Women’s health in focus at Munising Health Fair
MARQUETTE — During the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the world was focused on their health. Sadly, non-COVID related healthcare went to the wayside as many people were unable to see their healthcare professionals due to the stress put on the medical community.
This led to many of the specific medical conditions and challenges that women face to be undetected.
Luckily, that looks like it’s beginning to change as Munising Memorial Hospital’s first annual Women’s Health Fair will take place May 11. The fair is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. at the hospital’s entrance lobby.
The free event will bring awareness to preventative measures that women can take to keep healthy. Board certified family nurse practitioner Dana Vix will be the guest speaker for the event. Several local businesses and vendors will also be a part of the fair.
“The recommendations of women’s screenings are changing often, and I want to be sure our community is staying up to date. Women face diverse and unique health challenges across their lifespan which may affect their overall health and wellness,” Vix said. “Cervical cancer is the fourth leading cancer in women worldwide. HPV is one cause of cervical cancer. There is a vaccine to prevent some strains, which has recently been approved for women up to age 45, but vaccines can often be overlooked in this age group.”
Vix is a new addition at Munising Memorial Hospital and will be available for questions after her presentation.
“I love the autonomy I have as a nurse practitioner at Munising Memorial,” Vix said. “I look forward to coming to work every day to care for all the patients in the community. I’m able to use my years of education and continue to learn from my patients every day. We have a robust radiology department at the hospital, offering state of the art mammography and bone density screenings that I am excited to work with, as well.”
A Upper Peninsula native, Vix received undergraduate degrees from Bay College and Northern Michigan University. She then attended Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky where she earned a master’s degree in Nursing. She was board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has previously worked as a nurse’s assistant, a licensed practical nurse and a registered nurse.
“A large portion of my clinical rotations were with a midwife where I developed a passion for women’s health,” Vix said. “I’m planning on continuing my education and becoming certified in women’s health with a post master’s degree and am hopeful I will be able to bring other services and procedures to Bay Care Clinic in the near future. I am also studying for my Department of Transportation physical certification.”
More information on the Women’s Health Fair can be found online on the event’s Facebook page or by visiting www.munisingmemorial.org.