Preventive Care

Convenient access to more of the services that help you maintain your health.

Our preventive care team works to detect and prevent chronic diseases and medical problems before they become acute. Preventive care includes routine exams, screenings, and vaccines that support your well-being. At Nuvance Health, our primary care practitioners care about you and your needs. That’s why our trusted primary care providers tailor services to your medical needs, lifestyle, and health goals.

How can preventive care help me?

You can benefit from preventive care even if you feel healthy. Annual check-ups can detect issues like heart disease and cancer, which often have no symptoms in their early stages. Insurance typically covers the full cost of exams.

Our preventive care services include lifestyle recommendations and treatments that help lower your risk for preventable conditions like strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes. Our primary care doctors will also answer any health-related questions you may have.

Preventive care at Nuvance Health: Why choose us?

Our primary care providers specializing in internal medicine, family practice, and pediatrics deliver preventive care services. Our team also includes advanced practice providers, like physician assistants and nurse practitioners. All of our physicians and providers are experienced and give you the extra attention you deserve. 

Nuvance Health primary care practices are also patient-centered medical homes (PCMH). This care approach helps you receive timely, quality care, including the preventive services that are right for your needs. 


Your preventive care is dependent on your age, gender, health history, and other factors. You may have access to preventive services such as:

Annual check-ups

We assess many aspects of your health, including:

  • Heart rate, blood pressure, lungs, and other internal organs
  • Risk for sexually transmitted infections, like HIV or chlamydia
  • Behavioral health or social issues, including depression, substance abuse, or feeling unsafe at home
  • Signs of certain cancers, like abnormal moles that may be skin cancer
  • Lifestyle, including your diet, activity levels, and whether you use tobacco or drink alcohol

Referrals for cancer screenings

Many cancer screenings require a procedure or imaging study. We explain what to expect and provide you with a referral, if necessary.

Screenings may include a:

Blood draw

We may request a blood sample to check for diabetes or high cholesterol. Tests can also show whether your organs, including the liver and kidneys, are functioning normally.

Experienced lab technicians take blood samples at blood draw locations throughout the region.

Shots (immunizations)

We typically recommend a flu shot once a year. You may also need shots to protect against serious illnesses, such as tetanus, human papillomavirus (HPV), and COVID-19. Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine.



Women’s services

Women younger than 65 years old receive a Pap smear to check for signs of cervical cancer and HPV. If you are of childbearing age, we discuss birth control options. Women at risk for bone weakening (osteoporosis) receive a referral for a bone density scan. Find out more about women’s health.

Well-child visits

Children up to 21 years old receive specialized annual exams that focus on whether they are meeting developmental milestones. Exams also include age-appropriate immunizations and screenings for social and behavioral issues. Find out more about our pediatric program.

Adult Recommended Health Screenings and Vaccinations

The chart below shows what is generally recommended. You may need these screenings more or less often than listed and your doctor may recommend starting certain screenings at a younger age, based on your health conditions. Your doctor will also determine at which age these screenings are no longer needed for you. Talk with your doctor about what is right for you.

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*Source: USPSTF (US Preventative Services Task Force) 

Screening/Vaccination Age Frequency
General physical 18+ Annually
Cholesterol 18+ Annually
Blood pressure 18+ Annually
Colonoscopy and other colorectal cancer screening 45+ Ask your doctor which screening is best for you and how often
Flu shot 18+ Annually
Lung imaging 50 Annually for current or former smokers
Other immunizations 18+ Ask your doctor which immunizations are right for you
Mammogram 40+ Annually
Cervical cancer screening (pap test) 21+ Every three years
Bone density screening 65+ At least once (speak with your doctor about future tests)
Prostate cancer screening 55 Annually

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