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Leadership Team - Takashi Wada, MD, MPH
021. He is responsible for providing clinical and strategic leadership through accountable, collaborative processes to improve the quality-of-care delivery as evidenced by improved external quality metrics. Dr. Wada leads and drives innovative solutions for program development and implementation to improve access, satisfaction and care outcomes that are sustainable and scalable. Dr. Wada joined IEHP in 2019 as Vice President of Population Health. In this capacity, he oversaw the internal departments of Behavioral Health & Care Management, Community & Family Health, Health Education, and Practice Transformation. He also played a key role in various statewide and regional population health initiatives. Prior to his role at IEHP, Dr. Wada served as Chief Medical Officer/ Deputy Chief Medical Officer for CenCal Health and Director/Health Officer for Santa Barbara County’s Health Department. Dr. Wada holds an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from University of California, Riverside and a master’s degree in public health from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After receiving his medical degree at UCLA, he completed his graduate medical education at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.
Governing Board - Andrew Williams
Healthcare Scholarship Fund - About the Healthcare Scholarship Fund
p Fund is the health plan’s partnership with local academic institutions to help remove the barrier of debt for medical students and develop a growing workforce for healthcare professionals to care for the Inland Empire’s growing Medi-Cal population. Why is the Healthcare Scholarship Fund needed? According to the California Healthcare Foundation, the Inland Empire has one of the lowest ratios of Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) and specialty physicians per 100,000 people in California. In addition, the Inland Empire lacks adequate Specialty and Behavioral Health practitioner capacity to serve the current growing population. With the average cost of a four-year medical degree standing firm at $276,800, pursuing a career in the medical field is out of reach for more and more each year. The HSF will aid students by helping to remove the financial burden of medical school that often restricts the choices of many aspiring healthcare professionals and allow recipients to immediately pursue careers in healthcare. I am a student and am interested in becoming a Doctor, what should I do? Students interested in the IEHP Healthcare Scholarship Fund are encouraged to contact the academic institutions below for more information on how apply. While each institution may have differing eligibility requirements, all Healthcare Scholarship Fund scholarships require students commit to practicing in the Inland Empire for 5 years after graduation. Participating schools and programs include: Loma Linda University Medical School University of California Riverside California University of Science and Medicine
Leadership Team - Susie White, MBA
ds the plan’s overall day-to-day operations and is responsible for implementing strategic initiatives and policies which support the Mission, Vision and Core Values of IEHP and the delivery of cost-effective and efficient care to its more than 1.5 million Members. Her areas of accountability include: Member Services, Provider Services, facilities management, security, business systems configuration and support, and delegation oversight. Ms. White has more than 20 years of experience at all levels of health plan operations. She has demonstrated progressive leadership with a focus on innovation, efficiency and transparency from a collaborative, process-based perspective. She is highly regarded for her commitment to driving IEHP’s team culture, developing new leaders and fostering key relationships across the organization and the community. Her vast knowledge of complex regulations covering Medi-Cal and Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan) membership, especially network administration and oversight, are integral to the operations and strategic direction of IEHP. Ms. White embodies the IEHP team culture and is committed to its Vision and Mission, having joined IEHP in 1998 and having served in various roles of increasing responsibility in the Provider Services department. In her position as Executive Director of Health & Provider Services, she directed multiple diverse teams in the integrated delivery of company wide strategic objectives, seamless medical (health care) service operations, process and system improvement and support of IEHP’s LEAN transformational journey. Ms. White was instrumental in the development of the organization’s Provider Call Center, which centralized calls into one location with an emphasis on improving customer service and increasing Provider satisfaction survey scores. She also spearheaded the innovative $45 million Network Expansion Fund (NEF), which resulted in the addition of more than 300 board-certified Primary Care Physicians (PCPs), Specialists and mid-level Providers to the Inland Empire. Ms. White earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management and her MBA in Management and Leadership from the University of La Verne.
Governing Board - Eileen Zorn
ional management, research, and quality improvement. In January 2003, she was first appointed to the IEHP Governing Board. In February 2015, she was appointed as Vice-Chair. Ms. Zorn was appointed to Chair in February 2016. Ms. Zorn has published many healthcare related articles and has received several recognitions and awards during her career. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Loma Linda University in 1976.
Latest News - Dr. Takashi Wada Named IEHP Chief Medical Officer
a will oversee IEHP’s Health Services department and collaboratively lead the implementation of initiatives such as CalAIM, Home and Community-Based Services, the organization’s Strategic Plan, and more. In addition, Dr. Wada will provide clinical and strategic leadership through accountable processes to improve the quality-of-care delivery with improved external quality metrics. “With innovative healthcare initiatives rolling out at state and federal levels, I’m eager to lead and support our team’s work, so that we may contribute in new and meaningful ways that will positively impact the wellness of our own members and communities,” he said. Dr. Wada joined IEHP in 2019 as Vice President of Population Health. In this capacity, he oversaw the internal departments of Behavioral Health & Care Management, Community & Family Health, Health Education, and Practice Transformation. He also played a key role in various statewide and regional population health initiatives. Prior to his role at IEHP, Dr. Wada served as Chief Medical Officer/ Deputy Chief Medical Officer for CenCal Health and Director/Health Officer for Santa Barbara County’s Health Department. Dr. Wada received an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from University of California, Riverside, and a master’s degree in public health from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He completed his medical degree from UCLA and his graduate medical education at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. “Dr. Wada truly has a passion for this work,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “I couldn’t be more thrilled that he is joining our Executive Team. We are absolutely looking forward to working with Dr. Wada in his new role and continuing our mission to heal and inspire the human spirit.”
Leadership Team - Michelle Rai, MS
2020. She oversees IEHP’s communications and marketing programs and guides the development of long-term communication and marketing strategies. In addition, Ms. Rai oversees the strategic execution of IEHP’s community relations, media relations, internal communications, digital and social media. Ms. Rai has over 20 years of experience in public relations, communications, marketing, and media relations. Prior to joining IEHP, Ms. Rai served as Chair of the Communication Department at Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, Calif. Before her role as Chair, Ms. Rai acted as the College’s Public Relations Director and Public Information Officer. Ms. Rai holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Golden Gate University. She earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and communications from Pacific Union College, where she received the prestigious Educator of the Year award in 2016. Ms. Rai’s leadership enables IEHP to increase its brand reach and social media presence, while enhancing perception of the organization and strengthening its place as an industry thought leader.
Leadership Team - Keenan Freeman, MBA
executive role, Mr. Freeman is responsible for the overall financial management of IEHP, its financial reporting and transparency, and for multiple plan financial functions including accounting, purchasing, capitation, cost recovery, risk management, and the coordination of fiscal and other operational audits. Mr. Freeman brings over 28 years of professional finance experience to IEHP which includes 16 years of strategic leadership in multiple functions including financial, operational and strategy development in a provider-owned health plan and a multi-specialty medical group with over 4,000 providers. Mr. Freeman served as Chief Financial Officer for Providence Medical Group in Oregon where he spent 5 years providing operational and financial leadership for over 1,200 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. In addition, he served for eight years as Chief Financial Officer and two years as Chief Operational Officer for First Care Health Plans in Austin Texas. Mr. Freeman understands the importance of developing external relationships with key physicians, health systems, and governmental entities. He enjoys building cross-functional teams to achieve short and long-term objectives and values the importance of developing external relationships with key physicians, health systems, and governmental entities. Mr. Freeman’s leadership in these areas, and in the annual budget process, keeps IEHP financially stable amid healthcare changes and economic volatility. Mr. Freeman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Administration and Accounting and a MBA from Texas Tech University.
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alth information. All the links will open in a new window and you will leave the IEHP website. Medical Links Medscape: free medical news, journal articles, and more. Yahoo! Health: medical dictionary, disease symptoms, and treatments. KidsHealth: animations, games, and articles for parents, teens, and kids. First 5 San Bernardino: statewide initiative to improve the early development of children. First 5 Riverside: statewide initiative to improve the early development of children. Text4Baby: get FREE messages each week on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year. Government Links San Bernardino County Department of Public Health: get information on WIC, child car seat safety and more. Riverside County Department of Public Health: get information on injury prevention, WIC, HIV, family health and more. PubMed: life science journals from the United States National Library of Medicine. Healthy Finder: 1600 health-related topics. NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance): reports on the quality of care delivered by managed care plans. NIH (National Institutes of Health): get health information, clinical trials, research, and more. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): get information on healthy living, disease, Zika virus, emergencies, workplace safety, and environmental health. Quality of Care Report Card: get quality ratings of health plans. California Department of Managed Health Care California Department of Health Care Services
COVID-19 - Resources
19. Below you will find resources and information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones during this time. How vaccines build immunity While the COVID-19 vaccines are relatively new - the technology and science behind the vaccines have been in development for decades. In the video below, we demonstrate how years of vaccine research and advanced technology allowed researchers and scientists worldwide to be prepared to develop an mRNA vaccine that could help fight the spread of a global infectious disease. COVID-19: Home isolation tips If you or someone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, there are necessary steps you can take to reduce the risk of it spreading to those you live with. COVID-19: What to do when you're sick IEHP Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Hansberger, is here to discuss what you need to do if you find yourself sick from COVID-19. Face Mask Resources Proper use of face coverings (CDC) How to make a homemade mask How to make your own face mask (whether or not you know how to sew) Refer to the following resources for information on self isolation during COVID-19. Riverside County COVID-19 Self Isolation Recommendations For IEHP DualChoice Members A healthcare fraud alert has been issued in relation to COVID-19 complaints. Scammers are giving COVID-19 tests to Medicare Members in trade for personal details. They are reaching out to Medicare Members by sales calls, social media platforms, and door to door visits. The personal details taken may be used to falsely bill Federal health care programs and the COVID-19 test kits may cause harm to Members. If you suspect COVID-19 fraud, call IEHP right away at: Compliance Hotline: (866) 355-9038 Fax: (909) 477-8536 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: IEHP Compliance Officer P.O. Box 1800 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729-1800 Click here to report a compliance issue online. Refer to the following websites/resources for more information on coronavirus (COVID-19). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Riverside County Public Health San Bernardino Public Health State of California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Portal California Workplace Rights Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs during COVID-19 Protections for Housing and Utility Shutoff Order ConnectIE Below you will find resources and information on local food pantries in your area. Riverside County Pantries: A list of food pantries in Riverside County San Bernardino County Pantries: A list of food pantries in San Bernardino County Connect IE: A free website that provides community resources 24/7. It can connect you to housing services, job training's, food pantries and more. High Desert Food Distribution:The High Desert is hosting a food distribution on the last Thursday of every month.
Leadership Team - Jarrod McNaughton, MBA, FACHE
e, he works collaboratively with the IEHP Governing Board to set the strategic vision and provide executive leadership for one of the 10 largest Medicaid health plans and the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid Plan in the U.S. He cultivates IEHP’s strong partnership with Providers, hospitals and hundreds of community partners to deliver quality whole-person care to more than 1.5 million Members. He ensures financial stewardship and stability for IEHP’s more than $5.4 billion operational budget. A visionary health care leader, Mr. McNaughton joined IEHP in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for the operations, claims, provider contracts, enrollment and eligibility, performance improvement and Member services departments, supporting IEHP’s organizational directives, advancing IEHP’s LEAN transformation, and ensuring IEHP’s mission to deliver quality service to our Members and Providers effectively and efficiently. Prior to IEHP, Mr. McNaughton served in several roles of increasing responsibility in hospitals and large hospital systems. For nearly 20 years, he has led multi-tiered operational strategies and innovation that consistently generated superior results. He has a well-established reputation for building dynamic teams, developing leaders and fostering key relationships in the community. His ability to remove obstacles and empower everyone, from frontline Team Members to Physicians, will help support IEHP’s position of strength in the ever-changing health care environment. Mr. McNaughton’s roles as President of Kettering Medical Center and Executive Vice President of Kettering Health Network demonstrated his strategic business acumen, empathy and visionary leadership. He developed a coordinated and detailed strategy for the entire network and spearheaded many forward-looking changes in services and delivery of care to patients at those facilities. The Kettering Health Network in Southwest Ohio includes eight hospitals, nine emergency departments, many outpatient clinics and over 11,000 employees. Prior to his role at Kettering Medical Center, Mr. McNaughton was Vice President at San Joaquin Community Hospital. Among his many achievements there, he developed and implemented a new mission and service department that helped increase patient satisfaction scores from the 40th percentile to the 85th percentile in less than a year. Mr. McNaughton’s strong commitment to the community fits well with IEHP’s mission and company culture. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University and a board member for several educational and non-profit agencies. A volunteer with Global Medical Missions, an international aid organization, he has led short-term mission teams to Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, India, Nepal, Honduras and Mexico. Away from work, he enjoys singing, musical theater and flying single-engine planes. Mr. McNaughton pursued an undergraduate degree from Pacific Union College where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne, Graduate School of Business. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Awards and Recognitions
ence and access to care for the low-income working residents of the Inland Empire. These recognitions honor our steadfast commitment to improving access to quality, wellness-based healthcare services when and where members need it. NCQA Accreditation IEHP was the first Medicaid-only health plan in California to earn accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its Medi-Cal health plan, in 2000. We have retained NCQA accreditation every year since. Innovation Awards from DHCS In November 2021, IEHP received the “Innovation Award - Runner Up 2021” for the Medi-Cal PCP Auto Assignment Redesign, which focused on directing Members to Providers with higher quality scores. In November 2020, IEHP was awarded the prestigious California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) Innovation Award. The award was based on IEHP’s groundbreaking work using location intelligence to reach high-risk members and providers in geographic areas affected by power outages, wildfires, and other natural disasters. This is the fourth time the health plan has received this honor. In 2018, IEHP received the Innovation Award from Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), for its Housing Initiative, which provides permanent supportive housing and intensive case management services to homeless, high utilizing Members. In October 2017 IEHP won a California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Innovation Award for improving the health of low-income members through a program that coordinates their complex physical and behavioral health care needs across the healthcare system in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In 2015 IEHP won the first annual Innovation Award from DHCS for its Transitional Care Program, which strives to reduce emergency room usage and curtails the re-admission rates of members recently discharged from the hospital IEHP Receives the CORE Certification Seal In April 2022, IEHP received the CORE Certification Seal for the Eligibility & Benefits, Claim Status, and Payment & Remittance CAQH CORE Operating Rule Sets. As a CAQH CORE-certified entity, IEHP has demonstrated that they follow a set of national operating rules and standards which improve business processes in healthcare — going above and beyond what is federally required. The CORE Seal is widely recognized as the industry gold standard. IEHP Receives Rancho Cucamonga Fire District’s Business Partner of the Year Award In September 2021, IEHP was awarded Business Partner of the Year by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District at the City’s Fire and Police Recognition. The distinguished award recognizes the health plan’s partnership with the City and County of San Bernardino to host an ongoing super vaccine clinic at the health plan’s headquarters. IEHP Receives Health Equity Award for Engaging Communication In 2020, IEHP received the Health Equity Award for their ability to engage and connect with members via text message during Governor Newsom’s social isolation order. The award was given by mPulse Mobile, a leader in conversational AI solutions for healthcare, during their annual Activate Awards. Click here to learn more. IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan Earns Top Customer Satisfaction Score in the Nation The IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan had the third-highest score in the country in the 2016 MMP CAHPS survey from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which assesses the experiences patients have with their health plans. In 2016 there were 40 Medicare-Medicaid Plans (MMP) in the nation (called Cal MediConnect plans in California). Annual Excellence Award In 2016, IEHP received the Excellence Award from the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) for its Pharmacy Pay for Performance Program, which leverages IEHP network pharmacies to offer clinical education to its members. Top Physician Satisfaction Doctors and other medical providers ranked IEHP at or above the 90th percentile in most areas on a 2016 satisfaction survey administered by an independent survey vendor. They ranked IEHP at the: 99th percentile for “IEHP Compared to All Other Health Plans” 98th percentile for “Overall Satisfaction with Call Center Staff” 98th percentile for “Overall Satisfaction with Financial Services” 97th percentile for “Recommend IEHP to Other Physicians’ Practices” IEHP Receives Workplace of the Year Award from Advisory Board in March 2018 Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has been awarded the Advisory Board 2018 Workplace of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes hospitals and health systems nationwide that have outstanding levels of employee engagement. IEHP is one of only 20 organizations nationwide to receive the award. Favorite Employer IEHP was voted “Favorite Overall Company to Work For,” “Favorite Training Program” and “Favorite Workplace Culture” by Los Angeles News Group Readers in the 2014 Winning Workplaces survey. “Access to Caring” Award IEHP was recognized for making a difference in advancing health care access and availability to people with disabilities by the Western University of Health Sciences, in 2014. Energy Star Award for Superior Energy Performance IEHP’s corporate headquarters (“The Atrium”) in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance in 2017, demonstrating IEHP’s commitment to continued energy savings and environmental responsibility. “Gold Standard” Certification for Electronic Payments and Claims Processing In 2016 IEHP achieved Phase III certification for accurate and efficient electronic provider payments and claims reconciliation from the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) and the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE). The voluntary certification is widely viewed as the industry “gold standard” for provider payments and claims processing.
Governing Board - Daniel P. Anderson
ofit sector. He has spent the last fifteen years advocating health care access for the low-income and uninsured population. In April 2008 he was appointed to the IEHP Governing Board and served as the Vice-Chair from January 2018 - December 2020. Dr. Anderson has addressed the health needs of the underserved and uninsured populations in his many lectures and presentations to the community. Currently, he is the President/CEO of Riverside Community Health Foundation. Dr. Anderson received his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and holds a Master of Divinity Degree and a Doctor of Ministry Degree.
Leadership Team - Vinil Devabhaktuni, MBA
n this role, Vinil will provide leadership for the overall information technology architecture, as well as the design, development, implementation, and support of IEHP’s systems. Vinil joins IEHP most recently from Health New England, where he served as the Chief Information and Technology Officer and was responsible for managing a unique portfolio and elevating the role of technology from a supportive function to a strategic partner that played a major part in the growth of the organization. Vinil also developed and executed an end-to-end operational roadmap for sales, underwriting and accounting. In addition, he rearchitected and streamlined production support and application development operations to bring stability, predictability, and optimizations to the organization. Prior to his role at Health New England, Vinil served as vice president, digital transformation officer at AIG in New York. While in this role, he led a $50M global digital transformation initiative, which included migration and consolidation of digital properties from 140 countries around the world. Vinil holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Bay Path University in Longmeadow.
COVID-19 - COVID-19 Vaccine
c9; border: none; color: white !important; padding: 15px 32px; border-radius: 25px; display: inline-block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; } COVID-19 Vaccines: Latest news and updates The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free for all IEHP Members. Recommended for everyone ages 5 and older, the vaccines can help protect people from severe illness, hospitalization and death due to COVID-19. The vaccines won’t make people sick or give them COVID-19. They may have some minor side effects, which are not harmful and should last no more than a few days. The vaccines can help us end the pandemic and save lives. Vaccinated people should keep wearing a mask, washing their hands often and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance in public places. IEHP Members can learn more by continuing to visit the IEHP website and or visiting the California Department of Health’s website. CLICK HERE TO FIND A VACCINE CLINIC NEAR YOU How vaccines build immunity While the COVID-19 vaccines are relatively new - the technology and science behind the vaccines have been in development for decades. In the video below, we demonstrate how years of vaccine research and advanced technology allowed researchers and scientists worldwide to be prepared to develop an mRNA vaccine that could help fight the spread of a global infectious disease. PFIZER VACCINE GETS FULL FDA APPROVAL On August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first COVID-19 vaccine – the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (widely known as the Pfizer vaccine). The approved vaccine will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee) for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in people 16 years of age and older. Effective October 29, 2021 the Pfizer vaccine is available under emergency use authorization, including for use by children aged 5 through 18 years of age and for the administration of a booster dose in certain immunocompromised people. Please note, the Pfizer vaccine and Comirnaty are the same vaccine. The FDA reports that they have the same formulation and are interchangeable. Where can I get the vaccine? For Members who want the vaccine, there are several options: IEHP recommends My Turn online at myturn.ca.gov. My Turn online, a website from the California Department of Public Health, is a convenient, one-stop website where those who want a COVID-19 vaccine can: Set up their first, second and booster shot appointments Set up family or group appointments Find walk-in clinics in their area Set up in-home vaccinations (if needed) Arrange for transportation (if needed) For those without internet access, the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 can help provide the same services. Large pharmacy chains, like CVS and Walgreens provide the vaccine. Many have walk-in appointments available. IEHP recommends calling the pharmacy first to confirm. Vaccine appointment sign-ups are also available online through the public health department in your county. For Riverside County, visit www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine. For San Bernardino County, visit www.sbcovid19.com/vaccine/. Do I have to pay for the vaccine? No. The vaccine is free for everyone who wants it. Is the vaccine safe? Yes, the top medical experts in our nation and state agree that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people from different ages, races, and ethnic groups, as well as those with different medical conditions, were part of the trials. Does the vaccine have side effects? Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated for COVID-19. Any minor symptoms that result usually go away on their own within a week. Call your Doctor immediately if you start to have any of the following symptoms: severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain/swelling, or shortness of breath, chest pain, feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart. Your Doctor or health care provider will explain any potential side effects and what you need to do about them. Since the emergency use authorization of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart) have occurred in some people who have received these vaccines. In most of these people, symptoms began within a few days following the second dose of these vaccines. There have been confirmed reports of myocarditis or pericarditis in individuals who received COVID -19 vaccine, particularly among males ages 30 and younger. While this is concerning and is under further investigation, myocarditis or pericarditis after COVID vaccination is extremely rare as more than 318 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States from December 14, 2020 through June 21, 2021. Will there be any long-term side effects? COVID-19 vaccines are being tested in large clinical trials to assess their safety. It will take time and more people will need to get the vaccine before we learn about very rare or long-term side effects. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Health care providers are required to report any problems or adverse events following vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). What if I have side effects? Contact your Doctor right away. The CDC offers a smartphone-based tool called v-safe to check in on people’s health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine. When you get your vaccine, you should also get a v-safe handout telling you how to enroll in the program. If you enroll, you will get regular text messages with links to surveys where you can report any problems or side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Can the vaccine give me COVID-19? No, the vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 because it does not contain an infectious virus. How many shots will be needed? The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots, 3 to 4 weeks apart. While the first shot helps build protection, you will need to come back a few weeks later for the second one to get the most protection the vaccine can offer. Your Doctor will advise you when you should return for the second shot, as it varies by type of vaccine. The J&J vaccine requires only one shot. Do I need the booster shot? Studies show after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection against the virus and the ability to prevent infection with variants may decrease over time and due to changes in variants. However, the booster shot may increase your immune response to COVID-19 and its variants, increasing prevention efforts against the virus. Who can get a booster shot? Booster shots are available to everyone ages 12 years and older who are fully vaccinated but the timing of the booster varies by vaccine and age group. When can I get the booster shot? If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, everyone 12 years or older should get the booster at least five months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series. If you received the Moderna vaccine, adults 18 years and older should get the booster at least six months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series. If you received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, adults 18 years and older should get the booster at least two months after receiving your J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination. Does the booster shot have side effects? You may experience side effects after getting the booster shot. These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Do I need to keep wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with others once I get fully vaccinated? Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide, please keep using all the tools we know can help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means keep wearing a mask, washing your hands often, avoiding crowds, and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance in public places. Can children and babies get COVID-19? Yes. Children can get COVID-19. Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, or they may have no symptoms at all, which is called being asymptomatic. Fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults. But, infants (children younger than 1 year old) and children with certain medical conditions might have a higher risk for getting COVID-19. Can children get a COVID-19 vaccine? COVID-19 vaccines are approved for children 5 years old and older. To learn more, visit the CDC website and/or your county’s public health departments online: Click here for San Bernardino County Click here for Riverside County Can I take the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine at the same time? Yes. The CDC has approved the use of routine vaccines for children, adolescents and adults (including pregnant women) on the same day as COVID-19 vaccines (as well as within 14 days of each other). Talk to your Doctor about what’s best for you. If I have previously tested positive for COVID-19, can I still get the vaccine? Yes. People are advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. This is because re-infection with COVID-19 is possible. Those who had a diagnosis in the past three months, be sure to talk to your Doctor about when you should get the vaccine. Will IEHP provide transportation to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic? Yes, IEHP will provide transportation to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the county where you live. How do I request transportation? Contact IEHP Transportation Call Center at 1-800-440-4347. Will the drive wait with me? No, the driver will not wait. Transportation will be provided as a roundtrip. You will need to contact the transportation provider to request a return pickup once you are ready. Can I take my family members? IEHP will provide transportation to an IEHP Member and one other passenger. How much time is needed to request transportation? IEHP will assist with transportation to the COVID-19 vaccine clinic in fewer than 5 business days. However, we cannot guarantee same-day requests. Where can I learn about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines? IEHP Members can learn more by visiting the IEHP website or the California Department of Health’s website. Members can also learn more about COVID-19 at the California Coronavirus Response website or the CDC’s website
Latest News - IEHP Leaders Honored with LLU Alumnus of the Year Awards
ommunity Behavioral Health Amrita Rai were each named Alumnus of the Year by their respective departments at Loma Linda University (LLU) for their promotion of the vision and purposes of their alma mater along with their contributions to the community. Pham earned his master’s degree with an emphasis in healthcare administration from LLU’s School of Public Health. At IEHP, Pham develops and executes IEHP’s strategy system to advance the health plan’s mission and achieve its bold 2030 vision: we will not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. In this work, Pham constantly seeks new ways for IEHP to better serve the community and its most vulnerable residents. “We were pleased to honor Mr. Thomas Pham with the SPH Alumnus of the Year Award at our 2022 commencement ceremony. His notable contributions as part of IEHP to the health and well-being of the Inland Empire communities reflect our vision for healthy people living in resilient communities supported by equitable systems of health,” said Dr. Helen Hopp Marshak, LLU Dean, School of Public Health. Honored by LLU’s School of Behavioral Health, Rai graduated with a master’s degree in social work. In her current role at IEHP, Rai actively leads both community and statewide initiatives in improving access to mental health services, including the Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program. “Amrita Rai received the 2022 Alumni of the Year award at the graduation services of the Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health for her unwavering commitment to servant leadership and the delivery of equitable behavioral health services for the most vulnerable populations throughout the Inland Empire,” said Dr. Beverly Buckles, LLU Dean, School of Behavioral Health. Rai also shares her expertise and passion at various speaking engagements throughout the year, inspiring awareness and continued improvement of the development and delivery of behavioral health services. “The transformational work Thomas and Amrita have done in their respective areas is a true testament to their love for the Inland Empire community. Active contributions and engagement from team members like Thomas and Amrita make IEHP’s commitment to heal and inspire the human spirit possible, and we are grateful for their service,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer.
Latest News - IEHP’s Women in Leadership Engage with Local Students
articipated in Chaffey College’s Center for Culture and Social Justice Panel titled, “Celebrating Women in Healthcare Leadership,” which educated students of the current roles and contributions made to healthcare by women in the Inland Empire. The panel, conducted over Zoom, included several IEHP leaders, including Susie White, Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Priya Batra, Senior Medical Director for Family and Community Health; Shelly LaMaster, Director of Integrated Care; and Anna Wang, General Counsel. “The event was wonderful and hearing from IEHP’s women leaders was impactful for all who attended,” said Dr. Leticia Romo, Chaffey College’s Director of Student Equity and Engagement. “We had the opportunity to hear real and authentic stories, wisdom, and encouragement. Our students learned about mentorship, management responsibilities, leadership development, and overcoming imposter syndrome. We definitely look forward to connecting with the IEHP leaders in the future.” The panel also provided students with stories about their own educational journey and career background and offered advice for future healthcare leaders. “Our work as a community-based health plan goes well beyond traditional health services,” said White. “It also includes making sure the next generation of leaders are equipped with the necessary support, tools and information to make even greater contributions to the healthcare space in the future.” In 2020, the health plan launched a Healthcare Scholarship Fund, partnering with Loma Linda University Medical School, University of California Riverside, and California University of Science and Medicine, to help remove the barrier of debt for local medical students and develop a growing workforce for healthcare professionals to care for the Inland Empire’s growing Medi-Cal population. In addition, amid the pandemic, IEHP provided internships to local public health students at Claremont Graduate University and Western University of Health Sciences to assist in developing program curricula at the plan’s Community Resource Centers. “Sharing knowledge and guidance with Inland Empire learners just entering the health care workforce is another way we can positively impact health and wellness,” said Dr. Priya Batra, IEHP’s Senior Medical Director for Family and Community Health. “Supporting the advancement of diverse health care professionals will help us achieve vibrant health in our region.”
Latest News - IEHP Sponsors Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative Scholarships and Awards
nsorship to Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative (IEDC) that will be distributed to 10 students who applied for IEDC scholarships. Scholarships were distributed June 16 at San Bernardino Valley College, where IEDC Member Denise Booker was also honored for her dedication to bring awareness of Juneteenth to the Riverside community. “Providing opportunities, aid and continuing to advocate and honor individuals who stand for equity is critical to our mission to obtain optimal care and vibrant health in our region,” said IEHP Director of Community Health and IEDC Board President, Dr. Gabriel Uribe. “Since 2019, IEDC has distributed 33 scholarships to Inland Empire students with disabilities who are pursing undergraduate, graduate, vocational or technical degrees. It’s a tradition we hope to continue through our partnerships and community support.” Established in 2006, IEDC is powered by a partnership between IEHP, Community Access Center and PossAbilities of Loma Linda University Health. Today the organization brings together more than 900 service providers from several organizations across the Inland Empire who serve seniors and people with disabilities. “It's imperative we do what we can to level the playing field and advocate for underserved and marginalized communities. That’s what’s so inspiring about Mrs. Booker. She stood up, she spoke up and she sparked positive change in her community,” added Uribe. Booker has been an IEDC member since 2017 and has been active in advocating for the Black community. Through her organization, The Black Collaborative, Booker has led advocacy efforts to inform local politicians and leaders about Juneteenth and why the day is important in our nation’s history. “The collaboration I have with IEDC provides me the opportunity to help a section of my community that I otherwise would not be able to,” said Booker. “My relationship with IEDC brings true the African proverb, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.’”
Latest News - IEHP Welcomes New Chief Information Officer
ion Officer. In this role, Vinil will provide leadership for the overall information technology architecture, as well as the design, development, implementation, and support of IEHP’s systems. Vinil joins IEHP most recently from Health New England, where he served as the Chief Information and Technology Officer and was responsible for managing a unique portfolio and elevating the role of technology from a supportive function to a strategic partner that played a major part in the growth of the organization. Vinil also developed and executed an end-to-end operational roadmap for sales, underwriting and accounting. In addition, he rearchitected and streamlined production support and application development operations to bring stability, predictability, and optimizations to the organization. Prior to his role at Health New England, Vinil served as vice president, digital transformation officer at AIG in New York. While in this role, he led a $50M global digital transformation initiative, which included migration and consolidation of digital properties from 140 countries around the world. Vinil holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and is eager to join IEHP, “I look forward to joining the team and helping fulfill the IEHP mission through collaboration, innovation, and strategic support. There are no limits to what we can achieve for the members, providers, employees, and community when we work together”. “Vinil will make an excellent addition to the team and we are so excited to bring him on board,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “Vinil’s experience and expertise in the field will support our efforts to enhance the effectiveness of the remarkable work IEHP does every day in an effort to heal and inspire the human spirit.”