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The Local Take Women's History Month Spotlight: Dr. Theresa Jacobs, Medcura Health

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Saturday morning at eight on WCLK's The Local Take, we’re continuing our coverage of Outstanding Women in our community. MedCura Health Centers presented our https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPGRyv_iu-U">AARP COVID19 Townhall earlier this month. They are also our non-profit partner for the WCLK Spring Membership Campaign. When you support WCLK financially you can request a portion of your donation goes to non-profit Medcura Health. Click here to make your contribution. MedCura Health, formerly Oakhurst Health Centers, has seven community health centers located in our neighborhoods.  I reached out to Dr. Theresa Jacobs, a Primary Care physician with MedCura Health.

I ask Dr. Jacobs how and why she became a physician. She explains that when she was pregnant, the healthcare she received lacked dignity and respect. She decided to go back to medical school to become a physician. She was 35 years old and a single mother with a seven-year-old daughter.  She explains that she hoped to provide “her” community with respectful and culturally sensitive healthcare.

She speaks about the common sense care that existed in our community. She says our ancestors did not have the chronic illnesses that our epidemic in our families — diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

I ask how the MedCura Health Centers address the health equity challenge that the Pandemic exposed to the world. She speaks about a common-sense approach that combines the science behind traditional medicine for a holistic approach.

I asked about her advice for young people who might be considering a healthcare career. She speaks about programs that start in middle school. She also shares that you are not too old to begin a healthcare career if you want to become a physician.  

Dr. Jacobs shared one tip that we can all put in place to improve our health. Sun breaks for Vitamin D. Everyone should try to spend at least 15 – 20 minutes in direct sunlight. If you take a walk, it’s even better.

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