Preventative health screenings are a must for women’s health. She-spark encourages women to be their best selves starting with leading healthy lifestyles and caring for themselves. I got a chance to chat with Monica Ponder, a prominent public health communicator and community activist about what women should look out for and test regularly.
“One of the most overlooked issues by women is preventative health screenings,” said Ponder. “Women should always be aware of what is covered by their insurance, how often they can have screenings and taking advantage of those offerings.”
Preventative health can be the make or break with serious health issues such as heart disease and breast cancer, which affect women especially. Ponder highly recommends taking advantage of free screenings that are offered through health insurance and working with your physician to find out what is right for you.
Here are some tests that women should look out for to start the conversation with a physician:
- Physical exams every 2-3 years
- Mammograms every 1-2 years starting at age 40
- Clinical breast exams every 2-3 years for women in their 20-30’s, every year for women 40 and over
- Pelvic Exam every year for women in their 20’s
- Blood pressure screening every 2 years
There is more to come with Monica Ponder including STD’s, sexual health and how to talk to your partner about getting tested.
Monica Ponder, MS, MSPH
Monica L. Ponder, MS, MSPH
Public Health Communicator and Community Activist
Monica Ponder is a passionate health communications professional with a unique focus on grassroots mobilization. Trained professionally as a chemist and epidemiologist, Monica specializes in translating scientific information and advocating for sound healthcare policy and programs. Monica has worked for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for nearly a decade, supporting internal and external communications for emerging public health issues. Prior to joining CDC, Monica trained clinicians on flu epidemic response for the Fulton County public health department and worked in radio/television production developing health stories for Atlanta’s WAGA/FOX-5 TV station. As a leading community health policy advocate, Monica has had several successes such as advocating for lactation rooms at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (the “world’s busiest airport”), leading a million dollar advancement effort and campaign to reduce hypertension among African American men in the southeast U.S., and supporting state legislation improving health outcomes for women and children, including domestic minor sexual trafficking, Medicaid expansion, Fibroid and Lupus education, and fair Family and Medical Leave policies. Monica also serves on the board of Georgians for a Healthy Future, is a lead advocate for Georgia consumers and communities on the healthcare issues and decisions that impact their lives, and also a former participant of Georgia Women’s Policy Institute and Georgia WIN’s List Leadership Academy. Monica obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Clark Atlanta University and her MSPH in Epidemiology from Emory University.