Peggy’s Story: Operation Change, South Side, Chicago.

Operation Change is a community intervention designed to address chronic health conditions and to mitigate some of the related social determinants of health, for women in mid-life and later-life. A fundamental part of the program is to help participants find their own sources of motivation for creating a healthier lifestyle. Peggy shares her personal experience of participating in the program with our podcast host Dr. Rose Gonzalez. Peggy and Rose explore some of the reasons why some people find themselves shut out of the health system, and how a little knowledge and motivation goes a long way towards navigating those barriers and opening new doors. Peggy believes that understanding how the system works is vital to getting access, and that removing the stigma and shame associated with mental illness can be facilitated through group support. She and Dr. Gonzalez share many inspirational insights during this very engaging discussion.