Grow Together with AltaMed

February 06, 2018

Play healthy, eat healthy, stay healthy and better the community with the AltaMed Grow Together Match Program! The program supports our mission of eliminating disparities and improving healthy lifestyles in underserved communities. Up to $20,000 in match grant funds are available to nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals who have a project that furthers the health and wellness of Southeast Los Angeles.

Applicants from all over Los Angeles have submitted their applications for the match program, and now it’s your turn to help us determine a winner. Judges will select up to five finalists based on the following criteria:

  • Impact the program will have on the health and well-being of Southeast Los Angeles
  • Likelihood of the applicant’s plan being completed on time and within budget
  • Sustainability of the project once it’s completed
  • Overall quality of submission

On February 28, finalists will be announced and voting begins. Vote for your favorite proposal and look for a winner on March 19, 2018.

Check out the finalists here and don’t wait to vote!

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We're Here to Help Get You Through the Flu Season

January 30, 2018

Flu season is more severe than in years past and unfortunately, it started earlier than expected. More patients are also being hospitalized with flu-like symptoms.

With flu symptoms spreading throughout California at a faster pace, AltaMed wants to ensure that our patients are protected against the flu virus. It’s important to take these steps to ensure you stay healthy and avoid the spread of disease:

  • If you haven’t received the flu vaccine, go to your nearest AltaMed location and get a flu shot.
     
  • If you are feeling sick or have been diagnosed with the flu, stay home from work or school to avoid the spread of disease.
     
  • Wash your hands consistently throughout the day, especially if you come in close contact with someone who is feeling under the weather.
     
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth after touching something that may be contaminated with germs.
     
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces at home or at work, especially if someone is sick.
     
  • Get plenty of sleep, drink a lot of hydrating fluids like water and tea and be sure to eat nutritious food to help protect your immune system.

If you believe you have the flu, come to one of our Urgent Care locations to be seen by a provider who can help manage your symptoms. For more helpful information about the flu, click here.

 

Take Care with Your Health Care

October 08, 2018

We’ve all heard the saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” and the same sentiment can be applied to your health plan. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an additional estimated 20 million Americans now have health coverage. It’s up to you to make sure you take advantage of everything your insurance has to offer. 

Beyond taking a closer look at the details of your specific plan, here are a few easy and basic ways to make the most of the benefits included in your health coverage. 

  • Wellness Visit: These provide an overall picture of your health and how you can make improvements by checking stats like blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI) and weight.
  • Preventive Services: Keeping you healthy is just as important to your provider as it is to you. So be sure to use any and all free services they offer, which can include immunizations, colonoscopies, diabetes checks, contraceptives, osteoporosis and anemia screenings, prenatal care and mammograms, just to name a few.
  • Education: Many plans include classes on fitness, nutrition, overall healthy living and chronic disease management. 
  • Annual Physical: Preventive exams are key to catching any serious health issues like cancer and diabetes early, before they start, or early enough to be properly treated. It’s also a great time to talk to your doctor about any health concerns you may have, and to get important shots and vaccinations. 
  • Discounts: You’d be surprised what kind of health and wellness products and services may be available through your insurance. Think discounts on gym memberships, eye exams, and chiropractic or acupuncture visits, as well as programs and support groups to help quit smoking. 
  • Nurse Advice Line: Typically available 24/7, you can save yourself and your family a trip to the emergency room or urgent care by calling these helplines , which have registered nurses on hand to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. 
  • Prescriptions: Not only is medication more affordable if your doctor prescribes you the generic version, but if your plan has a mail service pharmacy option, you’ll be able to save a trip to the pharmacy.