Introducing the Exclusively Inclusive Podcast!

Introducing Exclusively Inclusive with Erin Everett, NP-C, AAHIVS

I am BEYOND excited to announce the launching of my brand new podcast, Exclusively Inclusive!

As a life-long Ally of the LGBTQ+ community, and after having the privilege of providing high quality, judgment-free healthcare for this population for the last several years, I wanted to take make a bigger impact.

By launching the Exclusively Inclusive podcast, I hope to provide the most up-to-date information on healthcare issues impacting the community for listeners beyond the metro Atlanta area. It is my personal goal to reach listeners across America and the world who might struggling with access to care and to arm them with the knowledge to help advocate for themselves throughout their healthcare journeys.

The primary topics I will cover on the podcast include healthcare issues surrounding:

  • Transgender Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • General Primary Care
  • HIV Prevention & Treatment
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Transgender Surgeries
  • Cost of Healthcare & Insurance
  • Sexual Health

The podcast will feature not just myself, but also local/national experts in healthcare specialties such as:

Again, I can’t tell you how excited I am to launch this podcast, and I hope you’ll give it a listen. I’d also love to hear your feedback on the show, and any questions you might have that I could potentially answer during a segment.

Follow the Podcast!

Website: https://www.exclusivelyinclusivepodcast.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/InclusiveCast

Instagram: https://instagram.com/exclusivelyinclusivepodcast

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExclusivelyInclusive

Alternative Perspectives Interview on Transgender Healthcare

AlternativeTalk.org Podcast on Transgender Healthcare

Recently, Erin Everett, NP-C, AAHIVS, and Dr. Joseph Smiddy of Druid Hills Primary Care were guests on the Gregg Bossen’s Alternative Perspectives podcast.

During the episode, Mr. Bossen asked questions regarding gender dysphoria, transgender rights, access to healthcare, as well as some of the ins-and-outs of hormone replacement therapy.

To listen to the entire episode, visit AlternativeTalk.org.

Sexual Health: The Missing Link in Primary Care

Health promotion and disease prevention are hot topics in primary care these days. With changes in healthcare, employers are being rewarded for keeping their employees low risk for chronic illness. Incentives include discounts for non-tobacco users and deposits into the health savings account for having low cholesterol, A1C, and regular Blood Pressure checks to reduce Hypertension.

Healthcare incentives are a great way to encourage a healthier lifestyle, and hopefully over time statistics will show they work to reduce healthcare costs long term. However, I believe these measures omit an incredibly important aspect of a person’s overall health. Too often people overlook sexual health when discussing health promotion and risk reduction.

With Atlanta having one of the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses and other STI transmissions it is imperative we include sexual health in the overall discussion in primary care.

Promoting HIV Prevention with PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily oral prescription medication (Truvada) used for the prevention of HIV infection. Commercial healthcare insurance providers cover PrEP, and many state funded programs are available to improve access to PrEP. However, many primary care providers have little information on what PrEP is, or think it is just for men who have sex with men. Arming providers with the information they need to prescribe and manage PrEP will allow patients greater access to HIV prevention.

Having conversations about sexual health with your patient may uncover concerns about HIV prevention and also other potential sexual health risk factors. With the rise of antibiotic resistance, it is important to emphasize all STI prevention along with HIV. PrEP advocates also promote barrier methods of STI prevention. It’s important for patients to know they have options.

Be Open with Your Primary Care Provider

Primary care providers, talk to your patients about their sexual health. Ask who they are sleeping with and what kind of behaviors they are engaging in, because preventing HIV and STIs is as important as reducing the risk of coronary artery disease.

Patients, if your primary care provider is not having these discussions with you then bring it up during your next visit. If you do not feel comfortable having these discussions with your provider, it may be time to seek out a new one, because understanding the whole picture of your health is critically important.

If you know anyone who is interested in starting on PrEP for HIV prevention, or wants to know more, feel free to contact me.

Choose Health, Choose the Right Nurse Practitioner for You

When I talk to patients about what it means to be healthy, the responses I receive are largely varied. For some people it means preventing illness and maintaining their current level of functioning, for others it means avoiding a hospital visit this month, quarter, or year.

Health goals vary greatly depending on the age of the patient as well. Adolescents have a much different view of health versus seniors. In order to truly meet and identify what your health goals are, it is important to meet with a practitioner who you trust and can form a strong relationship with. Finding a practitioner who understands your needs, your current health status, and where you see yourself advancing health wise, is essential to your overall wellness.

Tips for Choosing the Right Nurse Practitioner

  1. Take a moment to write down your health goals. Is is weight loss? Better nutrition? Decreasing medications such as blood pressure pills? Having increased mobility?
  2. Once you have identified your individual needs, start asking friends who they see and what they like about their nurse practitioner. Is it that they take the time to explain options? Do they call after hours with lab results? Think about what is most important for you with your relationship with a healthcare provider.
  3. Decide whether or not you are comfortable with alternative therapies or prefer a more traditional approach, or both. Some nurse practitioners heavily subscribe to alternative therapies, while even more stick with traditional medicine. Sometimes finding the right combination of the two is what a patient really desires. Not quick to prescribe antibiotics or chronic meds, but also wary of letting conditions get out of hand.
  4. Find a primary healthcare provider who you can speak open and honestly with. If you do not feel comfortable sharing everything with your provider then it is time to look for a new one. One of the riskiest health decisions you can make is to withhold health information from your primary care providers.

Remember, we are here to serve you and your healthcare needs, not to pass judgement on you. Make sure you keep looking until you find the right nurse practitioner and primary care provider for you!