Every life is important in the diverse West Michigan community. A way to reach more women at risk is through Spectrum Health's Healthier communities.
Nationally recognized menopause specialist Dr. Diana Bitner, along with RN case managers, Gladys and Isabel, stopped by to talk about how Spectrum Health is reaching out to the Latina community through More Life Más Vida.
More Life Más Vida is a free one-year program designed to help participants understand the status of their current health, risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and simple behavior changes they can make to positively impact their well-being.
Among Latina women, the risk for diabetes and early heart disease is very high. Diabetes makes women feel tired and depressed, and increases risk for heart attacks, strokes, and dementia. More Life Mas Vida is a program which gives women hope by proving to women it is possible to feel better and be healthy.
More Life Más Vida provides a wide variety of services to Latinas in West Michigan:
- Free Health Screenings
- Dedicated care team
- Including a registered nurse and a community health worker
- Health education
- Physical activity and nutrition classes
In order to use these services, women must fall under the following eligibility requirements:
- Age 18 or older
- Kent County resident
- Not previously diagnosed with diabetes, heart attack or stroke
- Has limited access to health care
Learn more about More Life Más Vida by calling (616)-391-8943 for the English hotline, or (616)-391-6199 for the Spanish line. Also visit spectrumhealth.org/healthier-communities to learn more about what Spectrum Health is doing to help West Michigan stay healthy.
To set up an appointment with the Midlife, Menopause, and Sexual Health team at Spectrum Health, call (616)-267-8520. Their offices are located on the west side of Grand Rapids at 3800 Lake Michigan Drive North West in Suite A, and on the East Side of Grand Rapids at the Integrated Care Campus on East Beltline.