The Connection Between Environment and Health

Keeping a doctor's appointment is easy, if you have transportation. Eating healthy is no problem, if you have the access and money to buy healthy food. Following a doctor's treatment plan is not complicated, if you understand the instructions and trust the doctor.

Literacy, income level, and access to transportation and healthy food are components of what are known as social determinants of health (SDOH). These factors — combined with housing, discrimination, access to health care, and social support — have a significant effect on health and longevity. Health care research shows that SDOH can have more impact on health and well-being than the actual care received within the health care system.1

As we celebrate America's Independence Day this month, many of us believe there is still work to do to obtain equality in our country, including reducing health inequities. University of California Health (UCH) is leading the charge to develop new practices and approaches to health care that offer all Americans the opportunity to thrive and live healthy lives.

Actions for Equity

UCH and its health plan partners are working to ensure all our employees, patients and their families have access to the highest-quality health care. Below are resources highlighting how UC Health and its partners are supporting all members in our communities:

UC Global Health Institute: A UC-wide initiative that stimulates, nurtures and promotes global health research, education and collaboration to advance health in California and worldwide.

Report: Disrupting the Status Quo: A special report of the UC Health Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force (September 2020).

Health Net Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities: See what Health Net is doing to improve access to quality care and help to reduce disparities, including:

  • Language services. Interpreters trained in health care terminology offer member-preferred language support in more than 250 languages, including sign language.
  • Cultural competency and health disparities training. Training and tools to break down communication barriers across cultures.
  • Health literacy. Culturally and linguistically appropriate materials in easy-to-understand language, including large font, Braille, audio and accessible PDF.
  • Condition-specific health disparities. Member-distinct programs and services. For example, classes for Latino diabetic members, a healthy traditional Latino dishes cookbook and a pocket guide for health care providers that outlines cultural considerations.

Actions You Can Take

Looking for a more flexible way to improve your health and wellness — on your own terms? Then these comprehensive programs may be ideal. They offer a self-directed, online path to achieving and maintaining health goals, personalized to your preferences and interests. Program topics include:

Behavior-Change Programs

  • Reach a Healthy Weight
  • Improve Your Diet
  • Feel Less Stress
  • Be More Active
  • Live Tobacco-Free
  • Managing Type 2 Diabetes
  • Managing High Blood Pressure

To find out more about the health and wellness programs and services, register or log in to healthnet.com/uc > Wellness Center. Or call the phone number on your member ID card.

Wellness Webinars

Tune into monthly health webinars at work or at home. Topics vary and include financial wellness, mindfulness, and cold and flu. Our monthly webinars are offered to all Health Net members and to the general public. Feel free to share this information with your friends and colleagues.

July — Acupressure: From Restlessness to Peace-of-Mind

A new live webinar designed to teach you about the safe use of acupressure. Learn how to explore common self-acupressure points to help relieve headaches, stress, muscle tension, and other ways to use acupressure in mind-body care.

Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Time: Noon – 12:45 p.m. (Pacific time)

Register and join us

Learn more about the Wellness Webinar series and upcoming webinars

Let's Talk About It

If you're having trouble connecting with the medical or emotional support you need, we can help:

Health Benefit Navigators. Get help finding the right provider for your needs by calling (800) 539-4072, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Pacific time). You can also email Askblue&gold@healthnet.com for a response within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. Help is available in English and Spanish.

Healthnet.com/uc. Explore primary care physicians (PCPs) near you, including languages spoken in that office.

Managed Health Network (MHN). Find behavioral health support on the MHN website or by calling (800) 663-9355, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pacific time.

Babylon. 24/7 — with $0 copay — medical and behavioral health support,2 plus access to a suite of digital self-help tools. Babylon is an option when you can't see your regular provider. Download the Babylon Health app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play (Member Registration Code: HNCOM).

myStrength. Interactive tool that helps you build resilience, improve overall well-being, and combat depression, anxiety, stress, substance use, chronic pain and more. Log in to your Health Net account and:

  • Click on the Wellness Center tab to find myStrength.
  • Click Discover myStrength, then Go to myStrength from Health Net.
  • On the Health Net myStrength portal, click Sign Up, then complete the brief wellness assessment and personal profile.

Go mobile! After setting up an online account, download the myStrength app for your iOS or Android device, and register using the same email and password.

1 World Health Organization

2 Behavioral health services are available Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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