The COVID-19 pandemic – as well as the racial unrest that ensued after the murder of George Floyd last summer – pushed the health care system in ways that no one could ever have imagined. We knew we needed to come together to help Minnesota heal, and Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans have stepped up in a number of ways to support our state.
Minnesota’s hospitals, health systems, clinics and health plans are taking extra steps this year to make getting the flu shot safer and easier during the pandemic. Learn more about these efforts in this article from the Minnesota Council of Health Plans and Minnesota Hospital Association.
Measles is a disease that we all need to take seriously, particularly as we commence back-to-school season, begin fall sports and start to do more activities indoors. Here’s a little “Measles 101,” including information on why it’s important — and safe — to be vaccinated against it.
Minnesota’s hospitals, health systems, clinics and health plans are taking extensive measures to ensure that vaccinations are easier and more accessible for everyone amid the pandemic. Learn more about these efforts and the importance of measles vaccinations in this article from the Minnesota Council of Health Plans and Minnesota Hospital Association.
While we continue to do everything we can to minimize the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks in public, we must also get the care that protects and improves our health, according to the Chief Medical Officers of Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans.
To gain a better understanding of how the pandemic has affected mental health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota had a conversation with Dr. Steven Sehr, senior medical director for behavioral health at Blue Cross, and Dr. Ryan Van Wyk, specialty lead for the North Memorial Health Mental Health Services Center.
Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans have long valued diversity, equity and inclusion, and in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death, they have made robust pledges to further advance racial justice within their organizations and in our communities.