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NeighborHealth Center Women’s Health Spotlight

Published by
Rich Kells
February 27, 2024

Stepping Up to Care for ALL Women

For women living in the Triangle who have Medicaid or no insurance at all, options for high-quality healthcare are extremely limited. Few, if any, private practices offer women’s health care for these vulnerable neighbors—leaving many without routine or preventive care. 

And, for expectant mothers who are un- or underinsured, there are even fewer choices with most seeking care from the Wake County Health Department. Fortunately, every day, the growing women’s health team at NeighborHealth Center steps up to willingly care for all our female neighbors, regardless of their insurance status.   


Over the past year, the NeighborHealth Women’s health team has expanded to meet the growing demand for care we’re seeing across our community. To share more about our team and the services we offer, we sat down with Onitisha Anders, MSN, WHNP-BC, one of our newest Women’s Health nurse practitioners on our NeighborHealth provider team

Q: What services does the NeighborHealth Women’s Health team offer?

A: We do it all – starting with routine well-woman exams, annual breast exams, cervical cancer screenings, gynecological care (to include pelvic ultrasound), family planning and basic infertility treatment for women who need it. We’re also one of the only places where women with Medicaid or no insurance can get comprehensive prenatal care. 

For expectant mothers, we provide pregnancy testing, routine physical exams, prenatal labs, and routine ultrasounds – all to ensure a healthy mom and baby throughout a woman’s pregnancy. We also provide behavioral health services for women who may need extra support for depression or anxiety as part of our whole health model of care. At NeighborHealth, I believe we truly deliver the highest quality health care a woman can receive.  

Q: Medicaid expansion is underway in North Carolina – what does this mean for the NeighborHealth Women’s Health team?

A: For us as providers, Medicaid expansion doesn’t change anything about what we do or how we care for women. NeighborHealth’s doors have always been open and welcoming to all women, whether you have private insurance, no insurance, or Medicaid. For NeighborHealth as an organization, though, it means we will have the opportunity to help more women with Medicaid get access to the high-quality care we provide. We know that the comprehensive care we provide to women helps improve the health of our community. 

Q: Why did you choose to specialize in women’s health?

A: Growing up, I desired to become an OB/GYN, although due to choices I made in life, I became pregnant at 19 years of age. I continued with school, pursued a business degree, and then went into nursing several years later. Training as a nurse, I had to work in various areas of the hospital, but Labor and Delivery was just amazing to me. The gift of life and listening to a baby’s heartbeat is powerful, and each one is so different. 

Q: Why did you choose to join the NeighborHealth team? 

A: What really led me to NeighborHealth is their mission to serve Christ. When Christ is the focus, quality care is inevitable. Some of our patients love to pray with us, and working at an organization where you can meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients is a gift. 

Another thing I love is that we care for many refugees who aren’t from this country and they are so scared when they first come to us. They don’t understand our health care system, but we work hard to build rapport and break down language barriers by spending extra time and offering translation services.  We spend the time necessary to help these patients understand their health, the services we’re providing and why they’re important – as well as what they can do to keep themselves and their families as healthy as possible. 

When I was looking for a job, I never dreamed a place like NeighborHealth existed. 

Onitisha Anders, MSN, WHNP-BC, NeighborHealth Women’s Health nurse practitioners

Thank you to Onitisha Anders, MSN, WHNP-BC for sharing your gifts with NeighborHealth Center, our patients, and this great community. We are glad the Lord led you into a fulfilling and impactful Women’s Health career here at NeighborHealth!

Today, our NeighborHealth Center Women’s Health team includes one OB/GYN physician, a nurse midwife, several nurse practitioners, nurses, and medical assistants. We have great team members dedicated to caring for women!


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NeighborHealth Center, Inc. (NHC), is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 agency founded to meet the healthcare needs of the underserved in the Raleigh area.