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Kids and Teens - Teen Health
ol, hang out with friends, play sports and go to dances. But that’s not all! They also make important choices about their future during this transitional time. Many choices teens make will affect their health as they get older. IEHP wants to help ensure teens are making the healthiest choices possible. IEHP wants to make sure teens stay away from risky habits such as: Smoking Using alcohol and other substances Having unprotected sex Missing school IEHP wants to promote healthy habits like: Eating a well-balanced diet Taking care of teens mental health Exercising Getting enough sleep Having regular Doctor visits Looking for information now? Visit the following links for helpful information and tools on teen health topics. By clicking on the links below, you will be leaving the IEHP site. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Adolescent and School Health U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Office of Adolescent Health
San Bernardino County Medi-Cal
of Americans. About nine percent of San Bernardino County residents under the age of 65 were uninsured based on the last count of the US Census. That is why Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) provides coverage to millions of Members in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Discover the health plan that puts its members at the center of their universe. IEHP will not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. Keep reading to learn more about IEHP and the benefits offered to Medi-Cal recipients. IEHP Provides Coverage for San Bernardino County Medi-Cal Recipients Medi-Cal is a no-cost or low-cost health coverage program. It provides health, dental and vision coverage to qualified low-income California residents. IEHP is the health plan for Medi-Cal recipients in San Bernardino County. We are dedicated to providing our Members and local communities with optimal care and vibrant health. Top-Class Medi-Cal Services Medi-Cal is a no-cost or low-cost health coverage program. It provides health, dental and vision coverage to qualified low-income California residents. IEHP is the health plan for Medi-Cal recipients in San Bernardino County. We are dedicated to providing our Members and local communities with optimal care and vibrant health. With IEHP and Medi-Cal coverage, Members not only have access to general health care but also advanced and specialized care such as: Transgender services Laboratory services Radiology services Pediatric care Mental health services Addiction rehabilitation care These are just a few examples of how IEHP’s network of Providers gives Members and their families in San Bernardino County a wide range of medical care. To apply for Medi-Cal in San Bernardino County call the IEHP Enrollment Advisors at (866) 294-4347, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. TTY users should call (800) 720-4347. You may also call Health Care Options at 1-800-430-4263 or visit www.healthcareoptions.dhcs.ca.gov. TTY users should call 1-800-430-7077. Vision Services IEHP provides vision coverage and has a wide network of vision specialists. IEHP Members get a free vision exam every 24 months, additional or more frequent eye exams are covered if medically necessary, such as those with diabetes. You also get a pair of eyeglasses, with both frames and lenses every 24 months, when you have a valid prescription. Contact lens testing and contact lenses may be covered if the use of eyeglasses is not possible due to eye disease or condition. Medi-Cal San Bernardino Dental Services Through Medi-Cal, you and your family get professional dental services. This benefit is included with your Medi-Cal coverage at little to no cost to you. Some of the types of dental care offered include: Diagnostic and preventive dental hygiene (such as examinations, X-rays, and teeth cleanings) Emergency services for pain control Tooth extractions Root canal treatments (anterior/posterior) Scaling and root planning Crowns (prefabricated/laboratory) Orthodontics for children who quality Complete and partial dentures Topical fluoride If you have any questions or need help finding a Medi-Cal dental provider, call the Medi-Cal Dental Customer Service Line at 1-800-322-6384, or visit www.smilecalifornia.org. Medical Trip Transportation Your Medi-Cal benefits include round trip transportation for plan-covered health services and Medi-Cal-covered services, such as mental health, substance abuse and dental, within San Bernardino and Riverside counties. IEHP covers: Visits to your Primary Care Doctor, Specialists and urgent care clinics. Visit for dental, mental health, substance abuse and other services. Click here to learn more about transportation services offered by IEHP. How to Apply for Medi-Cal IEHP’s mission to heal and inspire the human spirit is made possible through its Vision—to not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. You have many options to apply for Medi-Cal, these include: Call IEHP Call 1-866-294-4347, 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. TTY users should call 1-800-720-4347. You’ll speak to one of IEHP’s friendly bilingual Enrollment Advisors. By Mail You can mail your completed and signed application to: Covered California P.O. Box 989725 West Sacramento, CA 95798-9725 Or mail it to the Riverside County Medi-Cal Office. Apply in Person Click here to find the Riverside County Medi-Cal Office. Apply Online Click here to apply online. Get Health Coverage Now Become a member of the IEHP family and get access to the top-rated California state medical insurance. For more than 25 years, IEHP has proudly served Inland Empire residents and their families. Join IEHP now and make your health our top priority.
Super Heroes - Super Nutricia
hood obesity and unhealthy eating habits. The campaign features appearances by Super Nutricia at numerous IEHP supported community events, where children, young adults and families can meet her in person and receive free comic books, posters, brochures and other nutrition education materials. Super Nutricia has become well known throughout the Inland Empire and is frequently requested to help support healthy eating initiatives for children and young teens. Super Nutricia Video Super Nutricia Comic Book (PDF)
Super Heroes - Mighty Fitnessa
ity for a healthy body and healthy mind. The campaign features appearances by Mighty Fitnessa at numerous IEHP supported community events. Children, young adults and families can meet her in person at these events and receive free comic books, posters, brochures and other fitness related education materials. Mighty Fitnessa Video Mighty Fitnessa Comic Book (PDF)
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)
Super Heroes - Rad Rider
afety. Rad Rider Bicycle Safety Program, targets children ages of 5 to 14. Rad Rider 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 throughout the years, autographing posters, comic books, and bike helmets. Rad Rider Video Rad Rider Comic Book (PDF)
e questions, call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am–5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. You can also email MemberServices@iehp.org. Medicare/Medi-Cal Members: If you have questions, call IEHP DualChoice at 1-877-273-IEHP (4347), 8am-8pm (PST), 7 days a week, including holidays. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. You can also email MemberServices@iehp.org. If you are a PROVIDER: If you need information, call the Provider Relations Team at (909) 890-2054, 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. You can also email ProviderServices@iehp.org. To enroll with IEHP: If you need healthcare coverage, call 1-866-294-4347, 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. TTY users should call 1-800-720-4347. You’ll speak to one of our friendly bilingual Enrollment Advisors. To verify the employment status of an IEHP employee Please submit your request to the IEHP Human Resources Department: Email: Human_Resources@iehp.org. Fax: 909-477-8544 Phone: 909-890-2000 (and ask for Human Resources) Our Communities For general inquiries please call (909) 890-2000, 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. TTY users should call (909) 890-0731. Prospective Vendors If you are interested in becoming a vendor for IEHP, please visit our Procurement page. For all records processing Please contact the IEHP Legal Department. The Legal Department processes inquiries related to Protected Health Information (“PHI”), Subpoena, Guardianship, Public Records Act (“PRA”), and California Government Claims requests. The Legal Department is also IEHP’s designated Agent for Service of Process. Inland Empire Health Plan Attn: Legal Department 10801 Sixth Street Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 E-mail: email@example.com Fax: (909) 477-8578 Authorization of Release (PDF) - This form authorizes IEHP to use and disclose Protected Health Information. If you are a reporter of the Media/Press Please call our media contact: Kristina Hernandez Media and Public Relations Strategist (909) 552-0509 firstname.lastname@example.org Our Location 10801 Sixth Street Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 Mailing Address P.O. Box 1800 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729-1800 Fax: (909) 890-5877 Claims Mailing Address for IEHP Direct Members Inland Empire Health Plan - Claims P.O. Box 4349 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729-4349 Claims Appeals and Disputes Mailing Address for IEHP Direct Members Inland Empire Health Plan - Claims Appeals and Disputes P.O. Box 4319 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729-4319
Latest News - IEHP Promotes Balance with Youth Activities
l, family and friends, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) offers a regular schedule of fun – and free – classes at its community resource centers. “Extracurricular activities decrease the potential for risky behaviors in children and young adults and provide an increased sense of connectedness and belonging,” said IEHP Community Behavioral Health Clinical Director Amrita Rai. “Any kind of opportunity to engage in activities supporting healthy emotional development can increase self-esteem and the ability to interact with peers, which offers benefits well into adulthood.” IEHP’s community resource centers can help nurture and improve mental health for young Inland Empire residents. The centers offer classes and activities including Zumba, creative arts, cooking and gardening across its three locations in Riverside, San Bernardino and Victorville. Sessions are held Monday through Saturday and can be found on iehp.org. The U.S Surgeon General’s 2021 Advisory further highlights COVID-19’s impact to the ongoing youth mental health crisis, citing the urgent need to address these challenges head-on through coordinated action by community and federal organizations and by recognizing mental health as an essential part of overall health. This concept is not new to IEHP, which is currently partnering with several community organizations and Local Education Agencies to expand behavioral health services in and near schools (Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program). The health plan is also exploring opportunities to add even more free classes and activities for teens and young adults to their centers through a partnership with Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy. “We’re looking forward to adding more fun to our center schedules in the weeks and months to come,” said IEHP Victorville Community Resource Center Manager Delia Orosco. “Our centers serve as a safe space for all who enter, regardless of age, to truly express themselves and we take that very seriously.” To learn more about IEHP Community Resource Centers and class schedules, visit iehp.org.
Latest News - Inland Empire Health Plan Recognized for Healthcare Innovation
ices (DHCS) for their innovative Medi-Cal Primary Care Physician Auto-Assignment Redesign. On an annual basis, DHCS’s Innovation Award recognizes Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plans (MCPs) that have excelled in improving the quality of health care for the millions of beneficiaries receiving Medi-Cal services through managed care. This marks the fifth time IEHP has been honored by DHCS—more times than any other health plan in California. Prior recognitions for its forward-thinking efforts include utilizing location intelligence to reach Members (2020), creating the IEHP Housing Initiative (2018), developing Behavioral Health Integration Complex Care Initiative (2017), and organizing the Transitional Care Project (2015). “We are honored to be recognized for our efforts and unwavering commitment to serving our Members, Providers and communities,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “These efforts support the work we are doing as we recommit to our Mission to heal and inspire the human spirit.” This year’s recognition shines light on IEHP’s PCP auto-assignment process, which focuses on directing health plan Members to Providers with high quality scores, ensuring Members receive optimal care and incentivizing Providers’ great work. To do so, IEHP created an assignment algorithm incorporating over a dozen weighted provider attributes related to their quality scores. “Innovation allows us to see beyond our present circumstances and barriers and expand our thinking to what is possible for our Members and Providers,” added McNaughton. “In every connection, we have the ability to inspire and empower them to achieve their fullest potential.”
Latest News - IEHP Announces Angelica Baltazar as New Foundation President
it Medicare-Medicaid plan in the country, today announced that Angelica Baltazar, MSW, has been named as president of the newly created IEHP Foundation. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of IEHP and is uniquely positioned to increase philanthropy and generosity in the region, helping to fill the void for those most vulnerable and keeping dollars in the community. The Foundation’s work is centered around achieving what IEHP calls Vibrant Health for the Inland Empire. Vibrant Health means that IEHP’s Members and the residents of the Inland Empire will have access to a better, more joyful life through programs that address the root causes of illness, health equity, and the core needs of the community. Baltazar has more than 20 years of experience in the public health and human services sectors. She joins IEHP from San Antonio Regional Hospital where she most recently served as the Executive Lead for Health Equity and the Executive Director of the Lewis-San Antonio Healthy Communities Institute. Baltazar holds a bachelor’s in social work from Cal Poly Pomona and master’s in policy planning and administration from Loma Linda University. She is a community advisory member for Inland SoCal United Way, and a board member of Partners for Better Health and Promise Scholars. “Finding the right person to lead the IEHP Foundation was a critical first step in its development,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “Angelica’s expertise in this field will support our efforts to improve the health of the IE for decades into the future.”
Latest News - IEHP Launches Campaigns to Increase Vaccine Rates in the Inland Empire
e Health Plan (IEHP) has organized a series of educational campaigns, community partnerships and stakeholder collaborations to provide access and educational support to unvaccinated residents. According to state data, Black and Hispanic communities and Medi-Cal Members rank among the lowest in vaccination rates in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In addition, case rates for COVID-19 positive patients in the region continue to dramatically fluctuate, posing ongoing uncertainty and risk. “The COVID-19 vaccine is the most ‘certainty’ we’ve had in fighting this virus,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP Chief Medical Officer. “While it is possible to be vaccinated and still contract the virus, data shows the vaccine has been incredibly effective in reducing the impacts of the virus, thus reducing hospitalizations and deaths. That’s why receiving the vaccine is so critical.” Since the roll out of the vaccine, IEHP has participated in several pop-up vaccine events, including a partnership with Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) and SAC Health System (SACHS), to organize a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church (St. Paul AME) in San Bernardino, a prominent place of worship for the county’s Black Community. With additional funding coming from the state Medi-Cal COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program, IEHP will continue to develop partnerships with the counties, community-based organizations, schools and churches to get innovate and craft additional actions to improve vaccination rates. IEHP will also be developing an incentive program to encourage IEHP network providers to increase the rates of COVID vaccination. “We understand the fears of those who chose to remain unvaccinated, and we want to empower these individuals by meeting them in familiar spaces, equipping them with facts, information and opportunities to receive their vaccine,” added Wada. “Familiarity and trust are a large part of making that decision, and we’re grateful to partner with community leaders and organizations to continue building that trust.” Last month, IEHP also partnered with sister plan L.A. Care to launch an educational campaign with the help of award-winning actor Jaime Camil, known for his work on The CW’s Jane the Virgin and Disney’s Coco. The effort included Instagram Live events, PSAs and billboards that will run in the weeks to come. “In addition to battling the pandemic, we’re also battling a bit of an info-demic,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “Providing our communities with factual, honest information about the vaccine in a way that relates to them personally, can make all the difference. Health care is incredibly personal, and we’re grateful to work with such an esteemed group of partners to ensure that our most vulnerable residents are equipped with all they need to enjoy optimal care and vibrant health.” The health plan will continue to serve San Bernardino County as a super vaccination site, hosting a clinic in their Rancho Cucamonga headquarters, with plans to expand operations with additional community health partners in the near future. To learn more, visit sbcovid19.com/vaccine.
Latest News - IEHP Supports Local Trunk-Or-Treat for Children with Disabilities
loween this year with a special Trunk-Or-Treat in San Bernardino. The second annual Trunk-Or-Treat event is the result of a partnership between Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL) and will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 5-8 p.m. at the SCRS-IL’s San Bernardino office at 1950 S. Sunwest Lane. “This is the only Inland Empire event serving our disabled community in the month of October,” said SCRS-IL Chief Executive Officer Rudy Contreras, who organized the inaugural Trunk-Or-Treat in just 30 days last year after learning the community needed a Halloween activity for children with disabilities during the pandemic. The Trunk-Or-Treat will feature carnival games, candy, accessible spooky mazes, snacks, refreshments, community resources and a vaccine clinic. “Last year’s event was a reopening of inclusivity, and this year, we’re building on that with more sponsors, games, prizes, booths and even more community,” added Contreras. “With partners like IEHP, we’re able to make that happen and create safe, inclusive spaces that celebrate the diversity of our community.” Attendees who receive a vaccine at the event will receive a free cooler or beach chair, and IEHP members ages 6 and older who receive their first vaccine will be given a $50 gift card. Grocery boxes will also be provided to the first 150 families in attendance. “When community partners and organizations come together and support the needs of our neighbors and communities, we move one step closer to ensuring vibrant health to those we serve,” said IEHP Independent Living and Diversity Services Community Health Representative Jose Solorzano. “It doesn’t get any better than that.” For more information, visit https://www.scrs-ilc.org/trunkortreat.
Latest News - 683 Free COVID-19 Test Kits Distributed to Inland Empire Residents
helping to enhance access to testing in the region. Distributions were organized through the health plan’s Community Resource Centers in Riverside, San Bernardino and Victorville. In addition to the state’s on-going effort to provide tests to Medi-Cal Members through Medi-Cal enrolled pharmacies, IEHP was eager to provide additional testing access by purchasing and distributing tests directly to their Membership. Members received two test kits per family, which includes a total of four antigen tests. Earlier this year, at the height of the Omicron variant’s surge, rapid COVID-19 testing opportunities were in high demand while the supply was very limited. “Access to testing is essential to community health,” said Dr. Gabriel Uribe, IEHP’s Community Health Director. “Having access to COVID-19 testing reduces transmission in our region by helping residents make informed decisions about their health. Knowing whether or not you are positive for COVID-19 can make all the difference in the lives of your friends and family.” Tests distributed by the health plan are not PCR tests and are not acceptable for travel or events, but can be used for quick results. While only IEHP Members were eligible to receive COVID-19 tests through the health plan, Non-Members are encouraged to visit Riverside or San Bernardino County’s websites for test kit distribution locations. IEHP is also reminding Members that in-home COVID-19 test kits purchased between 3/11/21 and 1/31/22 can be reimbursed with a receipt using the DHCS claims process. “Providing our Members access to quality tests, care and support remains our largest priority,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP’s Chief Medical Officer. “As a community-based health plan, we are actively looking for new and innovative ways to fulfill our mission to heal and inspire spirit and will continue to do so, even in the face of this uncertain pandemic.” Upcoming distributions are scheduled for Tuesday, February 15 at all IEHP Community Resource Centers from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Visit IEHP’s Facebook page for details.
Latest News - IEHP Physicians Encourage COVID-19 Vaccines for Youth
ren (ages 5-11) against COVID-19 as cases continue to surge across the state. The health plan is supporting access to the vaccine for Inland Empire families through sponsorships of child-friendly vaccine clinics across Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Members who receive their first COVID-19 vaccine are also eligible to receive a free $50 gift card at IEHP-sponsored clinics listed on the health plan’s website. IEHP is also providing fact-based information for parents and guardians on their website and across the plan’s social media accounts. “IEHP is joining forces with several partners to ensure the community has access to vaccines and clinical information to stay healthy,” said Dr. Priya Batra, IEHP’s Senior Medical Director for Family and Community Health. “Vaccinating children who are eligible can protect unvaccinated younger siblings and family Members who are vulnerable to COVID-19. The risk of hospitalization and health complications is greatly reduced in children who are vaccinated.” According to the CDC, the approved complete Pfizer dose for children aged 5-11 is 20 micrograms (a third of the 60 micrograms for adults) – administered at 10 micrograms per dose 21 days apart – and has undergone rigorous testing to prove it is safe and effective. “It’s no secret the vaccine is effective in dramatically reducing contraction of COVID-19 and symptoms requiring hospitalization,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP’s Chief Medical Officer. “Providing our children that protection is essential, especially as our communities continue to open and try to return to normal operations. Vaccinating children will encourage and allow the safe return of all our children’s favorite sporting activities, play dates, school functions and more.” Click here to learn more about where to receive COVID-19 vaccines for you and your child.
Latest News - Nominations Now Open: IEHP Living the Mission Awards
er place for all? Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is currently collecting nominations for its 2023 Living the Mission Awards, which will be announced next spring. Nominations can be made until Feb. 15, 2023, by visiting LivingTheMissionAwards.IEHP.org. Categories for the awards include Creativity and Innovation, Vibrant Health, Optimal Care and Inspire. The Creativity and Innovation Award will honor a provider, entity or community partner that exemplifies the courage to “break the mold” in pursuit of innovative ways to address health concerns for Inland Empire residents. IEHP’s Vibrant Health Award will recognize a provider, entity or community partner that exemplifies engagement with the well-being and joyful life of residents in the Inland Empire. The health plan’s Optimal Care Award will celebrate a provider or entity that exemplifies world-class care and outcomes in preventive care, chronic care or hospital care. In addition, the Inspire Award will acknowledge a provider, an entity or community partner that exemplifies IEHP’s mission, “We heal and inspire the human spirit.” Earlier this year, Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSB) and SAC Health System earned IEHP’s first Living the Mission Awards. This recognition highlighted CAPSB’s dedication to eliminate effects of poverty and SAC Health System’s tireless support and service to residents in both Riverside and San Bernardino counties. “The work we do each and every day to fulfill our mission to heal and inspire the human spirit is made possible through the innovative and courageous contributions of our providers and partners,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “We look forward to honoring these groups and continuing our collaborative work to make the Inland Empire a healthier place for all.” Awards will be announced at IEHP’s annual Mission Conference scheduled for May 5, 2023. To learn more, visit missionconference.iehp.org.
Latest News - IEHP Community Resource Centers invite you on a virtual tour
irtual tour video of the health plan’s Victorville Community Resource Center. “Everyone who walks through our door is family,” said Delia Orosco, IEHP’s Victorville Community Resource Center manager. “Regardless if you’re an IEHP Member or not, your care and your health matter to us, and we can’t wait to welcome you into our centers soon!” With locations also in Riverside and San Bernardino, Calif., the virtual tour highlights some of the centers’ most popular offerings, including free fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and computer labs. “The centers conduct education classes on a variety of health and wellness topics,” shared Carmen Ramirez, IEHP’s Community Behavioral Health and Social Supports manager, as she further explained the range of free course topics, from nutrition, diabetes control, managing asthma and stress to general benefit information for Members. The tour also features an in-depth look at cooking demonstrations and a peek into the computer labs, which can be used for job searches, various educational courses and to further access to no-cost resources like legal support and housing. “There are people here who will help with resumes, job searches, interviews and placement. And the best part is, it won’t cost anything,” said IEHP’s Health Educator Allita Watkins. For locations, class schedules and more information about IEHP’s Community Resource Center, visit iehp.org.
Latest News - For its 26th Anniversary, IEHP Honors ‘Original’ Team Members
Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) had officially opened its doors. Twenty-six years later, a small cohort of team members hired during the health plan’s opening year – self-proclaimed, “The Originals” – continue to serve their community as IEHP team members. Comprised of team members from various departments across the health plan, the Originals have contributed to some of IEHP’s most critical projects, supporting the health plan’s innovative spirit and providing optimal care for more than 1.6 million members. “Our IEHP Originals continue to push us forward through their deep commitment and understanding of what it means to be an IEHP team member,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “This group reminds us each and every day of where we’ve been, and why we must continue to move forward.” As IEHP celebrates and reflects on the organization’s 26th anniversary this year, the health plan is also honoring its Originals to share more about their commitment and their unique place in IEHP’s history. “If we worked late or on the weekends, you’d often find our kids at work – they’d play in the open spaces or at the desks while we kept working,” recalled IEHP IT Test Governance and Coordination Manager Imelda Ramirez. “My son used to play under my desk with his Matchbox cars. I still have them at my desk. It was a family adventure getting ready for go-live in 1996 and those first few years.” To learn more about IEHP’s Originals and their stories, visit IEHP on LinkedIn.
Latest News - IEHP Offers Vaccine Clinic During International Tamale Festival
Indio, Calif., on Dec. 4 and 5. A long-time supporter of the festival, IEHP will provide health education resources and host a free vaccine clinic near the festival. In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, IEHP’s vaccine clinic will be located just two blocks away from the festival at 45720 Smurr St. in Indio and will offer free COVID-19 and flu vaccines to adults and children from 12-6 p.m. Appointments are not required. Indio’s International Tamale Festival began in 1992 and welcomes diverse crowds to enjoy handmade tamales from around the world. In addition to world-famous tamales, this year’s festival will feature live musical performances, entry to the World’s Biggest Bounce House, a roller rink, carnival rides and hundreds of booths. “Supporting the Indio Tamale Festival has become a tradition for IEHP for more than 15 years,” said Marci Coffey, IEHP’s Community Partnerships Director. “The festival provides fun, family-centered time for our community, and we’re always eager to provide benefit information and connections to resources. This year, we’re especially eager to get back to the festival and offer vaccines to the community.” Historically, hundreds of IEHP Team Members and their family members volunteered for the annual event and were bussed from the health plan’s corporate headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga to Indio. This year, IEHP’s community health teams will be spread throughout the region to support Indio’s Tamale Festival and additional community events in Rialto, Victorville and Needles. “We want our members and communities to enjoy all the fun during the holidays in the safest way possible,” said Cesar Armendariz, IEHP’s Senior Director of Community Health. “We’re grateful to have the resources and strategic partnerships in place to make vaccines accessible to those who need them and look forward to continuing to encourage optimal care and vibrant health in our region.”
Latest News - IEHP Ranks 99th Percentile in Nation for Provider Satisfaction
the health plan in the 99th percentile for provider satisfaction nationwide. Administered to the health plan’s provider network by phone through a third party vendor, the annual survey measures provider satisfaction with the services and support received directly from IEHP. The survey included responses from primary care physicians, specialists and behavioral health providers. “To deliver the best care to our members, our providers need ongoing support from their health plan partner,” said Susie White, IEHP Chief Operating Officer. “Survey responses alert us to what areas we need to improve upon and where gaps lie so we can be effective in applying strategic solutions to support our providers. Ultimately we want to ensure our Providers are feeling secure and confident in the work and services they provide to our members. This survey provides great insight into that.” To gain actionable feedback from the plan’s provider network, the survey focused on key drivers of provider satisfaction. Top drivers included: access to case and care managers, timeliness of claims processing, and number of specialists in the network. A notable 98.1% of providers shared they would recommend IEHP to other physician practices. Broken down by category, IEHP ranked within the 99th percentile for provider relations, health plan call center staff, pharmacy, utilization and quality management, and coordination of care. The health plan also scored in the 99th percentile in the financial category, highlighting the health plan’s ability to resolve questions or discrepancies of payment. The survey provided additional insight for ways to improve support activities. “Our provider feedback pointed us to a really great opportunity to enhance access to resources and information supporting telehealth services,” said White. “As we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic together, reinforcing efforts in this area will be critical for our communities.” “The last two years have been an extraordinarily difficult time for our Providers as healthcare professionals and as human beings,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “I can’t begin to say how grateful we are for their work in our community and IEHP is committed to make every effort to support our Providers so our Members and Communities can enjoy the optimal care they deserve.”
Latest News - Together with EASE: IEHP Partners to Promote Awareness and Early Childhood Detection of Diabetes
spread awareness about Type 1 diabetes and the detection of the chronic health condition in children. Together, the two organizations will actively distribute and promote educational material and work to connect the community with supportive resources. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the frequency of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in young people is a growing clinical and public health concern. While Type 2 diabetes is preventable, Type 1 diabetes is not. Type 1 diabetes is characterized by deficient insulin production and requires daily doses of the key hormone that converts glucose into energy. Diabetes has the potential to damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves, according to the World Health Organization. EASE T1D is the joint effort of two mothers, Debbie George and Michelle Thornburg, who have children with Type 1 (T1D) diabetes. Through their more than 25 years of combined experience, they have come to recognize areas of significant need and have joined forces to apply their knowledge as parents of young diabetics through Education, Awareness, Support and Empowerment (EASE). “The goal of EASE T1D is to raise public awareness of what Type 1 diabetes is and the onset symptoms,” said Debbie George, who co-founded EASE T1D. “So many times, children go undiagnosed because a parent thought it was a simple virus.” “Excessive thirst, frequent urination, weakness and weight loss are the top four symptoms,” added George. “And because there are so many illnesses these symptoms could be attributed to, awareness is critical.” The non-profit group is also active in shaping state law, recently partnering with Poison lead singer and reality TV star Bret Michaels – diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 6 years old – in support of California’s Senate Bill 97, which requires Type 1 diabetes information to be available on the California Department of Education’s website and to be distributed to parents and guardians of K-12 students. The bill was signed into law in October 2021 as a part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $123.9 billion K-12 package. “Empowering parents and guardians with this information is a great step in extending preventive health care services to our community,” said Dr. Wada, IEHP’s chief medical officer. “This partnership will help us to fill in the gaps and truly meet our members where they are.” To learn more about EASE T1D, visit EASET1D.org.