Protecting Yourself

Here's what you can do to reduce the risk of experiencing disparities.

Protecting Yourself from Disparities

Sometimes, you just can’t easily change a bad experience. However, there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from situations that may harm your health.

1. Make a list of things to discuss with your doctor

Questions to ask during your appointment:

  • What is my diagnosis?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the benefits of each option?
  • What are the side effects?
  • Will I need a test?
  • What is the test for?
  • What will the results tell me?
  • What will the medicine you are prescribing do?
  • How do I take it?
  • Are there any side effects?
  • Why do I need surgery?
  • Are there other ways to treat my condition?
  • How often do you perform this surgery?
  • Do I need to change my daily routine?
  • What questions haven’t I asked that I should have?

2. Get civically involved with the coalition

The Muskegon Health Disparities Coalition meets the first Tuesday of each month from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the MATS Louis A. McMurray Conf. Center, 2624 Sixth Street, Muskegon Heights, MI 49444.

Please call 231.672.3201 for more information.

Call "2-1-1"

By simply dialing 2-1-1, those in need of assistance are referred, and sometimes connected, to appropriate agencies and community organizations.

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