Highmark Walk – Week 6 Update

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We just finished out the 6th week campaigning for the Highmark Walk 2019! Our goal is to raise $5,000 and have 50 walkers to walk with us, both virtually and in person. With 8 weeks left to go, we have:

  • 7 teams
  • 30 walkers
  • $657 raised

We are really looking forward to all the fun that this year brings, but we can’t do it without you!
Would you consider walking with us on the path to independence?

  1. Register as a walker, virtually or in person
  2. Join us, on Saturday, May 18th at the Altoona Curve Stadium
  3. Find sponsors, raise money and donate!

Click here to register and/or donate today!

Highmark Walk – Week 5 Update

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We just finished out the 5th week campaigning for the Highmark Walk 2019! Our goal is to raise $5,000 and have 50 walkers to walk with us, both virtually and in person. With 9 weeks left to go, we have:

  • 7 teams
  • 27 walkers
  • $192 raised

We are really looking forward to all the fun that this year brings, but we can’t do it without you!
Would you consider walking with us on the path to independence?

  1. Register as a walker, virtually or in person
  2. Join us, on Saturday, May 18th at the Altoona Curve Stadium
  3. Find sponsors, raise money and donate!

Click here to register and/or donate today!

Highmark Walk – Week 4 Update

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We are in the 2nd month of campaigning for the Highmark Walk 2019! Our goal is to raise $5,000 and have 50 walkers to walk with us, both virtually and in person. So far, we have:

  • 7 teams
  • 16 walkers
  • $127 raised

We are really looking forward to all the fun that this year brings, but we can’t do it without you!
Would you consider walking with us on the path to independence?

  1. Register as a walker, virtually or in person
  2. Join us, on Saturday, May 18th at the Altoona Curve Stadium
  3. Find sponsors, raise money and donate!

Click here to register and/or donate today!

Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

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March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Everyone is at risk for a TBI, especially children and older adults. To learn more about brain injury awareness, visit the CDC website.

Flu Update

Flu activity is picking up across the country, with widespread infection in 24 states. Between about 6 and 7 million people have been sick with flu, up to half of those people have sought medical care for their illness, and between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized from flu according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC.)

If that news has you worried about your own chances of coming down with the virus, you can still protect yourself. Go get a flu shot if you haven’t already. That’s right, it’s not too late and there is no reason for putting off a flu vaccine.

The Harbaugh Family

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Through the Holiday Blessing’s fund, AUCP was able to purchase two batteries for ceiling lifts for the Harbaugh family from Fairfield, PA. The family consists of mother, Charity, and her five adult children, three of which have Cerebral Palsy. Charity has been their primary caregiver since her late husband’s passing four years ago. Even with help from her oldest daughter and youngest son, she definitely has her hands full.

In the house, ceiling lift systems are used in order to transport her children to different rooms and in and out of bed. Due to constant use, the batteries tend to die out quicker than they can be replaced. At one point, with only two working batteries, Charity was having to transport the batteries from one lift to another while putting herself into unsafe situations in order to do so.

Although the new batteries didn’t alleviate all of the family’s challenges, AUCP was blessed to be able to extend a helping hand during their time of need. The oldest sister, Cindy, says “it’s definitely been a rough time, but the batteries have been a huge benefit.” Working with their AUCP Service Coordinator, the family continues to pursue resources and ways to maintain their family and keep them together living in their own home.

 

If you would like to give towards our Community Fund that allows us to “bless” individuals in our communities, follow this link and donate today!

Re-Use It Donations Needed

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Did you know? Our Re-Use It program allows us to redistribute lightly used medical equipment and assistive technology to individuals of all ages that are residents of Pennsylvania.

All of the inventory has been donated to us and it’s our job to redistribute the items to individuals that do not have the financial means to obtain it themselves.

Currently, we are in need of:

  • manual wheelchairs 
  • shower chairs
  • rollators (walkers with seats)

If you or someone you know have any of these items and are looking to donate them, please contact Anne Holtzman at (844) 819-4455 Ext. 1506. All donations are being accepted in our HANOVER office and are tax deductible.

To learn more about the program and to view our available inventory, CLICK HERE.

AUCP AmeriHealth Training

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Our AUCP AmeriHealth team participated in a two-day training at AmeriHealth Caritas Pittsburgh Headquarters earlier this week. The team was provided with intensive training and had the opportunity to do team building with AmeriHealth Caritas and other contracted Service Coordination entity staff. The broad training refreshed our team’s memory on many of the processes set in place as well as exploring new areas to better equip them in providing quality care and services to our participants who have AmeriHealth Caritas as their MCO provider under Community Health Choices.

 

Pictured from left to right: Hollie Orris, Nursing Home Coordinator; Kay Freedman, Service Coordinator; Linda Freidhoff, SC Supervisor; and Lauren Pennewill Service Coordinator.

Employment First

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Pennsylvania recently created the Employment First objective so participants receiving long-term services and supports have the option to work. If you are eager to work, but are not sure where to start, call your service coordinator or our office at 814.619.3398 to see what options are available to you.

Community Health Choices

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Community HealthChoices (CHC) coordinates your health care coverage to improve the quality of your health care experience — every participant has the opportunity to choose one of three Managed Care Organizations (MCO) including:

Each MCO uses a group of doctors, hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers to meet your health care needs.

Change can be frightening, especially when it comes to your health. We can offer you the assurance that you are under great care when you are with AUCP.

Deciding which Managed Care Organization (MCO) will be the right fit for you is your next step, here is some insight from our supervisors:

“What makes PA Health and Wellness stand out is their Medicare program, Allwell. This is for dual eligible participants and offers comprehensive health care and prescription coverage.”

– Gwen Msolomba, PA Health and Wellness Supervisor

“AmeriHealth Caritas is dedicated to assisting their participants on getting care, staying well and building healthy communities with the focus on person centered planning when accessing services for each participant.”

– Linda Freidhoff, AmeriHealth Supervisor

“UPMC offers comprehensive services and supports available to participants. They also have value-added benefits, such as smart phones and smoking cessation programs… ”

– Jessica Pulliam Petrunak, UPMC Supervisor

CHC rolled out in the Philadelphia region this January and will be rolling out in the rest of the state January 2020. For more information call 1-833-735-4416 or visit www.HealthChoicesPA.com.