Raising Awareness About Women’s Heart Disease - Go Red for Women!
Employees at Mendocino Community Health Clinic (MCHC) wore red to celebrate Go Red For Women, raising awareness about women’s heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the top cause of death in American women; it is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Because the symptoms for men and women are different, many women who suffer from heart disease do not realize they are at risk until it is too late. Sweating, lightheadedness, chest pressure, nausea, and jaw pain are all symptoms of a heart attack in women.
MCHC employees decorated all three health centers: Hillside Health Center in Ukiah, Little Lake Health Center in Willits, and Lakeview Health Center in Lakeport. They handed out educational material in English and Spanish about risk factors and ways to stay healthy.
MCHC CEO Linnea Hunter said, “I’m really proud of our employees for getting behind this. We had more than 160 employees at multiple sites really get involved to raise awareness, and that’s what it takes: people getting involved.”
As a Federally Qualified Health Center, MCHC is held to high quality standards and does not refuse care based on a patient’s ability to pay. Its health centers provide medical, dental, and behavioral health care and accept Medi-Cal and other insurance. To learn more, visit mchcinc.org or call (707) 468-1010.