Say Cheese! Retinal Eye Exams Are a Snap

January 01, 2017

Getting a retinal eye exam is as easy as posing for a photo, and for those with diabetes, it’s priceless to visual health. Instead of capturing a Kodak moment, a picture of the back of the eyes is taken so that doctors can look for any potential damage or disease caused by diabetes. If left unchecked, vision loss and blindness may occur.

Retinal eye exams should be performed once a year for all patients ages 18 to 75 who have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The test is simple, painless and takes less than 15 minutes. There are no side effects and eye dilation is not typically required. 

The best part is that the exam is available at six AltaMed locations:

  • Boyle Heights
  • Commerce
  • El Monte
  • Garden Grove
  • Pico Rivera, Slauson
  • Santa Ana, Bristol

Retinal exams are likely covered by your health insurance, but if they’re not, they only cost $17 at these locations. To set up an appointment or for more information, please call our Patient Contact Center at (888) 499-9303.

 

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Brush Up on Your Family’s Oral Health!

February 01, 2017

A good smile can brighten anyone’s day, which is why it’s important to make sure your children feel good about flashing their toothy grins. The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors February as National Children’s Dental Health Month to help raise awareness about the importance of oral health, and here at AltaMed, we couldn’t agree more with their mission. 

It’s key to help your child develop a positive attitude towards dental care so that they maintain good habits through adulthood. With this year’s theme of “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile,” the ADA is drawing attention to the fact that the water that comes out of your home’s faucet has fluoride that strengthens teeth and helps prevent cavities. Best of all, it’s free!

Beyond brushing with tap water, making sure you and your family drink plenty of water is also an important part of maintaining oral health. By avoiding sugary drinks like soda and sweetened juices, you can help prevent tooth decay, the most common chronic yet preventable disease in children. 

Also follow the 2x2 plan, which means brushing twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, for at least two minutes using toothpaste with fluoride. And don’t forget to floss! Flossing removes food from between the teeth that toothbrushes just can’t reach. 

To help celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month and encourage our young patients to take care of their choppers, on February 10 our dental locations will be giving away fun goodie bags with treats like toothpaste, toothbrushes, finger toothbrushes, dental floss, toothbrush covers, stickers and educational materials. 

Throughout February you’ll also be able to find our Oral Health Unit at the following locations: 

  • February X: AltaMed General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • February X: AltaMed Medical Group – Orange
  • February X: AltaMed Medical and Dental Group – Santa Ana, Main
  • February X: AltaMed Medical Group – Commerce
  • February X: AltaMed Medical Group – Pico Rivera, Slauson
  • February X: AltaMed Medical Group – Garden Grove
  • February X: AltaMed Medical Group – Westlake

Call 877-462-2582 today to make an appointment for your child—oral health affects our overall health, so it’s never too early to get started on proper dental care! 

 

HIV/AIDS Awareness

December 01, 2016

The AIDS epidemic may no longer be in the news as much as it used to, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide, with more than 35 million people living with HIV across the globe; 2 million dying each year, and 270,000 being children. 

These devastating numbers are why December is designated AIDS Awareness Month. Besides showing support for those living with HIV, and remembering those who have passed, organizations dedicated to the cause spend this month reminding the world that HIV has not been cured. Raising awareness, improving education and fighting stigma are still part of the battle. 

In the U.S., more than 1 million Americans live with HIV, and 1 in 5 are unaware. It is everyone’s responsibility to get tested and know the results, and to encourage loved ones to do the same. The more people work to raise awareness, the closer the nation is to an AIDS-free generation. 

As a leader in California health care, AltaMed offers simple, confidential and private HIV and STDs testing at many service locations. In fact, AltaMed uses the HIV Rapid Test, which lets people find out their results in just 20 minutes. Anyone can make an appointment, walk into one of the AltaMed locations or visit a mobile testing unit, which travels throughout Los Angeles. 

On AltaMed.org, people can also find many educational resources about the HIV and AIDS health care services AltaMed offers, including specialty care, case management, treatment, prevention programs and one-on-one counseling. AltaMed has a team of highly skilled experts ready to provide everyone with quality care without exception. 

AltaMed can answer questions about its HIV/AIDS services at (888)-455-5540 and has many helpful resources on AltaMed.org/hiv. 

It’s time to show solidarity by wearing a red ribbon, and making an effort to learn more and help educate family and friends about the real facts about HIV and AIDS.