With COVID-19 Still a Concern, Let’s Also Remember to Protect Our Kids from Influenza

Although COVID-19 continues to be in the spotlight, this is no time to take the flu for granted. The flu can cause serious illness, require hospitalization and lead to death. As kids return to classrooms and outdoor activities transition back to indoors, it’s important for children and adults to get their flu shot.

New managed care contracts covering 1.3M Minnesotans include supports to improve well-being

The State of Minnesota recently announced new managed care contracts serving 600,000 Minnesotans in 80 outstate counties, along with older adults and adults with disabilities statewide. The seven-county metro area contracts, covering 700,000 Minnesotans, were finalized late last year. Minnesota’s public health care programs, including prepaid Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare, serve low-income families and children. […]

Why It’s Important Your Child is Vaccinated for COVID This School Year

As parents send their children back to school, it’s important to remember that COVID-19 continues to be a key public health issue. COVID shots are widely available. You can visit your regular doctor, or you can get it at most pharmacies, clinics and retail clinics and other locations.

Learn the A-B-C’s of Back-to-School Vaccinations for Children

It’s important to remember your children may be due for other important vaccines — or even overdue. As the new school year begins, this would be an excellent time to get your kids caught up. Check out the list of vaccines that are recommended for kids from birth to age six.

Myth-Busting the Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine

With school back in session you’ll want to make sure your child is up to date on the MMR vaccine. The vaccine has been around for more than 50 years, and it’s been so effective that the U.S. declared measles “eliminated” back in 2000. Measles outbreaks still occur in the U.S. and have been on the rise in recent years.

Change to Kidney Care Guideline Could Address Racial Disparities in Renal Outcomes

Medica is asking doctors to stop using the most common method to diagnose and assess the severity of kidney disease. The health plan says the current approach overestimates kidney function in people with African ancestry and leads to worse outcomes.

Innovative Partnership With Startup to Make Traffic Stops Safer for Drivers and Police

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is teaming up with TurnSignl as part of a five-year strategy with the City of Brooklyn Center that aims to improve racial and health equity. The pilot program will provide up to 3,000 residents free access to the TurnSignl app.

Employees Step Up to be Ambassadors for Health Equity to Educate Colleagues

HealthPartners has mobilized a grassroots movement to help close gaps in health care outcomes. More than 350 HealthPartners changemakers are educating colleagues and rooting out bias to ensure members and patients receive evidence-based care and exceptional service.

Team Fights Inequities in Health Care Outcomes Using Their ‘People Power’

The 15-plus member group is focusing on COVID response, but also screens for medical issues, mental health and substance use disorders or other social needs that may be adversely affected by the pandemic. The team also provides education and support for COVID-19 prevention, testing and vaccination.