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Testimonials - Betty Daniels

experience as an OB/GYN, Dr. Betty Daniels has had her fair share of high-risk patients. Being a good doctor means knowing what those patients need in order to survive, even if that means doing things outside the normal plan of care. Dr. Daniels recalled the story of a patient with a history of a previous embolism. She knew this IEHP Member would need a higher level of care than what a community hospital could provide when it came time for delivery. Dr. Daniels requested a transfer to Loma Linda University Medical Center and IEHP agreed. “That’s what a patient advocate does,” said Dr. Daniels, who practices at two clinics operated by the Woman to Woman OB/GYN Medical Group. “And IEHP is one of the best patient advocates around.” From the commitment to help Providers decrease cesarean rates to the recent launch of a doula program, Dr. Daniels said she considers IEHP her partner in providing quality care to her patients. “I’m constantly impressed by IEHP’s initiatives because they’re always centered around quality and what’s best for the patient. I don’t see other health plans offering these types of solutions or resources,” she said. Dr. Daniels says her office staff especially appreciates IEHP’s timely authorization and referral process because it helps them get Members the medications and services they need – when they need it the most. Even the IEHP grievance process plays a role in improving quality since it addresses Member concerns and complaints. It can shed light on gaps in care or breakdowns in communication. And even if there are no issues to be found, at least patients know that they’re being listened to. “It makes patients feel good to know that their health plan cares about them,” she said.  

Testimonials - Frank

lly, you Zumba.  The Victorville resident discovered Zumba classes last year at IEHP’s Community Resource Center (CRC) and it has become one of his favorite things to do. Diagnosed with high blood pressure, Frank started visiting the CRC because he had heard it offered no-cost health and fitness classes for the community. What he found though, was so much more.  “I met with a CRC Health Navigator and she was able to help me get assistance with behavioral health services, housing, even with my resume,” he said. “She also signed me up for classes like Tai Chi, Meditation and, of course, Zumba.”  After several months, Frank noticed his body and his spirt were growing stronger by the day. He lost 50 pounds, learned how to eat better, got his blood pressure under control and learned important coping skills that helped him deal with depression and anxiety.   “The staff is wonderful, the classes provided are outstanding and I love the fact that when you walk in, you’re treated like family,” Frank said. “When I arrive in the morning, I’m ready to start my day when I feel the positive energy from this facility and the people inside.” Today, Frank is an unofficial ambassador for the CRC. He visits almost every day and tells everyone he meets about how the CRC and IEHP helped him change his life and live healthier. Even still, he’s not shy when it comes to sharing feedback with the staff if he thinks something can be done even better.  “They listen to everything I say because they really want to help. IEHP is in touch with the needs of the community and for that I’m grateful,” he said.   

Testimonials - Tiffany Thompson

a detective. Her investigations as a process improvement facilitator are meant to root out the cause behind a process that isn’t working. But her work doesn’t end there. She also teams up with various departments to solve their issues. “Quality is always in the forefront. It’s the key that drives our performance improvement initiatives,” she said. Take for example, the six months she spent working with Member Services to improve response rates, improve Members’ call experiences and enhance outcomes. Tiffani and the team wanted to know why Members were calling back regarding the same issue or why they were hanging up before speaking to a representative. It turned out, the answers weren’t the most obvious, requiring a more focused and strategic approach to the project that is still ongoing. Education and training are also important components when it comes to process improvement. “The best part is seeing a department have its ‘Ah-ha’ moment. That’s when everyone lands on the same page and when the road to get to the best outcome becomes clear,” Tiffani explained. She shared that she’s noticed a change in the culture when it comes to performance improvement initiatives. Front-line Team Members are feeling more and more empowered to bring issues to their leaders through daily huddles or rapid improvement events. Tiffani says that shows how committed her colleagues are to delivering great Member experiences across the organization. “They have first-hand knowledge of what’s working and what can be better. We’re becoming more proactive when it comes to performance improvement and that is only going to benefit our Members,” she said.

Testimonials - Gayani DeSilva

ted States are living with some form of behavioral health issue.  In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 50 percent of lifetime mental health illnesses begin by age 14. Yet unlike diabetes or cancer, most people don’t feel comfortable talking about their behavioral health concerns with their Doctor.  Dr. Gayani DeSilva is hopeful that will change sooner rather than later.  “Physical health and mental health affect the whole person, so it’s important that both are considered when we look at how to improve quality and awareness,” said Dr. DeSilva, a psychiatrist and the medical director of Behavioral Health at IEHP.  Before joining the health plan in 2019, Dr. DeSilva treated IEHP Members in a variety of settings and even then she realized IEHP was different in terms of its coordination of behavioral health care. She saw that IEHP patients were more educated about how to access their services and were more confident that they would get the treatment they needed.  Now, as an IEHP Team Member, Dr. DeSilva knows why.  “The team is very conscientious and aware of what our Members need. We don’t just want to meet the expectations of our Members, but exceed them,” she said. Dr. DeSilva said her role as medical director isn’t just to provide clinical leadership for the department. She also wants to facilitate the ongoing integration between Utilization Management, Behavioral Health and Care Coordination even more. Removing barriers and improving access to care is another top priority, she said. That’s the goal behind a new program that will offer home-based behavioral health services to IEHP Members who are unable to go outside of their house for treatment.  “We’re always thinking of how to do things better in order to meet the needs of our Members,” she said.   

Testimonials - Scott Gary

ct training to work at IEHP? “It’s all about the mission,” said Scott Gary, a lead instructional designer in Learning & Development who served 10 years in the Army. “That’s what’s most important. That’s what motivates you.” A shared IEHP mission enables Team Members to focus on a common goal and work toward achieving it together. It also emphasizes collaboration rather than competition – unlike other corporate workplaces. Scott says that spirit of collaboration also fosters true employee engagement. It’s one of the main reasons why he enjoys works at IEHP. “The culture here is really unique,” Scott said. “The emphasis on a work-life balance shows that our leaders care about our well-being and that makes you feel good about what you do here. You feel valued.” High engagement is an important driver of quality as well, he added.  If a quality issue or concern is raised, the immediate question that comes after that is, “How can we do better?” He credits that responsiveness and dedication to a supportive and engaged team culture. “In my work with other departments, I see firsthand how committed Team Members are to improving quality and to their best,” Gary said. “It’s because they care.”

Managing Your Illness - Asthma

ms available to help you manage your condition and take control of your health. IEHP Family Asthma Program To control your asthma, you need a good plan to manage your symptoms. Knowing your triggers, using your peak flow meter regularly, and using an Asthma Action Plan are great steps towards better asthma management. To learn more checkout our FREE Family Asthma Classes! The IEHP Family Asthma Program offers free asthma education and self-management strategies to IEHP Members and community members to better manage their asthma. The program consists of an interactive Family Asthma Class.  The Family Asthma Class is held at least twice a month at different community sites throughout San Bernardino and Riverside County. Family Asthma Class Format: Group Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes Ages: Any age if diagnosed with asthma (anyone under 18 years must be accompanied by parent or guardian) What do you get from our Family Asthma Classes? You will learn how to use asthma self-management tools such as a spacer, peak flow meter, and an Asthma Action Plan. Learn how to identify, avoid and reduce asthma triggers in your environment. Asthma Classes offer social support and an opportunity to share and learn from the experiences of others. Call IEHP Health Education Department at 1-866-224-IEHP (4347) or 1-800-718-4347 for TTY users to find a class near you.  Health Talk Health Talk is where we share ways to keep you feeling well. Whether you're interested in staying healthy or want to learn how to manage a health condition, we’ve got something for you. We share resources, facts and support your doctor’s advice – all in a way that’s friendly and easy to follow. So, join us on Health Talk, a podcast presented by IEHP, your Inland Empire Health Plan. Health Talk: Part 1: What is asthma, asthma symptoms and asthma attack? Health Talk - Part 2: Identifying Asthma Triggers Health Talk Part 3: Asthma Medicines and Management Strategies  

Managing Your Illness - Diabetes

thy lives.  Although having diabetes can put you at risk for serious health problems, there is a lot you can do to stay well and delay or prevent any complications. The Diabetes Self-Management Workshop is for people with type 2 diabetes and their relatives or that need information on diabetes self-management.  Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Format: Group Duration: 6 weeks (2 hours per workshop) Ages: Any age if diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by parent or guardian) Participants have the opportunity to ask questions, offer comments, and share their experiences and ideas about managing and controlling diabetes. We will have weekly action plans to help you, your friends and your family learn and practice self-management skills. In this workshop participants will learn about: Diabetes and health risks How to manage diabetes Healthy lifestyle changes Meal planning Diabetes medicines This workshop is offered in Riverside and San Bernardino.  Call IEHP Health Education Department at 1-866-224-IEHP (4347) or 1-800-718-4347 for TTY users to sign up! Additional Resources By clicking on the links below, you will be leaving the IEHP site. Loma Linda Diabetes Treatment Center IEHP Members can call 909-558-3022 to make an appointment. American Diabetes Association  Learn more about diabetes, meal planning, and eating out. This website also gives you free recipes. www.diabetes.org   Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Diabetes Home Diabetes and Your Feet Learn how to protect your feet and kee them healthy for an active life. National Diabetes Education Program  Learn how you can avoid problems related to diabetes. You can select topics you want to learn more. www.ndep.nih.gov   You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader.  

Special Programs - Services for Teen Patients

resource guide will help direct teens to community resources - from abuse and domestic violence counseling, to birth control and pregnancy testing, to job training and recreation. By clicking on this link, you will be leaving the IEHP website. San Bernardino County Teen Resource Page

How to Get Care - Telehealth

ensure you can continue to get the care you need, some* IEHP Doctors (including Behavioral Health) offer telehealth visits.  It’s easy to set up. Just call or message your Doctor’s office to see if telehealth is offered and schedule your visit. Why set up a telehealth visit? Saves you a trip to the Doctor’s office Easy to access using a phone or computer Helps keep you safe and secure (and limits the spread of COVID-19) More reasons to use telehealth: Pay $0. There is no copay. Telehealth is part of your health benefit. Convenient. A video visit can be done from anywhere with internet access. You don’t need to take time off from work, take a bus, or hire a sitter for the kids. What is needed: For a telephone visit - landline or mobile phone Video visit - Computer, tablet or smartphone with camera, speaker and a microphone, and internet access * Not all IEHP Doctors provide telehealth visits. Ask your Doctor’s office if they offer these services. Your Doctor will decide if it is the right choice for your health care needs.

Super Heroes - Eradicator

lts, ages 5-16, about the health-related dangers of smoking and tobacco usage. Eradicator makes appearances at a variety of community events, including school events, health fairs and other health-related activities. He has connected with thousands of children and young adults throughout the years, autographing posters and comic books. Eradicator Video Eradicator Comic Book (PDF)

Helpful Information and Resources - 211 Services

al services in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  Support and community groups Healthcare and counseling Housing, food and clothing Where to report abuse Employment Call 211 anytime, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential. You can talk to someone in English, Spanish, or other languages. For more information on 211, visit 211.org. 

Leadership Team - Janet Nix, EdD

for the organizational development and operations of Human Resources. As the Chief of Organizational Development, utilizing her vast experience and expertise, Dr. Nix leads the way to continue developing and improving the core functions of IEHP’s Human Resources. Dr. Nix’s key focus includes impacting the IEHP culture and enriching IEHP’s goal of developing each employee. Dr. Nix is in charge of many critical tasks including driving IEHP’s processes for recruitment, hiring, on-boarding, benefits administration, company-wide training, and building employee morale.In her role, she is greatly motivated by and focused on supporting IEHP’s core values. Dr. Nix brings 30 years of experience to IEHP—15 years in education, and 15 years in healthcare. She is very experienced in organizational development, employee engagement, training at all levels in hospital and health systems environments, and many other areas of Human Resources functions. Her knowledge serves her position at IEHP seamlessly as she leads IEHP’s employee development, leadership development, and company environment advancement. Prior to IEHP, Dr. Nix worked as the Chief Learning Officer for the Hospital Sisters Health System in Illinois, which encompasses 13 hospitals and three integrated physician networks, including 15,000 employees. Previously, Dr. Nix worked as Assistant Vice President of Learning and Curriculum at St. Mary’s Medical Center, and as Dean of Instruction at Victor Valley Community College District. Dr. Nix earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare and Master of Public Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Nix also earned her Doctor of Educational Leadership from the University of LaVerne.

Governing Board - Dawn Rowe

d to the Board of Supervisors in December of 2018. Prior to joining the Board of Supervisors, Dawn served on the Yucca Valley Town Council from 2010 to 2014. Dawn was re-elected by her Third District constituents and began her first elected four-year term on the Board of Supervisors in December 2020. In January 2021 she was appointed to the IEHP Governing Board. As the San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor, Rowe represents one of the largest districts in in the county, spanning the Mojave Basin to the mountain communities, and the city of Barstow to the valley communities. As County Supervisor, Rowe is focused on making San Bernardino County a business-friendly environment, improving infrastructure, and strengthening public safety.