Taking Care of You: The Empowered Woman's Guide to Better Health (Paperback)

Taking Care of You: The Empowered Woman's Guide to Better Health By Mary I. O'Connor, M.D., Kanwal L. Haq, M.S. Cover Image
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A practical and extensive resource guide for women who want to understand and take charge of their own health and healthcare, presented in short, focused, easy-to-read chapters.

Women do not always receive the same healthcare as men. In fact, for too long medicine has not recognized that numerous health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, stress, mental health and more, impact women differently than men. Orthopedic surgeon Mary I. O’Connor and medical anthropologist Kanwal L. Haq want to change that by empowering women with knowledge about the current landscape of women’s health, and showing them how to actively engage with their healthcare team.

In a groundbreaking publication, Taking Care of You: The Empowered Woman’s Guide to Better Health, O’Connor and Haq have enlisted 111 leading women physicians and health experts from all across the country to create a practical resource guide for women to improve their health and obtain better healthcare.

Taking Care of You is refreshingly supportive and jargon-free, with colorful illustrations to help the reader better understand what can often be dense medical information. Its unique approach includes three main sections:

WOMEN AND THE CURRENT HEALTH LANDSCAPE includes topics like what exactly is “women’s health,” how to find the right healthcare team, how to use the internet for medical information, when to go to urgent care versus the emergency department, and much more.

COMMON CLINICAL CONDITIONS IMPACTING WOMEN focuses on 55 non-reproductive clinical conditions that impact women more than men, or differently than men. Each chapter is divided into subsections that explain:

What is the condition?

Can it be prevented? 

How is it treated?

Why does it matter to women? (Including differences related to sex, race, and ethnicity) 

Questions to ask your physician and healthcare team

Pearls of wisdom from clinical experts 

TAKING CARE OF YOU focuses on activities women can do everyday — like eating well, sleeping and exercising — and how to effectively engage in these pillars of health to take better care of themselves.

Taking Care of You is an easy-to-use and accessible guide to be shared between mother and daughter, sister, aunt, and grandmother — an essential resource for every woman, and those who love her.

About the Author

Mary I. O'Connor, MD is an orthopedic surgeon, health equity leader, and healthcare entrepreneur. She is co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Vori Health, a virtual medical company with a mission to empower all humanity to lead its healthiest life. After a distinguished career at Mayo Clinic where Dr. O’Connor was awarded Professor Emerita status, she went on to lead the development of Yale’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care and was Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine. A passionate advocate for health equity, Dr. O’Connor has led the national non-profit coalition, Movement is Life, since its inception in 2010 to eliminate musculoskeletal health disparities. A graduate of Yale University, Dr. O’Connor obtained her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine and completed her orthopedic residency and fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.


Kanwal L Haq, MS is a medical anthropologist, community organizer, and non-profit consultant. She leads the NYC women’s health programs at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine. As an applied-research scientist, Kanwal specializes in community-based participatory research and implementation science focused on health and education. A fierce advocate for systems-level change, Kanwal has worked on several initiatives to build more effective, efficient, and equitable systems of care for women across the world. Prior to joining Icahn School of Medicine, Kanwal worked at Yale School of Medicine, and completed fellowships at the United Nations, Americorps, and The University Teaching Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda. Kanwal completed her B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Missouri and her M.S. in medical anthropology from Boston University School of Medicine.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781945564147
ISBN-10: 1945564148
Publisher: Mayo Clinic Press
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Pages: 480
Language: English