LaTasha Seliby first knew that she wanted to become a doctor after her aunt passed away at a very young age.
Her aunt had died of a “very, very preventable” ailment that could have been treated if she had just gotten the proper care. And when Seliby realized that, it illuminated a flame inside of her.
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After all, family always arrived first for her. That’s why, soon after the incident, she decided to dedicate her life to health care and make sure nothing like what happened to her aunt ever happened again to her family and to others.
“I wanted to be kind of a catalyst of change, ” tells Seliby. And today, that’s exactly what she is .
Because on top of being an achieved physician, Seliby is also making change in ways that go beyond the definition of her profession. In fact, you can see exactly how she’s doing that in the amazing video below :
Seliby is redefining how we think about health care by putting preventive care at the heart of everything she does.
“Medicine has been looked at as sick care you go to the doctor, and you find out what’s incorrect, ” she explains. “What I want to do is change that. Let’s go to the doctor and find out everything that’s right and how to keep it right . “
What’s one easy route to do that? Well, you can start by maintaining an eye on your health before something is wrong with you. Head to your doctor for a regular check-up and know your four health numbers blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index( BMI ). That way, you can easily spot red flags and fret less when it is necessary to your health.
Taking care of yourself, though, is so important for young people .
With the modern world becoming faster than ever and the daily grind for many getting more pressure-packed by the minute, it can be easy for a young person to let their well-being fall by the wayside. In fact, in an investigation by Zocdoc, 9 in 10 millennials admitted to avoiding regular physician visits skipping check-ups and screenings altogether.
That’s why Seliby is taking her mission to Capitol Hill to get the word on preventive care out to the entire country.
She regularly speaks with various lawmakers about how she can translate her firsthand experience into actionable bills that get as many people as possible understanding the value of preventive care.
“You feel like you’re a part of a bigger purpose when you’re able to go speak to lawmakers about things that will affect entire populations, ” she says.
And she’s not stopping there .
Seliby is also affecting countless lives through her work as a novelist and editor for Heart and Soul publication, their own nationals publication that “focuses on women of color, health prevention, fitness, and wellness.”
Everything Seliby does is about one thing: get people to take care of themselves before they get sick.
It’s the first step needed to redefining how we all opinion health care. And it’s the step that Seliby has worked her entire professional life to assist everyone take.
Because if more people are able to practice regular preventive care moving forward, the more “catalysts of change” we’ll assure for generations to come.
“I feel like I’m doing what I said I want to do, ” tells Seliby. “And I’m working to leave the legacy that I genuinely want to leave.”