow and a reduced risk of certain heart-related issues.
  • Promote weight management: Achieve a healthy weight more easily with improved metabolic function.
  • Enhance your libido: Experience a renewed zest for intimacy and enjoy a more fulfilling relationship.

Don’t Let Hormonal Imbalance Hold You Back

You deserve to feel your best, both physically and emotionally. Don’t let hormonal imbalances hold you back from living a vibrant and fulfilling life. At Healthy Connections, our dedicated team of compassionate and experienced providers is here to guide you through the Biote journey. We understand your concerns and will address them openly and honestly. We’ll answer your questions, ensure you feel comfortable every step of the way and work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals.

Take the First Step Towards a Healthier, Happier You

Contact Healthy Connections today to schedule a consultation and learn more about Biote Hormone Pellet Therapy. Let us help you reclaim your energy, clarity, and vitality and experience the transformative power of a balanced hormonal system. We have convenient locations throughout Arkansas, staffed by amazing providers who are passionate about helping women achieve optimal well-being.

Remember, you’re not alone. We’re here to support you on your journey to a healthier, happier you. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask us anything!

Call us at (888) 710-8220 or visit www.healthy-connections.org/biote to schedule your consultation today.

Dr. Pittman Moore is a OBGYN with Healthy Connections. He sees patients for women’s health, gynecology, and Biote at several locations, including Arkadelphia, Hot Springs Central, Hot Springs Village, Haskell, Little Rock Midtown, and Russellville. Call 888-710-8220 for appointments.

OBGYN Moore Talks About Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

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.

See the story here.     Watch the video here.

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.