Meet a Health Hero: Dr. Stacey Trooskin
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Name: Dr. Stacey Trooskin
Role: Runs mobile HIV and HCV testing unit for Do One Thing, Change Everything campaign
Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
My family, my community and my patients motivate me to be healthy. I want to be around to serve and enjoy all of them for a long time!
Describe a health or fitness related turning point in your life.
After I graduated from college, I joined the AmeriCorps and was assigned to the American Red Cross as a disaster relief worker. We spent time in a hurricane ravaged town in Mississippi, in Oklahoma City after parts were shattered by tornados and in various Philadelphia neighborhoods devastated by house fires. My experiences working in communities around the country changed my perspective on health. I learned firsthand that an individual’s health is directly related to their community’s health, and vice versa. My passion for public health and community work was born.
What “policy” would you institute to make Greater Philadelphia a healthier region?
I would have every Philadelphian be tested for HIV and HCV in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines. The CDC recommends that everyone age 13 to 65 be tested for HIV and that anyone born between 1945 and 1965 be tested for Hepatitis C at least once, and more frequently if at risk.
What’s the most important part of your health or fitness regimen?
Every year, I got for my annual physical exam to learn my HIV and HCV status.
What is your number one piece of health-related advice?
I encourage every individual to ask their provider to be tested for HIV and Hepatitis C in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines. Everyone should know their status!
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