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Published on April 14, 2022

Start Your Wellness Journey: 6 Ways Primary Care Helps You Be Well

Start Your Wellness Journey: 6 Ways Primary Care Helps You Be Well

Primary care supports you on your journey toward well-being. But what exactly is primary care – and do you really need it? Cone Health Executive Director of Primary Care Walidah Karim-Rhoades, DNP, RN, CNM answers 6 common questions about primary care, explaining how it can be the first step to a healthier you.

I’m not sick – so why do I need a primary care provider?

Primary care providers partner with their patients to keep them well – not just treat them when they’re sick. For example, primary care providers make sure you have important physical exams and screenings.

Isn’t primary care for older adults? I’m young, so it’s not for me.

We all need a primary care provider – regardless of age – including babies, children, adolescents, young adults and older people. Types of primary care providers include:

  • Pediatricians.
  • Family medicine providers.
  • Family nurse practitioners.
  • Internal medicine providers.
  • OB/GYN providers.
  • Geriatricians.
  • Sports medicine providers.

Can’t I get information about how to stay healthy from the internet?

While you can find health information online, primary care providers know you. They know your family, they know your history. And this essential partnership is what makes the difference! Primary care provides not only the care you need, but also the care you didn't realize you needed.

If I need a specialist, can’t I call and make an appointment myself?

Many specialists require a referral. Primary care providers can coordinate referrals to specialty care when needed, and coordinate care across multiple heath care settings. They'll help you get to the right provider at the right time.

If I need care, I can just go to the emergency room, right?

Emergency rooms are for medical emergencies only, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, stroke. Your primary care provider should be the person you call for non-emergency medical care.

How do I start the process to find a Cone Health primary care provider and get an appointment?

Cone Health has made it easy! Go to to find a primary care provider and make an appointment online.

Don't wait. Take that first important step to a healthier you by choosing a primary care provider and making an appointment.

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