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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.  

Healthcare Scholarship Fund - Our Scholars

group of students from the Inland Empire. More than 30 recipient students grew up in the Inland Empire and more than 50% are first generation medical students and grew up in low-income households. Through the scholarship fund, aspiring healthcare professionals will be guided through the system and connected to the health plan’s provider network. This allows students to pursue successful careers in healthcare immediately after graduation to help support the region’s growing population. Loma Linda University School of Medicine Inland Empire Medical Community Service Awardees Class of 2022 Ye Jin Jeon Ye Jin's Why: “I applied for the Inland Empire Medical Community Service Award because the goal and priority to expand access to care and healthcare provider options for the Southern California region aligns with my calling. As a child growing up in the San Bernardino County, I saw the economic disproportion within my own neighborhood, and this compelled me…God has led me pursue my medical career” Class of 2024 Edwin Choque Edwin's Why: “Simply put, my heart lies in the Inland Empire. This community of individuals have fostered me and loved me since I was a child and all I can hope is to pay that love and care forward. . . . My dream is to be on the front lines as a representative for these individuals who frequently become marginalized…” University of California, Riverside Dean's Mission Recipients Four Year Award Elizabeth Celaya-Ojeda Elizabeth's Why: “I want to work particularly with the underserved in this area because I truly believe that being a physician is a privilege and with that there is a responsibility to be an advocate for those who are facing health disparities. I am particularly interested in providing care to underserved Native American and Hispanic communities. Not many healthcare providers are aware of the disparities these two communities face and I want to be an advocate for them, especially in the Inland Empire.” Alfonso Parocua Alfonso's Why: “Growing up, my family lacked meaningful access to healthcare and relied on a local free clinic as our only means of interacting with a physician. Through my personal experience with the free clinic, I developed a passion for service to the underserved communities who lack meaningful access to basic healthcare amenities due to low socioeconomic status. I sought opportunities that would allow me to pay my gratitude forward by becoming part of the solution to healthcare disparities in Inland Southern California. Through my volunteer efforts in free clinics and other community involvement programs, I witnessed the passion and dedication that health care providers and volunteers in the area have towards the underserved community. This realization deepened my connection to Inland Southern California because I was reminded so much of the health care professionals that helped my family when they couldn't help themselves.” Two Year Award Cesar Fortuna Cesar's Why: “A San Bernardino native, I have had the opportunity to volunteer in my community as a Spanish language translator for free clinics. Most patients I have spoken with fell into the category of uninsured, underinsured, or undocumented. It became clear the extent of need in this region when I would translate to the providers that this was the first-time dozens of our patients had ever seen a medical professional; however, this wasn’t uncommon. To these patients and their stories, I thank them because they inspire me to pursue Emergency Medicine where I can become a valuable player in providing care, providing resources, or providing comfort.” Lavinia Mitroi Lavinia's Why: “My goal of pursuing a career at the intersection of medicine and public health is driven by a desire to put patients and communities at the center of our health care system in the U.S. This desire was sparked most poignantly by my own experiences as an IEHP patient growing up in the Inland Empire. As I prepare for a future career as a pediatrician in this region, I hope to serve as an advocate for children and families, providing direct health services but also creating systems change.” Armando Navarro Armando's Why: “The earliest memory of my grandfather is him telling me, “Mijo, tienes que aprender Español para ayudar tu comunidad, you have to learn how to speak Spanish to help your community”. These words were often repeated to me by my grandfather who lamented the fact that he only spoke Spanish. I witnessed the health disparities affecting my community; doctors who did not speak Spanish, parents who could not afford a trip to the doctors’ office, and a healthcare system that was not inclusive of my community’s culture. I have a duty to give back to a school, a community, that has given me so much.” Christ Ordookhanian Christ's Why: “I see the medical profession through the lens of an individual who had lived through challenging times and witnessed how one individual provider can make such and impact when their heart is in the right place. My dedication to our underserved community stems from that of a lifelong mission I have set for myself which is to ensure I give back to a community that I am deeply associated with, they are my founding roots in the United States, and I vow to be at the forefront of the next generation of physicians that care and give the underserved hope.” University of California, Riverside Dean's Mission Recipients Daphne Du Daphne's Why: “I spent most of my life in underprivileged areas and saw firsthand how difficult healthcare access could be through inadequate financial resources, transportation, or translation services. Thanks to this investment in my studies, there is less stress in my life. I can focus on my studies and eventually give back to the community by becoming a physician who will advocate for patients without meaningful access to health care.” Judith Gonzales Judith's Why: “As a first-generation college student, there have always been many barriers in my path to higher education. I am the eldest daughter of an immigrant family, and it is truly an honor to be able to reach this point in my education and in my career, and to give back to my parents who have sacrificed so much for me and my sisters. Growing up in an underserved community showed me the long-lasting impacts of health inequities and strengthened my resolve to pursue a career in medicine. Working in the Inland Empire, I hope to not only address, but actively work towards combating the health inequity present in our communities.” Jordan Hough Jordan's Why: “Despite disadvantages encountered when living in a low-income community, I am grateful for the privilege I had in meeting physicians dedicated to their practice and willing to share that love through mentorship. These individuals have served as exemplary medical professionals and have encouraged me to follow in their footsteps. As a future physician, I aspire to empathetically care for patients by allowing my past experiences to enhance my understanding of their needs. I also plan to incorporate teaching into patient care by presenting opportunities for students to shadow and be mentored for a career in medicine.” Diana Martinez Diana's Why: “I am the daughter of Mexican Immigrants and grew up in Compton, California where I unfortunately was quickly desensitized to violence and was able to tell the difference between a firework and a gun shot. My mother had to travel a significant distance to ensure we had adequate healthcare. Despite these conditions, my parents always stressed education and did their best to give me what I needed. These life circumstances ignited my passion to serve those in disadvantaged communities, which I interacted with throughout my educational career. The Inland Empire Health Program Scholarship means I can achieve my dream –by practicing medicine in a community that deserves adequate, equitable, and accessible healthcare. I will serve as a bilingual physician in the Inland Empire that can serve families like my own and many more.”

Special Programs - Tobacco Cessation Services

acco Cessation Services   Provider Education Resources Smoking Cessation Resources - Help your patients quit Tobacco The CDC's Brief Tobacco Intervention ASK In a caring manner, at each visit, ...if your patients use tobacco If they do not, congratulate them If they do, proceed to next step ADVISE Patients who use tobacco to consider quitting. Tobacco products can lead to health problems such as...  Heart and Lung Disease Diabetes Stroke Ongoing infections and colds Cancer People exposed to secondhand smoke can also experience these health problems REFER If the patient is interested in quitting, connect them to KICK IT CA and any other local resource (below) Prescribe medications (if appropriate) Congratulate your patient on the decision to quit If patient is not ready to quit, user personalized motivational messages to encourage quitting. Let them know you are here when they are ready. Kick it CA How it works:  Patient will receive services from a Coach that has undergone rigorous training & apprenticeships, participates in weekly monitoring and case reviews, and attend continuing education courses on cultural competency. To enroll, patients can call, chat, or complete an online web form. The patient will then receive a Kick-Off call to collect their basic information and find out what they are trying to quit. Right after kick-off, coaching begins. The patient will receive clinically sound motivational interviewing. The coach will help patient put together a quit plan and set a quit date. The patient will then receive check-ins at times they are most susceptible to relapse. The coach will see if their quit-plan is working and help them modify as needed. Phone Number:  English - 1 (800) 300-8086 Spanish - 1 (800) 600-8191 Website: KICKITCA.ORG Text:  For English: Text "Quit Smoking" or "Quit Vaping" to 66819 For Spanish: Mande "Dejar de Fumar" o "No Vapear" to 66819 Other Smoking Cessation Resources: Link to Resources on Member page: https://iehp.org/en/members/healthy-living?target=smoking-cessation Resources in the Inland Empire: Connect IE Information and Training for Providers: http://www.CAquits.com https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/ Local Tobacco Control Projects: Tobacco Free San Bernardino County: https://healthcollaborative.org/SBCTobaccoControl/ Tobacco Free Riverside County: https://www.rivcotcp.org/ (Back to Tobacco Cessation Services Menu) Tobacco Cessation Services By clicking on these links, you may be leaving the IEHP website. Training: Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation Services for Medi-Cal Members (PDF) The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center's (SCLC): Recordings Available for CME/CE Credit Kick it CA Education, Training and Technical Assistance: https://kickitca.org/health-professionals 5 Major Steps to Intervention: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/5steps.html Tobacco Cessation CPT Codes for Identification ACA Facts Sheets and Resources (American Lung Association): https://www.lung.org/policy-advocacy/healthcare-lung-disease/healthcare-policy/affordable-care-act-tobacco Helpline: https://kickitca.org/ (also available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese)  https://kickitca.org/health-professionals https://kickitca.myshopify.com/collections/all Continuing Medical Education California courses offered through UC Schools of Medicine: https://cmecalifornia.com/Education.aspx Tip: Use key word in search: Tobacco Cessation Centers for Disease Control Coverage for Tobacco Use Cessation Treatments: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/cessation/coverage/ Patients Not Ready to Make a Quit Attempt Now (The “5 R’s”): http://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/5rs.pdf Smokefree.gov: https://smokefree.gov/help-others-quit/health-professionals University of California San Francisco’s Smoking Cessation Leadership Center’s Tools and Resources: https://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/ USPSTF-Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women: Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions: https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/index.php/recommendation/tobacco-use-in-adults-and-pregnant-women-counseling-and-interventions USPSTF-Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions: https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/recommendation/tobacco-and-nicotine-use-prevention-in-children-and-adolescents-primary-care-interventions (Back to Tobacco Cessation Services Menu) You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.

Member Testimonials - Our Members

group of students from the Inland Empire. More than 30 recipient students grew up in the Inland Empire and more than 50% are first generation medical students and grew up in low-income households. Through the scholarship fund, aspiring healthcare professionals will be guided through the system and connected to the health plan’s provider network. This allows students to pursue successful careers in healthcare immediately after graduation to help support the region’s growing population. Loma Linda University School of Medicine Inland Empire Medical Community Service Awardees Class of 2022 Ye Jin Jeon Ye Jin's Why: “I applied for the Inland Empire Medical Community Service Award because the goal and priority to expand access to care and healthcare provider options for the Southern California region aligns with my calling. As a child growing up in the San Bernardino County, I saw the economic disproportion within my own neighborhood, and this compelled me…God has led me pursue my medical career” Class of 2024 Edwin Choque Edwin's Why: “Simply put, my heart lies in the Inland Empire. This community of individuals have fostered me and loved me since I was a child and all I can hope is to pay that love and care forward. . . . My dream is to be on the front lines as a representative for these individuals who frequently become marginalized…” University of California, Riverside Dean's Mission Recipients Four Year Award Elizabeth Celaya-Ojeda Elizabeth's Why: “I want to work particularly with the underserved in this area because I truly believe that being a physician is a privilege and with that there is a responsibility to be an advocate for those who are facing health disparities. I am particularly interested in providing care to underserved Native American and Hispanic communities. Not many healthcare providers are aware of the disparities these two communities face and I want to be an advocate for them, especially in the Inland Empire.” Alfonso Parocua Alfonso's Why: “Growing up, my family lacked meaningful access to healthcare and relied on a local free clinic as our only means of interacting with a physician. Through my personal experience with the free clinic, I developed a passion for service to the underserved communities who lack meaningful access to basic healthcare amenities due to low socioeconomic status. I sought opportunities that would allow me to pay my gratitude forward by becoming part of the solution to healthcare disparities in Inland Southern California. Through my volunteer efforts in free clinics and other community involvement programs, I witnessed the passion and dedication that health care providers and volunteers in the area have towards the underserved community. This realization deepened my connection to Inland Southern California because I was reminded so much of the health care professionals that helped my family when they couldn't help themselves.” Two Year Award Cesar Fortuna Cesar's Why: “A San Bernardino native, I have had the opportunity to volunteer in my community as a Spanish language translator for free clinics. Most patients I have spoken with fell into the category of uninsured, underinsured, or undocumented. It became clear the extent of need in this region when I would translate to the providers that this was the first-time dozens of our patients had ever seen a medical professional; however, this wasn’t uncommon. To these patients and their stories, I thank them because they inspire me to pursue Emergency Medicine where I can become a valuable player in providing care, providing resources, or providing comfort.” Lavinia Mitroi Lavinia's Why: “My goal of pursuing a career at the intersection of medicine and public health is driven by a desire to put patients and communities at the center of our health care system in the U.S. This desire was sparked most poignantly by my own experiences as an IEHP patient growing up in the Inland Empire. As I prepare for a future career as a pediatrician in this region, I hope to serve as an advocate for children and families, providing direct health services but also creating systems change.” Armando Navarro Armando's Why: “The earliest memory of my grandfather is him telling me, “Mijo, tienes que aprender Español para ayudar tu comunidad, you have to learn how to speak Spanish to help your community”. These words were often repeated to me by my grandfather who lamented the fact that he only spoke Spanish. I witnessed the health disparities affecting my community; doctors who did not speak Spanish, parents who could not afford a trip to the doctors’ office, and a healthcare system that was not inclusive of my community’s culture. I have a duty to give back to a school, a community, that has given me so much.” Christ Ordookhanian Christ's Why: “I see the medical profession through the lens of an individual who had lived through challenging times and witnessed how one individual provider can make such and impact when their heart is in the right place. My dedication to our underserved community stems from that of a lifelong mission I have set for myself which is to ensure I give back to a community that I am deeply associated with, they are my founding roots in the United States, and I vow to be at the forefront of the next generation of physicians that care and give the underserved hope.” University of California, Riverside Dean's Mission Recipients Daphne Du Daphne's Why: “I spent most of my life in underprivileged areas and saw firsthand how difficult healthcare access could be through inadequate financial resources, transportation, or translation services. Thanks to this investment in my studies, there is less stress in my life. I can focus on my studies and eventually give back to the community by becoming a physician who will advocate for patients without meaningful access to health care.” Judith Gonzales Judith's Why: “As a first-generation college student, there have always been many barriers in my path to higher education. I am the eldest daughter of an immigrant family, and it is truly an honor to be able to reach this point in my education and in my career, and to give back to my parents who have sacrificed so much for me and my sisters. Growing up in an underserved community showed me the long-lasting impacts of health inequities and strengthened my resolve to pursue a career in medicine. Working in the Inland Empire, I hope to not only address, but actively work towards combating the health inequity present in our communities.” Jordan Hough Jordan's Why: “Despite disadvantages encountered when living in a low-income community, I am grateful for the privilege I had in meeting physicians dedicated to their practice and willing to share that love through mentorship. These individuals have served as exemplary medical professionals and have encouraged me to follow in their footsteps. As a future physician, I aspire to empathetically care for patients by allowing my past experiences to enhance my understanding of their needs. I also plan to incorporate teaching into patient care by presenting opportunities for students to shadow and be mentored for a career in medicine.” Diana Martinez Diana's Why: “I am the daughter of Mexican Immigrants and grew up in Compton, California where I unfortunately was quickly desensitized to violence and was able to tell the difference between a firework and a gun shot. My mother had to travel a significant distance to ensure we had adequate healthcare. Despite these conditions, my parents always stressed education and did their best to give me what I needed. These life circumstances ignited my passion to serve those in disadvantaged communities, which I interacted with throughout my educational career. The Inland Empire Health Program Scholarship means I can achieve my dream –by practicing medicine in a community that deserves adequate, equitable, and accessible healthcare. I will serve as a bilingual physician in the Inland Empire that can serve families like my own and many more.”

Plan Updates - Vaccine Resources

2-2023 influenza season continues to coincide with circulation of COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2). As of August 2022, approximately 94.2 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the United States. Influenza vaccination remains an important tool for the prevention of potentially severe respiratory illness, which helps decrease the stress on the U.S. health care system. IEHP DualChoice members who are 18 years of age or older may obtain flu vaccines through the IEHP Pharmacy Vaccine Network. Vaccine Notice: Access to Pharmacy Vaccine Network (PDF) Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2022-2023 Season (CDC Recommendations) What’s New for 2022-2023  By clicking on these links, you will be leaving the IEHP website. The composition of flu vaccines has been updated. For the 2022-2023 flu season, there are three flu vaccines that are preferentially recommended for people 65 years and older. These are Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent vaccine, Flublok Quadrivalent recombinant flu vaccine and Fluad Quadrivalent adjuvanted flu vaccine. The recommended timing of vaccination is similar to last season. For most people who need only one dose for the season, September and October are generally good times to get vaccinated. Vaccination in July and August is not recommended for most adults but can be considered for some groups. While ideally it’s recommended to get vaccinated by the end of October, it’s important to know that vaccination after October can still provide protection during the peak of flu season. The age indication for the cell culture-based inactivated flu vaccine, Flucelvax Quadrivalent (ccIIV4), changed from 2 years and older to 6 months and older. Pre-filled Afluria Quadrivalent flu shots for children are not expected to be available this season. However, children can receive this vaccine from a multidose vial at the recommended dose.   Mpox Information Mpox Vaccination Locations San Bernardino County: Monkeypox (mpox) – Department of Public Health Riverside County: Mpox Vaccine Locations – Riverside University Health System Please advise members to call before going in for a vaccination as some locations are only available with appointments. Members may make appointments for the JYNNEOS vaccine at https://myturn.ca.gov/. Mpox Testing As of December 8, 2022, no commercial testing is available for the diagnosis of Mpox. Providers may contact CDC in the diagnosis, management of patients with suspected Mpox, and for any additional information regarding Mpox connect with the CDC Emergency Operations Center. Phone: 1-770-488-7100, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST After Hours Phone: 1-404-639-2888 Treatment Mpox patients usually recover fully within 2-4 weeks without the need for medical treatment. While there are no treatments specifically for Mpox, the virus that causes Mpox is similar to the smallpox virus and therefore antiviral drugs developed to protect against smallpox may be used. The antiviral drug, tecovirimat (TPOXX), has been approved by the FDA to treat smallpox in adults and children. If you prescribe tecovirimat to treat members with Mpox the member must sign a consent form stating tecovirimat is an investigational drug that has not yet been approved by the FDA for treatment of Mpox. More information about tecovirimat visit https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/if-sick/treatment.html.   Preventive Services Information Immunizations  By clicking on these links, you will be leaving the IEHP website. CDC ACIP Vaccine Recommendations and Guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/index.html CDC ACIP Immunization Schedule for Children: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/child-adolescent.html CDC ACIP Immunization Schedule for Adults: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/adult.html USPSTF Task Force's Immunization Recommendations: https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/BrowseRec/Search?s=immunization California Immunization Registry Portal (CAIR): https://cair.cdph.ca.gov/CAPRD/portalInfoManager.do Immunization Timing 2022 (PDF)   Medicare-Medicaid (MMP) Quality Withhold Measures California Specific Quality Withhold Technical Notes for DY 2 to 8 (PDF) Core Quality Withhold Technical Notes for DY 2 to 10 (PDF)   You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.

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 - Meet Jose: Living the sweet life

inning celebrity famous for that “box of chocolates” movie line.   And yes, Hanks even uttered the well-known quote when visiting Jose, who has an intellectual developmental disability: cerebral palsy.   In some ways, Jose’s life mirrors that of the fictional Forrest Gump. “I grew up with (leg) braces and when I got my first pair of braces, that movie ‘Forrest Gump’ came out and his mom in the movie reminded me of my mom,” said Jose, a physical accessibility review survey specialist at Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP). “And I used to be very, very sad … I wasn’t like the other kids. I would fall or trip; sometimes I would even have to use a wheelchair to move.” Like the fictional Forrest, Jose’s story is filled with hope and inspiration. In 2006, Jose completed his bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Services at California State University, Los Angeles. In 2020, he was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the California State Independent Living Council. He also serves on the support team for the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative. And on June 12, 2022, Jose was asked to deliver a commencement speech at Loma Linda University (LLU), where he earned a Community Health Worker certification. He was also the first individual with an intellectual developmental disability to graduate from the San Manuel Gateway College/LLU program.   Admittedly, Jose, 39, experienced nerves about speaking in front of 500 people. Leading up to the big day, he prepared through meditation, taking deep breaths and listening to the same classical music he used to enjoy with his mother, who died on Jan. 20, 2022. Jose remembers thinking about his mother when he was called up to the podium, asking her: “Be in my heart and tell me what to say.” As if his mother may have heard that plea, Jose’s speech turned out wonderfully. “I was excited and thrilled about giving a speech,” he said. “I focused on the importance of reflecting how important it is to improve the quality of life for others working in the field of community health.” ‘I’M JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE’ Today, Jose is a valued member of IEHP’s community health team – where he’s worked since 2017 – interacting with IEHP Members at public events throughout the Inland Empire. But Jose knows firsthand the kinds of challenges the disabled population faces. After all, he’s personally faced a series of health issues related to his cerebral palsy: learning to walk with leg braces at the age of 3, seizures resulting from epilepsy and negative reactions to medications. Not to mention multiple hospital stays and the bullying in school. “People with disabilities like myself … we’re seen as people that really can’t be progressive and basically, our only options are to be institutionalized or being imprisoned or not having equal resources like everyone else,” said Jose, whose determination helped overcome his challenges and his leg braces, which he stopped needing in 1997. As a member of IEHP’s community health team, Jose shares his common experiences with other disabled people. “The beautiful part of him being out in the community is the connection that he is able to have with the Members,” said Carmen Ramirez, manager IEHP Community Behavioral Health and Social Supports. For Jose, a highlight of those connections centered on IEHP’s community efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through IEHP’s partnership with the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative, IEHP formed a COVID-19 response program to help Inland Empire residents meet the basic needs of food and access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at a time when those items were so scarce. “When I was able to make a difference in a family, it impacted me because I’m not a person with a disability – I’m just like everybody else,” said Jose, his voice quivering with emotion. “And I want to help people.” Jose is committed to IEHP’s Mission, Vision and Values, always putting the Member at the center of his universe, according to Carmen. “It always goes back to passion – and with Jose, you see it in his work, you see it in his words, you see it in his connections that he has within the community,” she said. For Jose, it’s all about “doing the right thing,” which he says is built on trust. “We have to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to do what we have to do to improve the quality for that specific Member,” he said. “Trust is always a big thing … you have to demonstrate that you’re keeping your word at all times.” A HEART FOR LEARNING After his mother passed away, Jose set a goal to one day return to school and gain more professional work skills. Then, thanks to IEHP’s sponsorship, along came the chance to enter LLU-San Manuel Gateway College’s Community Health Care Worker certificate program. At first, Jose wasn’t sure he could achieve his goal. “I remember Jose sitting down with me … he’s like: ‘I don’t know if I can do it; I’ve heard that it’s very intensive,’” Carmen recalled. “And I said, ‘You’re not alone, it’s OK, we got you – we have your back, we’re going to help you get through these nine weeks.’” During his commencement speech, Jose shared what that moment was like for him. “When they called me in at IEHP and they said, ‘Hey, there’s an opportunity to go to Loma Linda University,’ that opened my heart,” he said. So, Jose entered the program, putting trust in himself and the IEHP Team Members supporting his journey. He credited Carmen for teaching him time management, so he could succeed at his regular, full-time job duties while adding more tasks as a student. Standing before that captive audience in his cap and gown that summer day, Jose told them what completing this certification meant to him: “I have the opportunity to do what I love to do and that is to serve people, help people, empower them, show them the right way.” When he finished his speech at LLU, there was a huge round of applause and even a standing ovation. As for the people who told Jose he would never have a so-called “normal life,” well, he gets the last line in that script. “Growing up, they told me I wasn’t going to be able to have kids or I wasn’t going to get married – and now, I have three beautiful daughters and my wife,” said the proud husband of Adriana and father to Hilda, 15; Viviana, 13; and Fatima, 11. “Wow – that’s why life is always a box of chocolates … because you never know what you’re going to get.” -View an inspirational video about Jose’s journey.

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.”

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 - ‘Hope is Alive’ Community Partnership Video PSA Earns 22 Health Care Advertising Awards

lan (IEHP), SAC Health (SACHS), Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), Ezra Productions and St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church (St. Paul AME) in San Bernardino has earned a total of 22 health care advertising awards.  Awards range from Merit, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Best of Show across organizations, including Healthcare AdAwards, Aster Awards, the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (Viddy Awards), American Advertising Federation’s Inland Empire Chapter and Telly Awards.  Aimed to provide education and resources to the region’s Black and Hispanic populations – who have the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates and the highest virus and hospitalization rates – the partnership began in 2021 as a way for IEHP to reach and inform these community members.  “COVID hit Black and Brown communities like ours the hardest,” said St. Paul African American Methodist Episcopal Church (St. Paul AME) Pastor Steven D. Shepard Sr. “We often get looked over because we don’t have the assets or the finances that others have in their community.” With limited health care access and historical fears of modern medicine, community organizations knew that to save lives, they’d need to meet their residents where they were and provide them with trusted information, support and encouragement to get a COVID-19 vaccine. United With A Purpose The collaboration included gathering resources across IEHP, LLUH and SACH to organize COVID-19 vaccine clinics, grocery distribution events and community outreach in a familiar place: St. Paul AME Church. This work represented the shared goals for IEHP’s community partnerships with outreach and health services teams – all in support of the organization’s Mission: “We heal and inspire the human spirit.” Ezra Productions – through close collaboration with IEHP’s marketing-communication team for this inspiring story – captured the joint efforts, producing “Hope is Alive.” The public service announcement video served as a platform for the community and members of St. Paul AME Church to share their experiences about COVID-19, including acknowledging fears associated with the vaccine and the need for continued community collaboration. “We grew up not trusting anything the government wanted to give us,” said a St. Paul AME Church member, who sat next to her daughter during the interview. “I was born blind; I’m the product of the Tuskegee Experiment.” “I turned to her and said, ‘You know, it’s [the vaccine clinic] at the church and it’s with IEHP?’ and that’s when she said, ‘Sign me up,’” said the member’s daughter.  “To drive change forward, people need to be met right where they are,” said IEHP Chief Medical Officer Dr. Takashi Wada. “Heartfelt outreach, listening and partnering with trusted organizations in our community are key to making that happen. We’re grateful to continue developing and pouring into award-winning collaborations that enable us to care and support our Members in a way that makes sense to who they are as individuals.” Documenting the power of empathy, outreach and community support, “Hope is Alive” was judged by national panels who scored thousands of entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design and impact.  To learn more about IEHP, visit IEHP.org. Click here to watch the “Hope is Alive” video,  

Latest News - Student Health Reimagined at 2023 SBHIP Event

he Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program (SBHIP) event held Feb. 27 at Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP) headquarters.  IEHP, Molina Healthcare of California, Riverside University Health System Behavioral Health, San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health, the Offices of Education in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, local school districts and charter schools gathered to acknowledge their collaboration and planning efforts over the last year. These efforts are in response to the California Department of Health Care Services' (DHCS) goal to expand prevention and early intervention behavioral health services in and around schools. The initiative provides financial incentives to partnering school districts and charter schools. To move beyond planning and gear up for the implementation phase of the initiative, the group shared experiences and insight and raised awareness about their plans. Event speakers included Dr. Amy Young-Snodgrass, chief of the division of forensic pediatrics at LLU Children’s Hospital, Dr. Edwin Gomez, Riverside County Office of Education superintendent, Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County Office of Education superintendent, Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer, Abbie Totten, plan president of Molina Healthcare of California and others.   “Molina Healthcare of California is committed to improving access to behavioral health care services in our local schools,” said Totten. “We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with organizations that share in this mission as we move forward to implement innovative solutions addressing this critical issue.” The initiative’s implementation phase will include key interventions that focus on behavioral health wellness programs, care teams, expansion of the behavioral health workforce, substance use disorders and culturally appropriate and targeted populations. In addition, IEHP will be supporting SBHIP interventions through their Health Plan Navigators, stationed on local school campuses.  “The relationships, processes and infrastructure we build together will redefine how we care for our children, and have a positive impact for generations to come,” said Amrita Rai, IEHP’s clinical director of community behavioral health. “Having the opportunity to reimagine our systems of care takes intention and it takes work.  I’m so thankful for organizations that share that vision and are willing to make that future a reality.”

Latest News - Poverty Symposium Hosted at IEHP Headquarters

, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) hosted Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County’s (CAPSBC) fourth annual 2022 Poverty Symposium Friday, July 29 at its headquarters.  The event gathered elected officials, policy makers and community leaders to share innovative solutions that tackle poverty-related issues in the county. The symposium also included a keynote address from University of California Riverside’s Professor of Public Policy, David Brady, and panel presentations comprised of experts from the housing industry, youth providers and more.  “We are so grateful for the IEHP team’s hospitality in allowing us to host this year’s Poverty Symposium at their facilities,” said Xiomara Henriquez-Ortega, Administrative Support Manager.   “Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County values our long-term partnership with IEHP, and we appreciate their continued support to help us further our mission of helping people and changing lives. This event was an important component of our advocacy efforts to impact change in our communities, and it is a collective effort we are working on with our key partners.”  IEHP’s 400,000-square-foot Atrium building is no stranger to hosting positive, impactful events. In addition to being a home base for more than 2,800 IEHP employees, the ENERGY STAR® certified facility has served internal team members, industry professionals and the community for celebrations and in great times of need.  Past events at the Atrium have included the health plan’s annual Mission Conference, innovative health information technology showcases, COVID-19 personal protective equipment distributions, super vaccine clinics and more.  “Events like the CAPSBC Poverty Symposium stimulate critical discussions and connections that move our communities forward,” said IEHP Senior Director of Community Health Cesar Armendariz. “We are extremely grateful for our strong partnership with CAPSBC and the great work they do and look forward to hosting future collaborations with our many community partners at our beautiful Atrium site as we work together to heal and inspire the human spirit.” 

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 - Riverside County Fifth District Supervisor Yxstian Gutierrez Joins IEHP Governing Board

tian Gutierrez (pronounced “IX-tian,” like Christian) has joined the health plan's governing board and will serve alongside the dedicated members who represent both Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  On Jan. 10, Supervisor Gutierrez was appointed to the IEHP Governing Board; he was elected to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in November 2022. He is the second Latino ever elected supervisor for Riverside County. Prior to this appointment, Gutierrez served as the first directly elected Moreno Valley Mayor for seven years and was a professor at National University, served on Moreno Valley’s City Council, owned and operated the Berrybean Café, taught in the Moreno Valley Unified School District, and worked as a reading instructor at Moreno Valley College. In addition to his supervisor duties, Gutierrez is a professor at California State University, San Bernardino, and serves as a board member for Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), Riverside Transit Agency, Riverside County Transportation Commission, Riverside County University Medical System, Flood Control, Renu Hope Foundation, the U.S. Selective Service and several other regional boards. He is also a 1st Lieutenant (CA) with the 163rd Support Group stationed at March Air Reserve Base. “On behalf of the IEHP Governing Board, I welcome fellow Riverside County Supervisor Yxstian Gutierrez to the Board and look forward to his input on providing quality healthcare to our Members,” said Karen Spiegel, Riverside County Second District Supervisor and IEHP Governing Board Chair. Representing the 10th largest county in the United States with more than 2.5 million residents, Supervisor Gutierrez is dedicated to improving and protecting the things that make Riverside County so unique.  “I am thrilled to join the IEHP Governing Board of Directors and honored to be a part of an inspiring group of Board Members and more than 3,000 employees - all with a singular vision to heal and inspire the human spirit to make the Inland Empire a healthier place for all,” said Supervisor Gutierrez. “Within this role, I look forward to ensuring IEHP continues to provide access to quality and affordable health coverage to our working families across the region.” Gutierrez joins the health plan's governing board, which is comprised of four elected county supervisors and three appointed members of the public. Current members include: Chair Karen Spiegel, Riverside County Second District Supervisor; Vice-Chair Curt Hagman, San Bernardino County Fourth District Supervisor; Dawn Rowe, Chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and Third District Supervisor; Daniel P. Anderson, President and CEO of Riverside Community Health Foundation; Andrew Williams, Joint County Public Member; and Eileen Zorn, former health care clinician and educator. Since the establishment of IEHP's Governing Board, the body has greatly supported and influenced the development and implementation of CalAIM, the Housing Initiative, Behavioral Health Integration and more. "We are very excited to welcome Supervisor Gutierrez to our Governing Board and look forward to his insight in our ongoing commitment to meet our members where they are to provide Optimal Care and Vibrant Health," said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer.  

Latest News - IEHP Welcomes Lorena Rodriguez Chandler as first Chief Health Equity Officer

h plan as its first chief health equity officer.    In this role, Chandler will serve the Inland Empire by further developing and implementing policies, procedures and programs aimed at improving health equity.   This will include using race/ethnicity, language, gender identity/sexual orientation, and geographic data to identify disparities in access to care and health outcomes. IEHP will then work with community partners to improve the provision of culturally appropriate services and develop new initiatives to address these disparities.  “Lorena has a heart for the communities we serve and is deeply committed to ensuring access to optimal care and vibrant health for everyone in the Inland Empire,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP’s chief medical officer. “We look forward to working with Lorena and learning from the vast experience she brings to IEHP.”  Chandler joins IEHP with a strong background in Medicaid, Medicare, non-profit and government sponsored health programs. Prior to IEHP, she served as Blue Shield of California’s director of Medicare Growth Strategy and associate vice president of Strategic Planning and Performance and was responsible for the development of a Medicare Advantage Plan for Latino Seniors in Los Angeles County. She was also a lead in the integration of Care 1st Health Plan Medi-Cal line of business into Blue Shield of CA, giving her a broad and deep knowledge of health plan operations.   In addition, Chandler brings experience from her work with Molina Healthcare Inc. as an associate vice president of Business Process Improvement and Member Engagement and LA Care Health Plan, where she worked closely with Latino and African American communities to launch and develop their inaugural community resource centers and programs.   She has also worked for the country’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization, Unidos US, as their director for the Center for Latino Community Health, leading and evaluating their community health worker programs, and as a senior project manager for United Healthcare where she developed their Latino Health Solutions Initiative.   Chandler graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration and the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health Sciences.    “Lorena’s experience and passion for health equity will help IEHP excel in its mission and will truly make the Inland Empire a healthier place for all,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer.  

Latest News - Community Gardens Nourish with Food, Fish and Fellowship

at involves fish – are providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for neighbors facing food insecurity. For the last year, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has worked closely with community partners to support these gardens, including an inspiring collaboration with Music Changing Lives (MCL) Chief Executive Officer Josiah Bruny, to bring a new community garden to San Bernardino.  Located on the corner of Electric Avenue and North 40th Street in San Bernardino – once one of the largest dumping sites in the city – the land has been transformed into MCL’s Urban Garden. In addition to addressing food insecurity, the garden aims to provide a safe space where neighbors can come together to learn, exercise, eat, explore, relax and have fun. Home to Soulful Sunday events every fourth Sunday of the month, local residents are invited to visit the garden for gardening workshops and various volunteer opportunities, while enjoying music, food and more. Information on Soulful Sunday events can be found on MCL’s Facebook page.  “The best part about this project is that it’s all led by the community,” said Bruny. “Working together, we can bring more love to the region and those who need it most. We look forward to leveling up in our efforts to make the Inland Empire a better place for us all.” In addition to sponsorship, IEHP supports the garden by providing volunteers through the company’s team member Helping Hearts program and Health Education team. Volunteers work alongside program leaders pulling weeds, planting trees, spreading mulch, building garden beds and irrigating crops.  “Through the right partnerships, compassion and drive to heal and inspire the human spirit, these gardens are thriving and bringing a diversity of wellness opportunities to our neighbors,” said IEHP Senior Community Health Director Cesar Armendariz. “We appreciate the love Music Changing Lives has for the Inland Empire and the people who live here and look forward to continuing to plant and harvest more gardens for a healthier community.” The health plan also provided sponsorship to “Jardín Comunitario de la Salud” – Spanish for “Community Garden of Health” – to help support a large aquaponics garden at the Loma Linda University Health SACHS clinic in San Bernardino.  The first of its kind in the Inland Empire, the garden is home to a large quantity of fish that work symbiotically, nourishing garden beds and working to create food that can be harvested and consumed by the community.  Gardens are located in Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Jurupa, Perris and San Bernardino. For more information on local community gardens, visit: riversidefoods.org.   

Latest News - IEHP welcomes Healthcare Scholarship Fund recipients

(IEHP) member. Now the 25-year-old Riverside resident is preparing to give back to the community he loves by becoming a doctor in the very place he calls home – the Inland Empire. And in a full-circle moment, Botros once again has the heart of IEHP watching over him — this time in the form of a scholarship through the not-for-profit health organization’s Healthcare Scholarship Fund. Known as HSF, the fund addresses two critical needs: providing financial support to physicians-in-training and closing the gap on the shortage of health care providers in the region. “[IEHP] was a big source of support for me to seek health care and everything I needed to start a new life here,” recalled Botros, a second-year med student at Loma Linda University. “I got a lot of support out of IEHP, but I know there’s a lot of people who didn’t have that same support. And later on, I saw some family members and friends falling through the gaps and suffering from it; that’s when my passion toward serving the Inland Empire community through health care was solidified.” IEHP launched its HSF in 2020 in partnership with three local medical schools – Loma Linda University School of Medicine, University of California, Riverside, and California University of Science and Medicine in Colton. Since its inception, HSF has invested millions of dollars in the future of health care through full-ride scholarships intended to help offset costs associated with attending medical school. Along with Botros, this year’s awardees join more than 100 scholarship recipients already in their respective career field studies. To welcome the 2023 Scholars to the HSF family, IEHP hosted a special luncheon for the students and their supporters on Aug. 19 at the company’s headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga. Each scholar received messages of encouragement and tips of the trade from IEHP leaders, including IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “The Inland Empire is actually at the bottom of the list when it comes to the provider-to-population ratios in the state of California,” McNaughton explained. “And so, the goal with this program is to have 50 full-ride medical school scholarships per year at the three medical schools in an attempt to go upstream and make sure you are well taken care of in the process … and you can really focus on [becoming] an incredible provider.” The HSF program is just one way IEHP is working to address the critical need of health care within the areas it serves throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The organization launched a Network Expansion Fund (NEF) Program – with a 73 percent retention rate – which serves as a subsidy to offset costs associated with hiring physicians. All NEF recipients must commit to three years of practicing within the IEHP network and with no restrictions. Since its launch, NEF has supported more than 450 physicians and advanced practitioners. To be considered as an HSF Scholar, med students must meet certain criteria based on their institution’s respective eligibility requirements, and all must agree to practice in the region for five years with a contracted IEHP provider. In the meantime, IEHP will support HSF recipients throughout their academic journey by providing a helping hand whenever the need arises. “You’ll be hearing a lot from us,” McNaughton explained. “This is not a ‘one-time wonder.’ We really want to be engaged and support you through your journey.”  

Latest News - Meet Supriya Sood: Inland Empire Health Plan’s new chief people officer

f the not-for-profit’s mission with the appointment of a new chief people officer: Supriya Sood. In her new role, Sood will lead the organization’s human resources department through the development of best practices and strategies focused on maintaining a skilled, engaged and diverse workforce, explained IEHP’s Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “Supriya brings a wealth of experience to the executive leadership team and believes in the profound impact our team members have on driving our mission to improve the health of our communities,” he said. “She has a passion for serving in mission-based companies with over 15 years in the health care industry.” Sood has served in various human resources leadership roles for Elevance Health (formerly Anthem, Inc.) and Molina Healthcare. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from University of California, Irvine, and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Professional Human Resources Association (PIHRA).  Most recently, Sood served as chief people officer for Orange County-based Alignment Healthcare, where she was responsible for evolving the organization, including the clinical, consumer, technology and market areas in support of growth, scalability and diversification of business. Sood switching gears to IEHP lands at an exciting time for the organization with the announcement of several projects and initiatives in the works, such as joining the Covered California exchange – pending state approval – and the addition of programs dedicated to addressing the lack of health care access in marginalized communities, like IEHP’s Community Health Worker Residency Program. For IEHP, some of Sood’s responsibilities will include supporting people programs, including talent acquisition, compensation administration and benefits. She will also oversee all human resources operations and learning and development opportunities for IEHP team members. Sood looks forward to working for an organization with such strong ties to the people it serves. “IEHP is a shining example of what makes the Inland Empire special, and I’m excited to become part of this hard-working team whose efforts have transformed the lives of so many,” she said.  “My hope is to continue to create avenues for these team members to shine as they strive to make a difference in the community through IEHP’s mission of healing and inspiring the human spirit.”

Provider Resources - Health and Wellness

and achieve health goals. IEHP’s Health & Wellness Programs help Members learn how to manage their health and make healthy lifestyle changes. You can refer your IEHP Members to these programs anytime by logging into the Secure Provider Website and completing the Health Education Program Request Form. Health Resources Kids and Teens Managing Your Illness Pregnancy and Postpartum Senior Health Weight Management Health & Wellness Brochures and Handouts Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) offers many Wellness Programs that focus on the health and well-being of our Members. All of our programs are free, join us at our next session and learn ways to stay healthy.  Get information on important health topics through our health education brochures and handouts: Controlling Asthma (PDF) Diabetes. What's next? (PDF) Eat Healthy, Feel Better (PDF) Fever in Children (PDF) Flu Decision Guide (PDF) Flu Shot (PDF) High Blood Pressure (PDF) Immunizations - English (PDF) Immunizations - Spanish (PDF) Immunizations - Chinese (PDF) Immunizations - Vietnamese (PDF) PAP and HPV Tests: What to Expect (PDF) Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) - Live the Life You Love Format: Online (small group) Duration: One year Ages: 18 years and over This online year-long lifestyle change program helps you make real changes that last.  During the first 6 months, you will meet weekly with a small online group to learn how to make healthy choices into your life. In the second 6 months, you will meet monthly to practice what you have learned. No person is alike, so the program will be tailored to meet your needs and honor your customs and values. You will also be paired with a health coach for one year to help you set your goals, such as how to: Eat healthier Add physical activity into your daily life Reduce stress Improve problem-solving and coping skills Studies have shown that those who finish the program can lose weight and prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Small changes can have big results! Let's start living the best version of you and living the life you love. Find out if you qualify! Click here to visit the Skinny Gene Project online, or Call Skinny Gene Project at (909) 922- 0022, Monday - Friday 8am – 5pm., or Email hello@skinnygeneproject.org For Providers DPP Rx Pad (PDF) Educational Resources 2021 Population Needs Assessment (PNA) Report IEHP’s Population Needs Assessment (PNA) identifies Member health status and behaviors, Member health education priorities, cultural/linguistics needs, health disparities, and gaps in service related to these issues. The findings of the PNA may help Providers better understand and serve our Members. For questions, please contact IEHP Health Education Department at healthed@iehp.org 2021 Population Needs Assessment (PNA) Report Loving Support Program IEHP supports and sponsors the Loving Support Program that is run by Riverside University Health System (RUHS). Loving Support is a program committed to helping mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals. This service offers help and support with the first days at home, return to work, support groups, and timely answers to challenges nursing mothers face. Members can directly contact the Loving Support 24/7 Helpline at 888-451-2499. No referral is necessary. English and Spanish-speaking certified lactation specialists and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions. Messages are recorded after hours and promptly addressed. Member Education Resources The following websites are good sources of easy-to-read patient information that can be downloaded, printed, or ordered. By clicking on these links, you will be leaving the IEHP website.  RESOURCE  DESCRIPTION Medline Plus A service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Easy to read information and audio tutorials on many health topics in English and Spanish. Topics are available in multiple languages. Food and Drug Administration - Office of Women's Health Easy-to-read handouts in English, Spanish and other languages on nutrition, diabetes, depression, and other topics related to women’s health. Learning About Diabetes, Inc. Easy to read “Handouts and Visual Aids” in color on diabetes care and nutrition to help patients eat the right foods to control blood sugar. Weight Control Information Network An extensive list of health education materials about healthy weight and physical activity in English and Spanish. Materials can be printed or ordered. Health Information Translations Easy-to-read educational handouts on many health topics and in multiple languages.   You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.