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Preventive health care focuses on promoting good health and preventing disease, disability and death in individuals and communities.
Wayne Health’s multidisciplinary primary care team offers a comprehensive array of preventive health screenings and care with quick access to a full range of specialists, should you need it.
A study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that access to health care and preventive health services is unequal, as is the quality of care received. Wayne Health has a long history of addressing health disparities and in caring for vulnerable populations, leading to our establishment of a Center for Population Health Accountability (CPHA) in Midtown Detroit.
Wayne Health Family Medicine physicians are foundational to the CPHA, which is dedicated to helping families to improve their overall health with an integrated continuum of adult and pediatric primary medical and behavioral care.
Some of Wayne Health’s preventive health care services include:
Immunizations help keep you and your child from getting certain diseases that can be spread to other people (infectious diseases). They also help reduce the spread of disease to others and prevent epidemics. Immunizations are also called vaccines or vaccinations.
If you get a vaccine, it may not completely prevent you from getting a disease. But it does make it much less likely. If you get a disease even after you have been vaccinated, it usually will be just a mild case.
Vaccines are most often given as a shot (injection). Some are given by mouth as a pill or liquid. Others may be given as a spray (aerosol) into the nose.
Screening in adults is intended to find diseases before any symptoms appear. To help stay as healthy as possible, get routine checkups and have screenings that you and your doctor decide on.
Screening tests that are unique to men include a test for prostate cancer. Screening tests that all adults may have include tests for heart attack and stroke risk, colorectal cancer and type 2 diabetes.
How often men have screening tests depends on their age and health. You also may have tests more often if you have risk factors that make a disease more likely.
Many types of screening may take place at routine visits when your child is 2- to 12-years old. These tests include checks for developmental and behavioral problems. Your doctor may also do vision and hearing checks.
All states require newborn screening, although the tests required vary from state to state. These tests can help find serious problems that could affect your baby’s long-term health. Your doctor will check your baby’s vision, hearing, height and weight, among other things.
Physicians and researchers at Wayne Health are also faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine who conduct basic, translational and clinical research. This can make the latest treatments and clinical trials available to you sooner than other providers without a medical school affiliation.
The teaching role of WSU faculty members allows them to share their vast medical knowledge and experience with medical students and resident physicians, while motivating them to remain at the forefront of their medical specialty.
For more information, please visit the links below at the WSU School of Medicine.