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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.
Healthy Living - Smoking Cessation
right medicine to help you quit, and stress management. Below are resources that will assist you in quitting smoking. By clicking on the links below you will be leaving the IEHP website. Community Resources Kick it California Ready to take the next steps to quit smoking, chewing, or vaping now? The CA Smokers’ Helpline has all you need to reach your goal! They have many free services such as phone counseling, texting, and referrals to other local programs. They can also give step-by-step help on making a quit plan, tips on dealing with triggers, and support to help you stay quit. Call 1-800-300-8086 and give promo code 84 to get started! Or visit their website at https://kickitca.org/ Arrowhead Regional Medical Center 400 N. Pepper Avenue, Colton Click here to visit their website. 909-580-6167 Kaiser Permanente 2055 Kellogg Avenue, Corona Click here to visit their website. (866) 883-0119 (No cost for Kaiser Members only) Rim Family Services 28545 Highway 18, Skyforest Click here to visit their website. (909) 336-1800 Beaver Medical Group 1150 Brookside Avenue, Redlands Click here to visit their website. (909) 335-4131 Kaiser Permanente 17296 Slover Avenue, Fontana Click here to visit their website. (909) 609-3000 (No cost for Kaiser Members only) Loma Linda University Health - Center for Health Promotion 24785 Stewart Street, Loma Linda Click here to visit their website. (909) 558-4594 Websites By clicking on the links below you will be leaving the IEHP website. American Heart Association A step-by-step guide to smoke-free living, knowing the benefits, making a plan, dealing with urges, and staying quit. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Featuring all you need to set up a quit plan, this site also links you to social media for ongoing support through the quitting process. Plus, you’ll be able to view videos of past smokers, hear their stories and learn through their experiences. Smokefree.gov Support and tools to help you or someone you love to quit. You can also opt for versions geared to veterans, women, seniors, and teens. Mobile Apps iOs Apps Smoke Free QuitNow! Quit Guide Kwit no butts No Vape Android Apps Quit Now Quit Guide Kwit no butts No Vape Interactive Tool Stop Smoking You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. Click here to download a free copy by clicking Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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.”
Healthcare Scholarship Fund - About the Healthcare Scholarship Fund
p Fund is the health plan’s partnership with local academic institutions to help remove the barrier of debt for medical students and develop a growing workforce for healthcare professionals to care for the Inland Empire’s growing Medi-Cal population. Why is the Healthcare Scholarship Fund needed? According to the California Healthcare Foundation, the Inland Empire has one of the lowest ratios of Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) and specialty physicians per 100,000 people in California. In addition, the Inland Empire lacks adequate Specialty and Behavioral Health practitioner capacity to serve the current growing population. With the average cost of a four-year medical degree standing firm at $276,800, pursuing a career in the medical field is out of reach for more and more each year. The HSF will aid students by helping to remove the financial burden of medical school that often restricts the choices of many aspiring healthcare professionals and allow recipients to immediately pursue careers in healthcare. I am a student and am interested in becoming a Doctor, what should I do? Students interested in the IEHP Healthcare Scholarship Fund are encouraged to contact the academic institutions below for more information on how apply. While each institution may have differing eligibility requirements, all Healthcare Scholarship Fund scholarships require students commit to practicing in the Inland Empire for 5 years after graduation. Participating schools and programs include: Loma Linda University Medical School University of California Riverside California University of Science and Medicine
Awards and Recognitions
ence and access to care for the low-income working residents of the Inland Empire. These recognitions honor our steadfast commitment to improving access to quality, wellness-based healthcare services when and where members need it. NCQA Accreditation IEHP was the first Medicaid-only health plan in California to earn accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its Medi-Cal health plan, in 2000. We have retained NCQA accreditation every year since. Innovation Awards from DHCS In November 2021, IEHP received the “Innovation Award - Runner Up 2021” for the Medi-Cal PCP Auto Assignment Redesign, which focused on directing Members to Providers with higher quality scores. In November 2020, IEHP was awarded the prestigious California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) Innovation Award. The award was based on IEHP’s groundbreaking work using location intelligence to reach high-risk members and providers in geographic areas affected by power outages, wildfires, and other natural disasters. This is the fourth time the health plan has received this honor. In 2018, IEHP received the Innovation Award from Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), for its Housing Initiative, which provides permanent supportive housing and intensive case management services to homeless, high utilizing Members. In October 2017 IEHP won a California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Innovation Award for improving the health of low-income members through a program that coordinates their complex physical and behavioral health care needs across the healthcare system in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In 2015 IEHP won the first annual Innovation Award from DHCS for its Transitional Care Program, which strives to reduce emergency room usage and curtails the re-admission rates of members recently discharged from the hospital IEHP Receives the CORE Certification Seal In April 2022, IEHP received the CORE Certification Seal for the Eligibility & Benefits, Claim Status, and Payment & Remittance CAQH CORE Operating Rule Sets. As a CAQH CORE-certified entity, IEHP has demonstrated that they follow a set of national operating rules and standards which improve business processes in healthcare — going above and beyond what is federally required. The CORE Seal is widely recognized as the industry gold standard. IEHP Receives Rancho Cucamonga Fire District’s Business Partner of the Year Award In September 2021, IEHP was awarded Business Partner of the Year by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District at the City’s Fire and Police Recognition. The distinguished award recognizes the health plan’s partnership with the City and County of San Bernardino to host an ongoing super vaccine clinic at the health plan’s headquarters. IEHP Receives Health Equity Award for Engaging Communication In 2020, IEHP received the Health Equity Award for their ability to engage and connect with members via text message during Governor Newsom’s social isolation order. The award was given by mPulse Mobile, a leader in conversational AI solutions for healthcare, during their annual Activate Awards. Click here to learn more. IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan Earns Top Customer Satisfaction Score in the Nation The IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan had the third-highest score in the country in the 2016 MMP CAHPS survey from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which assesses the experiences patients have with their health plans. In 2016 there were 40 Medicare-Medicaid Plans (MMP) in the nation (called Cal MediConnect plans in California). Annual Excellence Award In 2016, IEHP received the Excellence Award from the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) for its Pharmacy Pay for Performance Program, which leverages IEHP network pharmacies to offer clinical education to its members. Top Physician Satisfaction Doctors and other medical providers ranked IEHP at or above the 90th percentile in most areas on a 2016 satisfaction survey administered by an independent survey vendor. They ranked IEHP at the: 99th percentile for “IEHP Compared to All Other Health Plans” 98th percentile for “Overall Satisfaction with Call Center Staff” 98th percentile for “Overall Satisfaction with Financial Services” 97th percentile for “Recommend IEHP to Other Physicians’ Practices” IEHP Receives Workplace of the Year Award from Advisory Board in March 2018 Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has been awarded the Advisory Board 2018 Workplace of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes hospitals and health systems nationwide that have outstanding levels of employee engagement. IEHP is one of only 20 organizations nationwide to receive the award. Favorite Employer IEHP was voted “Favorite Overall Company to Work For,” “Favorite Training Program” and “Favorite Workplace Culture” by Los Angeles News Group Readers in the 2014 Winning Workplaces survey. “Access to Caring” Award IEHP was recognized for making a difference in advancing health care access and availability to people with disabilities by the Western University of Health Sciences, in 2014. Energy Star Award for Superior Energy Performance IEHP’s corporate headquarters (“The Atrium”) in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance in 2017, demonstrating IEHP’s commitment to continued energy savings and environmental responsibility. “Gold Standard” Certification for Electronic Payments and Claims Processing In 2016 IEHP achieved Phase III certification for accurate and efficient electronic provider payments and claims reconciliation from the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) and the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE). The voluntary certification is widely viewed as the industry “gold standard” for provider payments and claims processing.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Innovations and Quality Performance - Our Commitment to Innovation
healthcare needs of our Members for more than two decades. With our Strategic Priorities guiding us, we will continue to seek opportunities for innovation and improvement – putting access to quality healthcare and our Members, Providers and Community above all else. Community Health Assessment The 2022 Inland Empire Community Health Assessment Stakeholder Committee, comprised of over 40 representatives across 25 community organizations, united over the past year to collect and analyze the region’s health and wellness data. The group identified those four at-risk population groups, Senior citizens, communities of color, individuals with low incomes and those living in remote and rural areas, as well as six priority areas of focus: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Human Housing, Meaningful Work and Wealth, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes, Maternal and Infant Health and Mental and Behavioral Health. The committee shared the findings in a first-of-its-kind joint regional Community Health Assessment report. Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) The 2022 Inland Empire Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) identifies the top health and well-being needs of Inland Empire residents. The findings in the CHNA will be used to build community interventions that generate collective investments addressing the identified priorities. There are seven assessments within the CHNA, the first three target the entire Inland Empire region, along with Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The remaining four assessments comprise drilled-down analyses for Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Redlands Community Hospital, San Antonio Regional Hospital and San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital service areas. Click here to view the assessment. Provider Recruitment IEHP’s innovative Network Expansion Fund (NEF) was the first program of its kind in the state. Established in 2014, the NEF allocates $30 million in specially designated funds to attract board-certified PCPs, Specialists and mid-level Providers to the Inland Empire, addressing the region’s chronic Provider shortage and improving access to care for more than 1.2 million IEHP Members. To date, more than 280 Providers have been recruited as a direct result of this program. Behavioral Health Integration Complex Care Initiative The Behavioral Health Integration Complex Care Initiative (BHICCI) is a collaboration between IEHP and more than 30 clinics in the Inland Empire that provides a footprint for the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Health Homes Program, going live January 1, 2019. The goal is to improve Members’ health outcomes by staffing a complex care team to provide comprehensive care management and by coordinating complex physical and behavioral health needs across multiple Providers and health care systems in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. BHICCI care teams are currently transitioning into community-based care management entities (CB-CMEs) that provide Health Homes services in preparation for Health Homes go-live. Health Homes Program The Health Homes program (HHP) is an integrated care management program for patients with complex needs that builds on IEHP’s Behavioral Health Integration Complex Care Initiative (BHICCI), as legislated by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). The HHP coordinates the physical, behavioral, and community-based Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) needs of Members with severe chronic physical and/or mental health conditions. The primary goal of HHP is to improve the overall health outcomes of members through the delivery of care coordination and complex care management. Since the launch of the program in January 2019, more than 9,000 Members have seen overwhelmingly positive clinical health outcomes related to blood pressure, diabetes and depression. Click here to learn more about the Health Homes Program. EHR and Health Information Exchange IEHP has partnered with the San Bernardino County Medical Society and the Riverside County Medical Association to form the Inland Empire EHR Resource Center, to assist Providers and clinics in selecting and implementing electronic health record systems. Additionally, IEHP was part of the Inland Empire Health Information Exchange, which merged with the CalIndex Health Information Exchange to form Manifest Medex (MX). MX is a statewide health information exchange that has significant penetration and use in the Inland Empire, with all Inland Empire acute care hospitals and many medical groups and Physicians contributing patient clinical and administrative data. MX brings needed technology to access and securely share electronic patient health records for most of the 4.4 million people living in the Inland Empire. It allows Doctors, clinics, hospitals and other health care Providers to electronically review and access medical records, resulting in timely and improved quality of health care for patients in our community. DocOnline This innovative program provides another option for Members to receive medical advice after hours from a Physician. IEHP Members can speak to a board-certified Physician by phone or via video chat, quickly and easily. The Physician can access the IEHP formulary and the IEHP Pharmacy Network to e-prescribe medications for IEHP Members if needed. When fully implemented, this service will enhance Member access and convenience while reducing unnecessary emergency room and urgent care visits. Telehealth IEHP is supporting the expansion of telehealth services throughout the Inland Empire, to improve access to critically needed specialty care and to aid in rapid diagnosis and treatment. Telehealth eliminates one of the Inland Empire’s longstanding barriers to care – geographic distance to health care resources. With telehealth’s information and communication technologies, the treatment and prevention of disease or injury can occur long-distance, erasing geography as a critical factor impeding care. Telehealth can also be used to support Provider training and Member education. IEHP is currently supporting telehealth for certain services: behavioral health, retinal examinations, dermatology, and orthopedic consultations. Plans are underway to expand to additional services in alignment with Member needs. eConsult eConsult, a collaboration among IEHP, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and Riverside University Health Care System, allows PCPs to connect directly with specialists electronically when a patient may need a specialist referral. Through a private, secure system, PCPs can receive timely clinical advice from specialists that may allow them to manage a majority of patients in the primary care setting (some patients may need a face-to-face visit with a specialist). IEHP is sponsoring the initiative for the first 24 months and will design, implement and evaluate eConsult at more than 70 clinic sites throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Secure Online Member Portal and App IEHP Members can take an active role in managing their own health 24/7 via a secure online account that can be accessed through the IEHP website or mobile app. Members can view and print their IEHP Member Cards; view lab tests, Immunization Cards and authorizations; find or change Doctors; search the Provider Directory; enroll in health education classes; check eligibility; and more. The separate Baby-N-Me prenatal care app helps improve maternity health outcomes by making it easy for expectant moms to track pregnancy milestones, identify health issues, and stay healthy with reminders and helpful tools. Texting and Alerts IEHP uses two-way texting and Short Message Service (SMS) alerts to educate Members about their plan benefits and how to navigate the health care system. These alerts are targeted approaches that communicate seasonal health information about topics such as immunizations, preventive care, medication adherence, and new health plan features. Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) IEHP’s Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) program enables seniors and persons with disabilities to live independently in their homes as long as safely possible, and provides care in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) when they cannot. LTSS includes the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) and Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS), as well as SNF services when required. IEHP also helps coordinate any In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) benefits. Since May 2018, IEHP has helped transition 750 Members out of long-term care facilities and back into the community. A 24-hour in-home emergency caregiver program and a case management program, developed in partnership with the Riverside County Department of Social Services, received the 2017 and 2018 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties. IEHP has also partnered with the University of California, Los Angeles on a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program to provide patients, families and caregivers with the knowledge and skills they need to improve health outcomes and increase the quality of care for older adults.
COVID-19 - Testing Locations
provider, and receive treatment for COVID-19 – all in one place at a Test to Treat site. If you have a medical condition which makes you more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive treatments. Adults and Children over the age of 12 can receive treatments, but treatment must be started as soon as possible and within 5 days of symptom onset. Click here for more information on the COVID-19 Test to Treat Program. Walgreens Test to Treat Program Select Walgreens pharmacies are now dispensing oral antivirals for the treatment of COVID-19. Eligible members must have a valid prescription from their healthcare provider. Walgreens offers a variety of delivery options, like same day or free 2-day delivery. Most prescriptions are eligible for Same Day Delivery. Click here for more information. FREE at-home COVID-19 tests Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order one free COVID-19 test kit, which includes four at-home tests. The tests are completely free. Click here to order your free at-home tests from USPS. Effective 2/1/22, Medi-Cal Members can receive at-home COVID-19 tests from a Medi-Cal enrolled pharmacy. California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will cover up to 8 test kits per month per member. For information on which test kits are covered or if you need assistance with a prescription, please ask your Doctor or your Pharmacist. Medi-Cal Members will be reimbursed for at-home test kits purchased between March 11, 2021, and January 31, 2022, by DHCS the cost (with a receipt) using the process outlined here. San Bernardino County-facilitated testing sites will offer free at-home COVID-19 tests kits to people who live, work, or attend school in San Bernardino County (proof of residency or employment required). Click here to find a list of county-facilitated testing sites. Testing If you believe you are at risk for COVID-19, you can get COVID-19 screening and testing at the sites below. IEHP covers provider-ordered tests, regardless of whether it’s PCR, rapid, at-home, etc. If your doctor orders the test for you, IEHP will cover the cost of the test. Your provider is required to bill IEHP directly for these tests. IEHP does NOT reimburse Members who choose to pay for COVID tests that are not ordered by a provider. Riverside County COVID-19 Testing Sites Banning Banning Family Care Center 3055 W. Ramsey, Banning Schedule an Appointment Beaumont Beaumont Women's Club 306 E 6th St., Beaumont, 92223 Call (888) 634-1123 Schedule an Appointment Borrego Health Multiple Locations Available Click here for information on COVID-19 sites in your area. Cathedral City Plaza Rio Vista Kiosk 67908 Vista Chino, Cathedral City Schedule an Appointment Coachella Our Lady of Soledad 52525 Oasis Palm Ave., Coachella Schedule an Appointment Coachella TODEC Legal Center COVID Testing 1560 6th St., Coachella Schedule an Appointment Corona Corona Community Health Center 2813 S. Main St., Corona Schedule an Appointment Corona Unicare Community Health Center 107 N. MicKinley St., Corona Call (909) 457-3603 CVS MinuteClinic Multiple Locations Available* Schedule an Appointment Hours vary by location Desert Hot Springs Henry V. Lozano Community Center 12800 West Arroyo, Desert Hot Springs Schedule an Appointment Indio Indio Fleet Services 82775 Plaza Ave., Indio Schedule an Appointment Indio Old Amistad High School 44801 Golf Center Pkwy, Indio Schedule an Appointment Jurupa Avalon Park Community Center 2500 Avalon St., Jurupa Schedule an Appointment La Quinta La Quinta Wellness Center 78450 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta Schedule an Appointment Lake Elsinore The Outlets at Lake Elsinore Testing 17600 Collier Ave., Suite J-195 Parking Lot, Lake Elsinore Schedule an Appointment Moreno Valley Moreno Valley Family Care Center 23520 Cactus Ave., Moreno Valley Schedule an Appointment Moreno Valley Cottonwood Golf Center 13671 Frederick St., Moreno Valley Schedule an Appointment Moreno Valley Moreno Valley Kiosk 14075 Frederick St., Moreno Valley M-F 10am - 6:30pm Schedule an Appointment Moreno Valley Riverside University Health System Medical Center 26520 Cactus Ave., Moreno Valley M-F 10am - 6:30pm Schedule an Appointment Murrieta California Oaks Center Trailer 40565 California Oaks Rd., Murrieta Schedule an Appointment Palm Desert UCR Palm Desert Campus 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert Schedule an Appointment Palm Springs Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs Schedule an Appointment Perris Perris' City Council Chamber 101 N D St., Perris Schedule an Appointment Perris Perris Community Health Center 308 E. San Jacinto Ave., Perris Schedule an Appointment Perris Rapid Care Enterprises 126 Avocado Ave. Ste 102, Perris Call (951) 490-4910 Mon-Fri | 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sat-Sun | 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Costs may be associated with this site Rite Aid Pharmacy Multiple Locations Available* Schedule an Appointment Mon-Fri | 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sat-Sun | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Riverside Jurupa Valley Family Care Center 8876 Mission Blvd., Riverside Schedule an Appointment Riverside Riverside City Hall Kiosk (test only) 3900 Main St., Riverside Schedule an Appointment Riverside Riverside Neighborhood Health Clinic 7140 Indiana Ave., Riverside Schedule an Appointment Riverside La Sierra Park Drive Through (test only) 5272 Mitchell Ave., Riverside Schedule an Appointment Temecula Vail Ranch Center Kiosk 31699 Temecula Pkwy., Temecula Schedule an Appointment For more information on COVID-19 testing sites in Riverside County, please visit the Riverside County Public Health website. San Bernardino County COVID-19 Testing Sites Adelanto Adelanto Health Center 11336 Bartlett Ave., Ste. 11, Adelanto Call (800) 722-4777 Apple Valley James A. Woody Community Center 13467 Navajo Rd., Apple Valley Schedule an Appointment Barstow Barstow Adult School 720 E. Main St., Barstow Schedule an Appointment Big Bear Big Bear Health Center 477 Summit Blvd., Big Bear Lake Schedule an Appointment Barstow Barstow Health Center 303 E. Mountain View St., Barstow Call (800) 722-4777 Bloomington Kessler Park COVID-19 Testing Bus 18401 Jurupa Ave., Bloomington Schedule an Appointment Borrego Health Multiple Locations Available Click here for information on COVID-19 sites in your area. Chino CVUSD Chino Valley Adult School 12970 3rd St., Chino Schedule an Appointment Chino Lani City Medical 4036 Grand Ave., Suite A, Chino (909) 465-5000 Schedule an Appointment Colton Arrowhead Regional Medical Center 400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton Call (855) 422-8029 Colton Colton Urgent Care Center 1181 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., Colton Colton Urgent Care Center Online Check-In Colton Gonzales Community Center 670 Colton Ave., Colton Schedule an Appointment Colton Unicare Community Health Center 308 N. La Cadena Dr., Colton Call (909) 457-3603 CVS Multiple Locations Available Schedule an Appointment Fontana Jessie Turner Health & Fitness Community Center 15556 Summit Ave., Fontana Schedule an Appointment Fontana West Point Medical Center 7774 Cherry Ave., Fontana Call (909) 355-1296, option 1 Hesperia Hesperia Health Center 16453 Bear Valley Rd., Hesperia Call (800) 722-4777 Joshua Tree Community Center 6171 Sunburst St., Joshua Tree Schedule an Appointment Loma Linda Loma Linda Senior Center 25571 Barton Rd., Loma Linda Schedule an Appointment Montclair Montclair Kid's Station - COVID Testing Bus 4985 Richton St., Montclair Schedule an Appointment Montclair Montclair Place - Moreno St. Market Food Court 5060 N. Montclair Plaza Ln., 2nd Floor, Ste. 2138 Schedule an Appointment Ontario Drive-Through COVID Clinic 2500 E. Airport Dr., Ontario Schedule an Appointment Ontario Drive-Through COVID Clinic 1 Mills Circle, Ontario Schedule an Appointment Ontario Ontario Health Center 150 E. Holt Blvd., Ontario Call (800) 722-4777 Ontario Parktree Community Health Center 2680 E. Riverside Dr., Ontario Call (909) 630-7927 Ontario Unicare Community Health Center 437 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario Call (909) 988-2555 Rancho Cucamonga Lani City Medical 1398 Kenyon Way, Suite J, Rancho Cucamonga (909) 727-3911 Schedule an Appointment Rancho Cucamonga RC Family Resource Center 9791 Arrow Rte., Rancho Cucamonga Schedule an Appointment Rancho Cucamonga Terra Vista Town Center - Theater Parking Lot COVID Testing Bus 10701 Town Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga Schedule an Appointment Rancho Cucamonga West Point Medical Center 8520 Archibald Ave., St B., Rancho Cucamonga Call (909) 481-3909, option 1 Redlands Redlands Urgent Care Center 301 W. Redlands Blvd., Redlands Redlands Urgent Care Center Online Check-In Rialto Carl Johnson Center 214 N. Palm Ave., Rialto Schedule an Appointment Rite-Aid Pharmacy Multiple Locations Available Schedule an Appointment San Bernardino Court Street Square 349 N East St., San Bernardino Event Dates: March 3, 17 and 31 Schedule an Appointment San Bernardino Department of Public Health COVID-19 Testing Bus 172 W. 3rd St., San Bernardino Schedule an Appointment San Bernardino Drive-Through COVID Clinic 500 Inland Center Dr, San Bernardino Schedule an Appointment San Bernardino Premier Urgent Care Centers of California 284 E. Highland Ave., San Bernardino Daily | 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. San Bernardino SAC Health System 250 S. G St., San Bernardino Call (909) 771-2911 T/W/F | 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. San Bernardino San Bernardino Health Center 606 E. Mill St., San Bernardino Call (800) 722-4777 San Bernardino West Point Medical Center 1800 Medical Center Dr., St. 99, San Bernardino Call (909) 880-6400, option 1 Twentynine Palms Twentynine Palms - Patriotic Hall 5885 Luckie Ave., Twentynine Palms Schedule an Appointment Upland Advanced Medical & Urgent Care Center 974 W. Foothill., Upland Call (909) 981-2273 Mon-Fri | 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Upland Landecena Community Building 1325 San Bernardino Rd., Upland Schedule an Appointment Victorville Drive-Through COVID Clinic 14400 Bear Valley Dr., Victorville Schedule an Appointment Victorville Green Tree Golf Course Banquet Room 14144 Green Tree Blvd., Victorville Schedule an Appointment Victorville Victor Valley College 65 Mojave Fish Hatchery Rd., Victorville Portables located behind Construction Technology Building 65 Schedule an Appointment Walgreens Multiple Locations Available Schedule an Appointment Yucaipa 7th Street Pool 12385 7th St., Yucaipa Schedule an Appointment Yucca Valley Yucca Valley Community Center COVID-19 Testing Bus 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley Schedule an Appointment Yucaipa Yucaipa Urgent Care Center 33494 Oak Glen Rd., Yucaipa Yucaipa Urgent Care Center Online Check-In For more information on COVID-19 testing sites in San Bernardino County, please visit the San Bernardino County COVID Testing Sites.
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.
ndation is focused on connecting the diverse communities of the Inland Empire with access to a better, more joyful life through programs and initiatives aimed at resolving the root causes of illness, health equity and core needs, including food, shelter and safety. The Foundation was established in July 2022 by Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) to ensure all communities throughout the region have access to Vibrant Health, which entails going beyond traditional healthcare services and reaching the region’s most vulnerable populations. Efforts include supporting pilot programs, identifying innovative solutions that improve health outcomes, acting as a convener, collaborator and partner with community and faith-based organizations and much more. Foundation Leadership Angelica Baltazar, MSW, serves as the IEHP Foundation President and has more than 20 years of experience in the public health and human services sectors. She holds a bachelor’s in social work from Cal Poly Pomona and a master’s in policy planning and administration from Loma Linda University. Baltazar is a board member of the Greater Ontario Business Council, Promise Scholars and Partners for Better Health. IEHP Foundation Board of Directors The Foundation is guided by an esteemed, experienced and passionate group of individuals who comprise the Board of Directors: Chair Stephen Bennett, Caravanserai Project Board Chair and Co-Founder Vice Chair Karen Scott, First 5 San Bernardino Executive Director Secretary Regina Weatherspoon-Bell, Founder DVL Project/A Better Way/Victor Valley Domestic, Inc. Treasurer Conrado Bárzaga, MD, Desert Healthcare District & Foundation Chief Executive Officer Josh Candelaria, Viewpoint Advocacy Principal Edward Juhn, MD, MBA, MPH, IEHP Chief Quality Officer Geoffrey Leung, MD, County of Riverside Public Health Officer Jarrod McNaughton, MBA, FACHE, IEHP Chief Executive Officer Combined with their sincere and heartfelt desire to make a difference for all the communities in the region, the board is committed to long-term sustainable change for overall community health improvement. Follow Along on Our Journey Join us as we meet with local communities and organizations to listen to their needs and gain an in-depth understanding of the Inland Empire non-profit landscape. Follow us on Instagram @IEHPFoundation and connect with us on LinkedIn We aspire to significantly transform this region but to make a definitive and long-lasting impact, we are committed to in-depth and ongoing collaborative discussions about the needs and desires of the communities we hope to serve. If you would like to connect, please email us at Foundation@iehp.org Press Releases IEHP Announces Angelica Baltazar as New Foundation President IEHP Foundation Launches to Serve Most Vulnerable Communities IEHP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Latest News - IEHP Leaders Honored with LLU Alumnus of the Year Awards
ommunity Behavioral Health Amrita Rai were each named Alumnus of the Year by their respective departments at Loma Linda University (LLU) for their promotion of the vision and purposes of their alma mater along with their contributions to the community. Pham earned his master’s degree with an emphasis in healthcare administration from LLU’s School of Public Health. At IEHP, Pham develops and executes IEHP’s strategy system to advance the health plan’s mission and achieve its bold 2030 vision: we will not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. In this work, Pham constantly seeks new ways for IEHP to better serve the community and its most vulnerable residents. “We were pleased to honor Mr. Thomas Pham with the SPH Alumnus of the Year Award at our 2022 commencement ceremony. His notable contributions as part of IEHP to the health and well-being of the Inland Empire communities reflect our vision for healthy people living in resilient communities supported by equitable systems of health,” said Dr. Helen Hopp Marshak, LLU Dean, School of Public Health. Honored by LLU’s School of Behavioral Health, Rai graduated with a master’s degree in social work. In her current role at IEHP, Rai actively leads both community and statewide initiatives in improving access to mental health services, including the Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program. “Amrita Rai received the 2022 Alumni of the Year award at the graduation services of the Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health for her unwavering commitment to servant leadership and the delivery of equitable behavioral health services for the most vulnerable populations throughout the Inland Empire,” said Dr. Beverly Buckles, LLU Dean, School of Behavioral Health. Rai also shares her expertise and passion at various speaking engagements throughout the year, inspiring awareness and continued improvement of the development and delivery of behavioral health services. “The transformational work Thomas and Amrita have done in their respective areas is a true testament to their love for the Inland Empire community. Active contributions and engagement from team members like Thomas and Amrita make IEHP’s commitment to heal and inspire the human spirit possible, and we are grateful for their service,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer.
Latest News - IEHP’s Women in Leadership Engage with Local Students
articipated in Chaffey College’s Center for Culture and Social Justice Panel titled, “Celebrating Women in Healthcare Leadership,” which educated students of the current roles and contributions made to healthcare by women in the Inland Empire. The panel, conducted over Zoom, included several IEHP leaders, including Susie White, Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Priya Batra, Senior Medical Director for Family and Community Health; Shelly LaMaster, Director of Integrated Care; and Anna Wang, General Counsel. “The event was wonderful and hearing from IEHP’s women leaders was impactful for all who attended,” said Dr. Leticia Romo, Chaffey College’s Director of Student Equity and Engagement. “We had the opportunity to hear real and authentic stories, wisdom, and encouragement. Our students learned about mentorship, management responsibilities, leadership development, and overcoming imposter syndrome. We definitely look forward to connecting with the IEHP leaders in the future.” The panel also provided students with stories about their own educational journey and career background and offered advice for future healthcare leaders. “Our work as a community-based health plan goes well beyond traditional health services,” said White. “It also includes making sure the next generation of leaders are equipped with the necessary support, tools and information to make even greater contributions to the healthcare space in the future.” In 2020, the health plan launched a Healthcare Scholarship Fund, partnering with Loma Linda University Medical School, University of California Riverside, and California University of Science and Medicine, to help remove the barrier of debt for local medical students and develop a growing workforce for healthcare professionals to care for the Inland Empire’s growing Medi-Cal population. In addition, amid the pandemic, IEHP provided internships to local public health students at Claremont Graduate University and Western University of Health Sciences to assist in developing program curricula at the plan’s Community Resource Centers. “Sharing knowledge and guidance with Inland Empire learners just entering the health care workforce is another way we can positively impact health and wellness,” said Dr. Priya Batra, IEHP’s Senior Medical Director for Family and Community Health. “Supporting the advancement of diverse health care professionals will help us achieve vibrant health in our region.”
Latest News - IEHP 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 - Dr. Takashi Wada Named IEHP Chief Medical Officer
a will oversee IEHP’s Health Services department and collaboratively lead the implementation of initiatives such as CalAIM, Home and Community-Based Services, the organization’s Strategic Plan, and more. In addition, Dr. Wada will provide clinical and strategic leadership through accountable processes to improve the quality-of-care delivery with improved external quality metrics. “With innovative healthcare initiatives rolling out at state and federal levels, I’m eager to lead and support our team’s work, so that we may contribute in new and meaningful ways that will positively impact the wellness of our own members and communities,” he said. Dr. Wada joined IEHP in 2019 as Vice President of Population Health. In this capacity, he oversaw the internal departments of Behavioral Health & Care Management, Community & Family Health, Health Education, and Practice Transformation. He also played a key role in various statewide and regional population health initiatives. Prior to his role at IEHP, Dr. Wada served as Chief Medical Officer/ Deputy Chief Medical Officer for CenCal Health and Director/Health Officer for Santa Barbara County’s Health Department. Dr. Wada received an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from University of California, Riverside, and a master’s degree in public health from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He completed his medical degree from UCLA and his graduate medical education at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. “Dr. Wada truly has a passion for this work,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “I couldn’t be more thrilled that he is joining our Executive Team. We are absolutely looking forward to working with Dr. Wada in his new role and continuing our mission to heal and inspire the human spirit.”
Latest News - IEHP Partners with Community Organizations to Vaccinate 38,000+ I.E. Residents
es through an IEHP sponsored or supported clinic. Clinics are made possible through partnerships with community-based organizations like Loma Linda University Health, SAC Health System, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Inland Regional Center, and San Bernardino County and are expected to continue to combat the surging rates of COVID-19 cases. Approximately 36,900 vaccines have been administered through San Bernardino County’s super vaccination site, held at the health plan’s corporate headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga. In addition, more than 1,500 vaccines have been distributed at community events, like Que Buena’s 2021 Fiestas Patrias community event, and church or organization-hosted clinics over the past six months. “We do everything we can to meet residents where they are,” said Marci Coffey, IEHP’s Director of Community Partnerships. “For some, it comes down to convenience and accessibility. For others, it’s all about education and awareness. We’re thrilled to offer these services and resources to residents in the I.E. and are actively working to develop additional opportunities for our teams to connect with and support the community!” With funding from the state’s Medi-Cal COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program, IEHP plans on expanding partnerships to ensure continued vaccine clinics. The health plan is also developing provider incentive programs to encourage physician intervention among patients, increasing vaccination rates. “The facts are crystal clear. Everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “While we are proud of the number of vaccines we’ve helped to administer, we still have plenty of work ahead to ensure our communities can enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. We understand receiving a vaccine is a personal choice, however the community impacts are astounding. Just as this pandemic began through community spread, it must end through community collaboration and response.” For COVID-19 vaccine sites near you, visit myturn.ca.gov.
Latest News - UC Riverside Athletics and IEHP Partner for Community Wellness
forces this season to bring health and wellness resources, including COVID-19 education and vaccine information, to the campus community and broader audiences. Utilizing a multi-channel approach, the organizations will serve as an access point to timely and accurate health information for students, staff and the community during the ongoing pandemic. “We are excited to welcome IEHP as a partner to help us continue our mission of preparing our student-athletes for opportunities in life through sport,” said Wesley Mallette, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “In partnership with IEHP, we hope to educate and inform all Highlanders about the amazing resources IEHP provides and their positive impact on lives.” As a corporate sponsor, IEHP will be cheering for UCR’s basketball, baseball and softball home games, and will be sponsoring a basketball game on February 17, celebrating Black History Month. At this event, Michael Deering, IEHP’s Vice President of Innovation, Acceleration and Diversity, will be announcing the UCR Highlanders’ starting lineup. Also featured in the partnership is the health plan’s collaborative work with UCR’s Center for Healthy Communities and School of Medicine and will be aired on videoboard screens before games—appearing on ESPN+ when Highlander games are televised. “UCR’s commitment to public health is incredibly evident in all they do,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’re grateful to partner with them on multiple levels and look forward to sharing resources and accurate COVID-19 information so we can put our best foot forward in living healthy lives and defeating this virus, together.” For upcoming UCR game schedules and events, visit gohighlanders.com.
Latest News - New Program Reduces Healthcare Barriers in the Inland Empire
and support community health workers (CHWs) in the Inland Empire (I.E.). The pilot program is aimed at reducing barriers to health care services in marginalized and underserved areas and encouraging diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). In the initial stage of the program’s two-tiered approach, the health plan will professionally train a new community health workforce in an intensive nine-week program. Program curriculum encompasses CHW training provided by Loma Linda San Manuel Gateway College’s Certificated Community Health Worker Training Program and various IEHP Health Navigator courses. Continuous training opportunities will also be offered to ensure CHWs remain equipped with needed resources. The workforce will be staffed in partnership with community agencies and their employees who may be interested in a career advancement opportunity. These agencies include Young Visionaries (High Desert), Michelle’s Place (Temecula Valley), Asian American Resource Center (San Bernardino), LGBTQ Center (Palm Springs), and the Sahaba Initiative (San Bernardino). Internally, IEHP’s Community Health Managers Delia Orosco, Maria Gallegos and Carmen Ramirez are actively collaborating to support the needs of the program. “To truly encourage DEI in the I.E., each organization is focused on understanding and meeting the needs of a specific population. By working together to share knowledge and resources, we can better meet those needs and enhance wellness throughout the region,” said Orosco. DEI continues to be the focus of program’s second tier. This includes IEHP’s work to lead external CHW assignments that empower residents by teaching them how to utilize health care benefits, helping them navigate benefit services, and increasing their ability to advocate for themselves in their community. “Our hope is that we can collectively improve regional health outcomes by supporting communities that have been historically underserved and marginalized with resources and culturally relevant supports,” said Dr. Gabriel Uribe, IEHP’s Director of Community Health. “Health literacy is essential to DEI work, and no one should suffer because they are not aware of available services. This community health workforce will fill in those gaps and serve as a step forward in our effort to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the Inland Empire.” The pilot program will run until September 2022, with the goal of expansion soon thereafter.
Latest News - From Medi-Cal to Med School: An IEHP Member’s Quest to Serve the Inland Empire
hild would be paying her medical school bills today. And yet, that’s exactly what Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has done for the past two years—and counting. IEHP awarded Hough with their innovative Healthcare Scholarship Fund award in 2020, bringing Hough’s journey from Medi-Cal member to medical school student to fruition. A Victorville native and now third-year medical student at California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM), Hough was one of 50 students to receive the inaugural award from IEHP. The health plan has sustained the program with annual scholarship awards ranging from full to partial tuition at three medical schools: CUSM, Loma Linda University and University of California, Riverside. “This scholarship means the world to me,” said Hough. “Growing up in a family who struggled financially, the dream of being able to go to medical school seemed so farfetched for so long.” IEHP created the scholarship fund to help address the provider shortage in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. “By supporting local medical students, we are able to secure their service to the Inland Empire after graduation and create a pipeline of health care professionals who are committed to serving our communities with compassion and empathy,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. Hough discovered her passion for medicine while taking human science classes at California State University Fullerton and spending countless hours volunteering at Children’s Health Orange County. Encouraged by these experiences and several physician mentors, she decided to pursue a career as a doctor. Hough intentionally applied to only local schools so she could remain connected to her Inland Empire roots. “Most people apply very broadly—to as many schools as they want,” Hough said. “But I felt it was really important to be in this area, so I only applied to three medical schools. It was very risky, but it worked out.” Hough remembers not having much guidance or role models related to her dream of medicine growing up, so becoming a doctor didn’t seem possible. “When I got that acceptance letter,” she said, “it was really a moment of shock.” Through the medical school admissions process, Hough learned about IEHP’s Healthcare Scholarship Fund and its goal to support local students who wished to remain in the Inland Empire. Hough remembered IEHP was the health plan she had as a child and appreciated how they promoted a mission she resonated with. She applied and earned a four-year award. “After receiving the scholarship, a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders,” said Hough. “Thank you so much IEHP, from the bottom of my heart. I don’t think words could ever explain how grateful I am.” The cost for medical school in California has been on an upward trend since 2013, increasing about $1,500 annually and currently averaging a total of $218,792. This puts the dream of being a physician even further out of reach for many IE students, and deeply impacts the ongoing provider shortage in the region. “Bridging the gap between aspiring IE medical professionals and local medical schools to serve the region’s most vulnerable populations is what this scholarship program was designed to do,” said McNaughton. “We are absolutely elated to support Jordan and our HSF award recipients on their path to becoming physicians and are especially eager to connect their desire and ability to provide optimal care and vibrant health to the communities they love so very much.” The health plan will be hosting networking and supportive events for medical students throughout their medical school journey, including a dinner at IEHP headquarters on May 3. To learn more about IEHP’s Healthcare Scholarship Fund, visit iehp.org.
Latest News - Top Health Care Leaders Gather at IEHP’s Inaugural Future of Health Summit
th care visionaries and thought leaders at the health plan’s headquarters on Oct. 13, to share supportive acceleration strategies for a more integrated and sustainable health system. The one-day event featured keynote conversations from industry leaders on trends and changes that are impacting the health care environment in the state and region. Featured speakers included: Author and Health Care Futurist Ian Morrison; California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly; University California Los Angeles Hospital and Clinic System Chief of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Medell Briggs-Malonson; IEHP Chief Quality Officer Dr. Edward Juhn; President and Founder of MEDIS, LLC Dr. Michael Barr; and President of HC2 Strategies and Co-Chair of Stakeholder Health Dora Barilla. “The idea that this isn’t the summit of health care is really key. It’s the future of health. Health is more than health care,” shared Dr. Ghaly in his talk about California Health & Human Services’ vision and efforts. “There is an opportunity to constantly push ourselves and push our partners to think differently about how public and private partnerships can advance this concept of deep community health. It starts with conversations like this and bringing people together.” IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton said he hoped the day’s discussions will lead to real reflection and specific action plans. “We’re very serious about moving this community, in partnership with our providers, forward and moving the quality needle,” McNaughton added. “This kind of work can’t happen alone, and we are grateful for the tremendous showing of support and collaboration to ensure vibrant health in our communities for generations to come.”