Meet Judy Popovich our newest addition to CWHC's team!

Posted on April 16

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We are thrilled to introduce Judy Popovich,our new Nurse Practitioner! Judy is now offering primary care services at CWHC on a sliding scale and will see adult women and trans* clients for health concerns such as: allergies, asthma, digestive problems, high blood pressure, headaches, joint pain, annual check ups, and more. Call us at 773.935.6126 to schedule an appointment with Judy in May!

Q: Which particular experiences of yours are you hoping to bring with you to CWHC?

A: I view health holistically. So often a health concern reflects a life change with one or more
mediating factors such as environment, lifestyle, genetics, and health behaviors. Seeing health in a
holistic way guides the questions that I ask during a visit, influences how I integrate information the client provides, and helps me and the client to ‘connect the dots’.

I come with a background in self-help, communicable diseases (i.e. Tuberculosis, HIV, and other
infections), well woman care, and helping clients with chronic illness. I am experienced in working in
partnership with clients and families, and seeing the interconnectedness of health in a context. I am
excited to share my expertise in these areas, as well as to learn from staff and volunteers at the CWHC.

I love providing community-based care because community is the place where people receive the
majority of their health care in one’s lifetime. I like promoting wellness, preventing illness, and if illness
does occur, finding ways to prevent illness from progressing. In my experience, seeing someone with a
health concern early, presents an opportunity for lower risk and less invasive interventions. Being able
to address health concerns early, gives clients an opportunity to help themselves, and provides the best
chance for better health outcomes.

Q: Can you describe your background & the origin of your commitment to women's and trans* people's healthcare?               

A: My background as a family nurse practitioner on the South Side of Chicago has been with under-served
communities and with client populations where there is a high stigma factor. My clients came from many neighborhoods on the South Side including Woodlawn, Jackson Park, and Stony Island Park. The stigma was related to their medical diagnosis, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Many of my clients had a HIV infection, were bi-sexual or gay, and were poor. Together these obstacles were barriers to seeking health care, even when they needed it. I have also found in these client groups the power differential between client and provider can be great, and the clinic setting intimidating. Clients may not be comfortable speaking freely, or even knowing which questions to ask. I am committed to making high quality health care accessible to groups that have had limited access including women and trans* persons.

Q: What about your work with CWHC most excites you? 

A: What excites me the most is participating in a process of helping clients become experts in their
own health care. I believe the best care is provided when clients are educated participants in their own
health care. While different clients have different levels of interest and ability in this regard, I have
found that the more one knows about their own body, the better able that they are able to help their
provider know what it is that they need. And, the more one knows about one’s own body, the better
the client can advocate for oneself.

Q: What do you think is important in a provider/client relationship?

A: I think it is important that the relationship is a partnership. While I provide my expertise as a health care provider, the client knows best what is important to them (i.e. own values, influences of culture, beliefs about health and illness, their own health issues). Both provider and client bring ideas and concerns to the table. It is my responsibility to listen, to share my expertise, and help educate on risks and benefits so the client can make an informed decision for themself.

Honesty is very important to me. In clinic, I try to create an atmosphere of non-judgmental listening, an
openness to ask questions, and letting clients know that I will answer any questions honestly. I may or
may not know the answer; but, if I don’t know the answer, I will find out and get back to them.

Q: How would you describe your emphasis of care & connection as an integral component of

A: The care that I provide as a family nurse practitioner is based, both, on my anecdotal clinical experience and on best practice recommendations from clinical guidelines put forth by expert panels based on available clinical research. That being said, many health issues and client populations are understudied, meaning that there is little or no research available upon which to base recommended care. For example, women of childbearing age are still underrepresented in clinical trials and little is known about trans* health concerns. As a provider, I offer information to the client on the pros and cons of different approaches. As an integral part of health care, I am one member of a team of health workers, all who provide different approaches to a health concern. By working with a team, clients have the opportunity to address their health concerns from different perspectives, selecting one or more approaches that will help them to achieve health.

CWHC is embracing spring with exciting developments: We are now offering primary care services! Call us today at 773-935-6126 to schedule appointments for May!

This monumental expansion of our services will enable CWHC to offer more comprehensive care to our clients. We will be expanding our scope of services by providing care and education for primary health care concerns including hypertension, diabetes, asthma, cholesterol management, nutrition, musculoskeletal concerns, care for colds, flu, and respiratory infections, school and employment physicals gastrointestinal issues, as well as weight and stress management.

In addition to providing primary care services, we will be accepting PPO Insurance starting in June. As always, we will continue to offer our services on a sliding scale. Stay tuned for more updates!

Stay tuned for updates regarding appointments, services, and insurance billing options. We look forward to embarking upon this new adventure with the incredible support of our funders, clients, and Judy!