Women's Health Awareness:
Why it Matters

By Julie Nix
Corporate Vice President for Women’s Services for Baptist Health

The world of women’s health awareness is vast and complex. I’m fairly sure any woman navigating it, especially in 2023, would agree with me. These challenges don’t discriminate based on age, either – no matter the number of days we’ve seen, we’re all faced with the familiar feat of finding accurate information specific to our unique bodies and the stage of life we’re currently in.

I’m a daughter, a wife, a mom, a sister, and a friend – and I stepped into this almost-20-year-long career with a passion to help people…help connect them to the services and tools they need to take charge of their health and experience extraordinary care through Baptist Health’s system.

Knowledge is Power When it Comes to Women's Health Awareness

There’s power in knowledge, and so many people wonder or languish over the possibilities, but there are so many things that we can do now to protect ourselves. And that starts with women’s health awareness. We have to own our own health – and Baptist is about empowering women and helping them be strong and courageous.

Enter The Tea, a Baptist Health blog created with all women in mind. It’s here where you’ll find relevant information that’s useful, factual and timely. We have one goal in mind: we want to make sure you have exactly what you need to be your best self and to advocate on behalf of what you and your body need at any stage of life.

The Difference Maker

What sets this blog apart from the others is simple: We’re rallying female health professionals who work at Baptist to share firsthand what they know, and to bring attention to women’s health awareness. We’ll share the latest and greatest, the tried and true…the “tea” as it pertains to every aspect of women’s health.

Every month, we’ll cover one of many topics that are top of mind for every woman at every age. Are you in your early twenties and curious about scheduling your first PAP smear? Are you considering starting a family? What about signs of pre-menopause? Wondering what to expect during your first mammogram appointment?

Honestly, the list of questions about women’s health awareness goes on and on. As a health services professional, and as someone who has watched the field change drastically over the 19 years I’ve been part of it, I can say that Baptist Health has remained committed to meeting women where they are, no matter their experience. We see them. We see you. And we’re here to ensure you have every resource you need to live a full and healthy life.

Empowering Self-Advocates

Every woman knows and hears over and over again that we must advocate on behalf of ourselves. The staff at Baptist Health recognizes that urgency, and wants to make your health awareness journey as simple as possible. Our new blog, The Tea, is one of many steps we’re taking to empower women to take control and feel courageous in doing so.

Navigating complex healthcare systems is challenging and sometimes feels overwhelming – I work here and I even recognize the challenges. I’m really passionate about providing navigators to help people who don’t know where to start, and I believe this little corner of the internet is a great first step.

Join our women’s health awareness movement. Subscribe below, and make sure you tell your female friends and family members to also subscribe, follow and share. We can’t wait to join you on your health journey.

Until next time,

Julie Nix

Julie Nix is a native of Arkansas and has worked in the healthcare industry in central Arkansas for over 27 years. She currently serves as the corporate vice president of Women and Children’s, Surgery and Rehabilitation Services for Baptist Health.

Nix began her healthcare journey thinking she wanted to be a nurse. She quickly realized that she could be involved in healthcare and “helping” people from a different angle. Switching her degree from nursing to healthcare administration was one of the best decisions and has allowed for years of making a difference in the lives of others. Since the mid-nineties Nix has been involved in strategic growth and development and clinical quality improvement initiatives.

Nix holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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