CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners believes the relationship between a patient and their primary care provider should be one of the most collaborative an individual will have in their lifetime. It means we will do our very best to ensure that the right care is delivered at the right time and at the right place.
We Want You to Be Active in Improving Your Own Health
Our team is available to assist you in achieving your health goals by connecting you with valuable resources. We work directly with patients and their primary care providers to become involved in health improvement activities. For example, we may help you find resources to better manage chronic conditions, work to help you reduce the amount you pay for services or by selecting the most cost effective medications. Our team is experienced in helping to set goals, overcoming barriers to a healthier lifestyle and provide support in managing chronic conditions.
Annual Wellness Exams
Establishing a relationship with a primary care provider (PCP) is an essential part of your health care routine. Your health care provider becomes familiar with your personal and family medical history as well as your medication list. You will learn about preventative care, get treated for acute illness quickly, and be referred to the specialists you need when you need them.
The most effective way to ensure your optimum health is by scheduling an annual wellness exam, either in office or through Telehealth. See below for our helpful schedule of when you may be due a screening or immunization.
Your provider will help create your personalized prevention plan. Call your primary care provider today to schedule your annual wellness exam. If you need a primary care provider, we can help. Call 859.313.1882.
Learn more about each annual wellness visit by age group below.
Benefits of Annual Wellness Visits, By Age Group
Click on the age group below to learn more about each type of wellness visit.
Annual Comprehensive Well Child Visit: Ages 3-6 years
Assessing physical, emotional and social development is important at every stage of life, especially with children and adolescents as they start to form lifelong habits. Ensuring that patients ages 3-6 visit their provider at least once a year enables the parent and provider to:
Prevent illness. Your child gets scheduled immunizations, and you can ask about nutrition and safety in the home and at school.
Track growth and development. See how much your child has grown in the time since your last visit, and talk with your provider about your child's development. You can discuss your child's milestones, social behaviors and learning.
Raise concerns. Make a list of topics you want to talk about with your child's provider such as development, behavior, sleep, eating or getting along with other family members. Bring your top three to five questions or concerns with you and discuss at the start of the visit.
Take a team approach. Regular visits create strong, trustworthy relationships among pediatrician, parent and child. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends well-child visits as a way for pediatricians and parents to serve the needs of children. This team approach helps develop optimal physical, mental and social health of a child.
Annual Adolescent Well Care Visit: Ages 12-21 years
While adolescents are generally healthy, they have unique health care needs and tend not to seek well care services where these needs can be addressed as they emerge. During this transitional period, adolescents face significant challenges as they are more likely to engage in activities that risk their overall health, and when many chronic physical, mental health and substance use conditions first emerge. Addressing risky behaviors early and promoting positive health behaviors through annual wellness visits can help adolescents identify and respond to stresses and make good choices in managing their health.
Ensuring adolescents have access to a primary care physician who provides an annual, comprehensive wellness visit can:
- Foster early screening, counseling, and intervention
- Reinforce health promotion messages for both adolescents and their parents
- Identify adolescents with chronic conditions or who are at-risk for health problems or high-risk behaviors
- Provide the the opportunity to monitor growth and development
- Support psychological and emotional well-being
- Encourage healthy lifestyles
- Build confidence to effectively and appropriately utilize the health care system in the future
Annual Adult Wellness/Preventive Exam: Ages 22-64 years
Annual wellness visits provide an opportunity for you to discuss any health concerns you may have, as well as to receive or schedule recommended tests and/or immunizations. Depending on your health and personal risk factors, your preventive care schedule may differ from the standard recommendations. If you have particular risk factors like a chronic disease, obesity, or a family history of a diseases, additional screenings may be recommended.
Annual Wellness Visit for Medicare and Medicare Advantage: Ages 65+
The Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is a yearly appointment with your primary care provider to create or update a personalized prevention plan. This plan may hep prevent illness based on your current health and risk factors. Keep in mind that the AWV is not a head-to-toe physical. This service is similar to, but separate from, the one-time "Welcome to Medicare" preventive visit.