The local health plan supported more than 70 community organizations and participated in more than 250 community events to improve the health and well-being of Hoosiers
INDIANAPOLIS, January 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — In 2022, churches will be everywhere Indiana sought to improve their health and well-being in the face of myriad healthcare challenges such as COVID-19 variants, mental health issues and more. Through it all, MHS is committed to helping the residents of Indiana Improving their health and well-being through awareness, education and action.
Over the past year, MHS has funded and supported more than 70 organizations and participated in more than 250 events with community partners to improve the lives of Hoosiers. Recognizing the impact of social determinants of health, MHS expanded its support beyond medical needs and took action to empower and empower communities to ensure a strong foundation for overall health and well-being. These activities addressed challenges such as food insecurity, immunization, nutrition, health education and health literacy.
“By talking to members of the community, we’ve learned so much about their personal struggles with health, and I’m proud of our commitment to helping them on their journey to health and wellness,” he said Kevin O’Toole, President and CEO of MHS. “To see the people Indiana active and committed to their health and well-being is a powerful image. I have the highest appreciation for our employees and everyone in our communities working together to improve their lives.”
Through health initiatives and engagement efforts, MHS helped transform the health of Indiana Communities with multiple initiatives including:
Walk to feel good: MHS organized several Walk for Wellness events across the state Indiana for Hoosiers in rural areas. Each Walk for Wellness event offered free dental and eye care, immunizations, and additional community resources, including coupons for a new pair of Shoes for Shoe Sensation. MHS is in partnership with the Indiana Black Barbershop Initiative, Community Action of southern indianaInc. (CASI), Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation (SIEOC), Green Tree Mall, Shoe Sensation and Indiana Immunization Coalition to successfully provide Walk for Wellness services to Hoosiers.
Block the hunger: MHS and Pacers Sports & Entertainment have partnered for four Block Out Hunger events in 2022 and 2023. Block Out Hunger aims to provide healthy food options to individuals and families in need. MHS also worked with the Rock Initiative at Eastern Star, the Indianapolis Black Firefighters Association, the Edna Martin Christian Center and the Indianapolis Fire Department to provide individuals and families with Kroger grocery bags filled with healthy food options including vegetables, Fruit, meat, soup, crackers and other pantry staples. Each family also received a Pacers/Fever swag bag and tickets to a Pacers game.
Nine13 Sports: A new partnership launched in 2022, Nine13 Sports and MHS created new and fun perspectives on health and fitness education taught in local schools. MHS sponsored 18 events with Nine13 in six Indiana schools and reached 2,133 students through programming.
MHS Adopt-A-School: As part of the MHS Adopt-A-School program, Bloomingdale Elementary School hosted its first health and wellness resource fair, providing over 85 families with immunizations, insurance coverage resources, health education, library cards, tutoring, shoes, warm clothing and more.
School vaccination events: MHS works with the city Laurentius, the Shalom Health Center and the Indiana Department of Health to offer free vaccinations to adults and children every Thursday in July at the Fort Ben Farmers Market. Children who received their back-to-school shots during an event also received a free MHS backpack. A total of 149 vaccinations were given to 76 people in July.
These positive partnerships, programs, sponsorships and events have all resulted in improved health and well-being Indiana, while enabling MHS to support and build meaningful relationships between communities. These connections remain a priority for MHS as we head into the new year.
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Managed Health Services (MHS) is a managed care entity that proudly serves the state Indiana for more than 25 years through the Hoosier Healthwise and Hoosier Care Connect Medicaid programs; and the Healthy Indiana (HIP) Medicaid alternative program. MHS also offers MHS’s Ambetter on the Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace and Wellcare By Allwell, a Medicare Advantage plan. All of our plans come with high-quality, comprehensive coverage from a carrier network you can trust. Visit mhsindiana.com to learn more. MHS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a leading healthcare company.
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