A thorough care plan considers more than just physical signs of health, such as symptoms, test results, and measurements. It also takes into account behavioral and social drivers of health, like stress, environmental conditions, access to heathy food, and distance to a doctor. All these things can affect our health and how we feel about our lives.
If someone has obstacles to care or good health, their care team works to figure out what they are, why they exist, and what steps are needed to assist them.
“We work with our care providers — whether they’re primary care doctors, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, behavioral health case managers — to find out a patient’s barriers to care” Dr. Mikulecky said. “We want them to understand our patients’ health concerns and manage them in a way that makes them feel empowered.”
For example, a poor diet can lead to chronic health conditions or make existing conditions worse. Advanced Primary Care includes a nutritionist who can help “prescribe” food as medicine and encourage healthy choices.
If someone doesn’t have access to a car or can’t drive, they may have trouble getting to their medical appointments. In that case, our telehealth or in-home visits can be a helpful option.