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You need to be healthy to handle the chaos and stress life throws your way

Taking care of your family, going to work, and paying the bills is hard enough to deal with on a good day, let alone if you’re sick or injured.

Life is also unpredictable - one minute you could be employed with excellent health insurance, and the next you’re not. It’s sad, but it’s an unfortunate reality for many people in our community.

At Black River Health Services, we believe in educating the members of our community on the importance of staying healthy and providing them with the resources to do so. If you have any questions regarding our services, please feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help!


The Importance of Going to the Doctor

Many people make the mistake of putting off checkups and regular doctor visits, in favor of only going to the doctor when they absolutely have to. It may feel like you’re saving money up front but, in the long run, you’ll probably end up paying the price.

You should go to the doctor regularly, even if you’re not sick, because:

  • They can help you keep track of hereditary diseases and conditions
  • Certain conditions (e.g. cancer) need to be treated as early as possible. If you avoid the doctor, you may not be aware of these conditions until it is too late.
  • It can help you keep tabs on your mental health
  • Regular visits to maintain health can cut down on higher health costs later.
  • It’s often the only way to get a referral for a specialist if you need to see one

Finally, knowing that you are caring for your body and doing your best to stay healthy can really cut down on worry and anxiety. It’s just one more way to reduce stress and live a healthier lifestyle overall.

If don’t have insurance or can’t afford to visit a doctor, Black River Health Services may be able to help. Our mission is to provide affordable healthcare in Pender County and the surrounding areas. Please review the guidelines of our Medical Access Program to learn more about how to apply.

Additionally, you may find the following medical resources useful:

  • Mayo Clinic - Information on hundreds of health conditions:
  • Web M.D. - Health information, tools for managing your health, and support:
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine - Information on a variety of conditions, treatments, and prevention options:
  • American Cancer Society - Learn about cancer, its risk factors, prevention, and more:
  • Everyday Health - Health blog with A-Z-style articles on diseases and medicines, recipes, and more:
  • Merk Manual - A well-respected and in-depth medical dictionary:
  • - Detailed information on medication/drugs, plus a pill identifier tool and interactions checker:
  • American Diabetes Association - Learn about diabetes, prevention, and nutrition tips:
  • Family Doctor - Health information for the whole family:
  • Psych Central - Mental health information, advocacy, and support groups:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Health and safety information:
  • Offices of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion:
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - A searchable tool to find government-issued information on diseases, grants, and laws:
  • Find government offices in your county:

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