Health Empowerment Tools

In this section of our Health Library, COPE offers you tools for making plans and supporting your health goals.

Included is:

  • A Step-by-Step Wellness Planner. This tool (from SAMHSA*) facilitates setting goals and taking action toward emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, financial, social, environmental, and spiritual wellness. We have it in two formats – one that you can print and write upon it, the other with fillable text boxes if you prefer to type from your computer.
  • A Habit Tracker. A habit tracker is a simple way to measure whether you did a habit. The format we provide is a simple calendar with space to list the health habits you are trying to add or change in your life. Each day you stick with your routine. For example, if you exercise on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, each of those dates gets an X. As time rolls by, the calendar becomes a record of your habit streak.
  • A Gratitude Journal: A gratitude journal is a diary of things for which you are grateful. This helps you focus your attention on positive things in your life. Some studies have found that those who are habitually grateful are happier than those who are not and that feelings of gratitude may even possess mental and physical health benefits. Furthermore, the maintenance of a gratitude journal can help relieve depressive symptoms.

The virus weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. There is currently no effective cure for HIV. But with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. There is also medicine, as well as changes in behavior, that will prevent infection with HIV.

HIV is not a death sentence. With early diagnosis and treatment, a person living with HIV can live a normal life span of 70 years.

Some groups of people in the United States are more likely to get HIV than others because of many factors, including the amount of undiagnosed and untreated HIV in their community, as well as their risk behaviors.

COPE has gathered a collection of HIV fact sheets from the CDC* and NIH** that covers all the basics – from risk to prevention to testing through care and treatment. If you would like to talk to someone about your HIV risk, testing, prevention, or care, please contact us.

* CDC stands for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

**NIH stands for the National Institutes of Health

In 2019, approximately 14,242 death certificates listed hepatitis C as an underlying or contributing cause of death in the United States, and the number of people newly infected has risen dramatically in recent years, coinciding with the nation’s opioid crisis.

Treatment is available and most people with hepatitis C can be cured, but only if they know they are infected. This is why everyone age 18 and over should get tested at least once in their life, and people with ongoing risk factors should be tested regularly.

COPE began as and continues to be an organization that prioritizes the health of people with Hepatitis C. We have years of successfully helping people through screening, access to insurance and care, and providing support to people through their treatment and cure.

The library offers you some basic information from the CDC* as well as a COPE collection of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers.

If you would like to talk to someone about your HCV risk, testing, prevention, or treatment, please contact us.

* CDC stands for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

An antiviral drug combination used to treat hepatitis C and an anti-protozoal drug may also work against SARS-CoV-2, researchers say.

Health, according to the World Health Organization, is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”

In recognition of this, COPE uses SAMSHA’s* model when we talk about personal health empowerment as an approach that includes all dimensions of our lives – the emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, financial, social, environmental, and spiritual parts. These dimensions are dynamic and interconnect with each other. See the tool we created to help you set goals for your health empowerment.

Health Empowerment also requires personal health literacy. Health literacy is measured by the degree to which you can find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and take action. COPE’s services are here to help you build your health literacy.

In this part of the library, we offer you:

If you would like to talk to someone about your wellness needs, please contact us.

* SAMHSA stands for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.