Health Care Consumer Workshop


The Effective and Empowered Health Care Consumer Workshop 
Become An Active Partner in Your Health Care. It Leads To Better Health.

This workshop gives you the tools you need to partner with your doctor by preparing for your visit, what to do while at your visit, and how to follow-up after your visit.  Your instructor will guide you through a workbook of tools and local resources that coach you in:  

  • Maintaining your health records.
  • Preparing for healthcare visits. 
  • Communicate confidently with your healthcare provider (asking questions and providing information).
  • Understanding how to be a full partner in your healthcare and to follow your treatment plan.

Workshops are free and are held at various places around Columbus, such as libraries, senior housing complexes, churches, and recreation centers.

Call to find the workshop closest to you or to arrange one for a group: 
614-645-1542

Talking With Your Doctor Guide 

Talking With Your Doctor Guide

You can play an active role in your health care by talking to your doctor. Clear and honest communication between you and your physician can help you both make smart choices about your health. It’s important to be honest and upfront about your symptoms even if you feel embarrassed or shy. Have an open dialogue with your doctor – ask questions to make sure you understand your diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Here are a few tips that can help you talk to your doctor and make the most of your appointment:

  • Write down a list of questions and concerns before your appointment.
  • Consider bringing a close friend or family member with you.
  • Take notes about what the doctor says, or ask a friend or family member to take notes for you.
  • Learn how to access your medical records, so you can keep track of test results, diagnoses, treatments plans, and medications and prepare for your next appointment.
  • Ask for the doctor’s contact information and their preferred method of communication.
  • Remember that nurses and pharmacists are also good sources of information.