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Read on to learn about our Spanish Q&A by Tania, February Health Awareness observances, community resources, and how to access member health education topics! 

This week Tania answers questions that she frequently gets when registering new members who speak Spanish. Culturally, many things in the US are different from how health systems in home countries work. We are hoping to help Spanish speakers learn about health topics and navigate these complexities:

¿Cúal es el Valor de contar con un Médico Familiar?
Prestar atención PERSONAL a tu salud, ayudando así a prevenir enfermedades graves y promover una salud a corto, mediano y largo plazo es algo único y otorgado por un Doctor Familiar, siendo esto posible debido a que nuestro Doctor Familiar tiene el conocimiento de nuestro historial clínico.
Por consecuencia nos vuelve más cercanos Paciente y Doctor otorgandónos la confianza que como pacientes nececitamos hacía nuestro Doctor Familiar, así mismo uno como Paciente le da más cuidado e importancia a nuestra salud, dando paso esto a la detección temprana de enfermedades Más  complejas.
Continuidad, Responsabilidad, Honestidad, etc., son unos de los Muchos BENEFICIOS de contar con un Doctor Familiar ya que la atención se vuelve Más personalizada para cada uno de nosotros como pacientes.
Mantener un vínculo Profesional con nuestro Doctor Familiar se vuelve un elemento fundamental en el éxito de nuestra salud ya que nos sentimos Cuidados, Protegidos, Escuchados, Valorados teniendo como resultado final una “MEJOR CALIDAD DE VIDA”.

What is the Value of your Family Doctor?
Pay personal attention to your health, helping us to prevent serious illness and promote health education in the short, medium and long term it is something  unique  and granted by a Family Doctor, this being possible because our Family Doctor has knowledge of our medical history.
Consequently, it make us closer to Patient and Doctor giving us the confidence that as patients we need towards our Family Doctor, likewise one as a patient gives more care and importance to out health, giving way to the early detection of more complex diseases.
Continuity, responsibility, honesty are many of the BENEFITS of having a Family Doctor since the attention becomes more personalized for each one of us as Patients.
Maintain a professional relationship with our Family Doctor it becomes a fundamental element in the success of our health since we feel cared for, protected, listened to, valued resulting in a “Better Quality of Life”.

Learning about your health doesn't have to be complicated:

Our website has member education materials written in plain language. We want you to have the tools to live your healthiest life. You may feel like you visit the doctor constantly if you are living with a chronic health condition (diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, depression, or anxiety) but the work of maintaining health is mostly done outside of your doctor's office.

Visit our website and check out the member materials located here to learn more. 

For PDFs not available in Spanish a tutorial for translating these documents is available here on this website. We will be working on offering more translations of these documents that don't rely on Google Translate in the future!

Spread the word about Ingham Health Plan, many will be losing Medicaid coverage starting April 1, 2023:

During the pandemic states did not remove Medicaid coverage from anyone, even if their eligibility changed. Starting April 1, 2023 states will begin removing Medicaid benefits from people who are no longer eligible. This will result in between 5 and 14 million adults and children losing coverage. If you know someone in this situation, please encourage them to apply for Ingham Health Plan. Community agencies will be available to support connecting the newly uninsured with medical coverage options.

Ingham Health Plan offers medical, dental, pharmacy, and behavioral health services at low or no cost to eligible uninsured residents of Ingham County. You can apply online anytime. Our in-person enrollment sites are located on our website, where you can find the addresses and contact info. Please spread the word if you know anyone in your social circle who may be faced with losing coverage.  

Health Observances to Guide our Awareness for the Month of February:

American Heart Month: The Office of Minority Health has offered the following great information about this very important health awareness month:

American Heart MonthFebruary is American Heart Month, a time to pay special attention to understanding, preventing, and treating heart disease—the leading cause of death in the United States.  

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), heart disease risk factors include lack of physical activity, family history of early heart disease, high blood pressure, prediabetes/diabetes, and obesity. Black and African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals are at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes.  

There are many ways to take action towards better heart health 
  • Increase physical activity 
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Track your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol   
  • Get quality sleep 
  • Reduce stress 
  • Stop smoking  
  • Maintain a healthy weight 
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness DayNational Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is February 7, a day to address the impact of HIV on Black and African American communities. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. If HIV is not treated, it can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).  Black and African American individuals account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses and people with HIV, compared to other racial and ethnic minority populations.
Today, more tools and strategies than ever are available to prevent HIV, from condoms to medicines such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).  
Testing is the only way to know you have HIV. Use the CDC’s GetTested search tool to find free, fast, and confidential HIV testing near you. Help spark conversations about how HIV/AIDS impacts Black and African American communities on social media by using the hashtags #NBHAAD and #StopHIVTogether.  

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