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  • Where to get free flu shots

    Obtaining Free Flu Shots

    There are a number of locations to obtain a complimentary influenza shot:

    1. Your Employer

    Many employers provide cost-free flu shots to all workers this year. They may also offer totally free influenza shots to relatives as well. Consult your company to see if they will be offering cost-free influenza shots this year. If they are not, provide this feedback– the economic impact.of the influenza in the United StateS is $87.1 billion annually, in lost work and other indirect expenses like healthcare.

    2. Your Physician with your Health Insurance

    Indirectly, via your company or if you have a public health.insurance exchange, your medical insurance can   pay for your influenza shot with no cost, because of Affordable Care Act insurance coverage rules, when provided by an in-network supplier.

    3. Your County Health Department

    Several regional wellness departments offer cost-free flu shots to kids as well as the elderly. Progressively they are offering this solution to everyone. The only downside is the potential for long waiting lines.  Have a look at your county or cities web site for  more details.

    Other Cheap Flu Shot Locations

    If you don’t have health insurance, or an employer or county health.department that offers cost-free flu shots, there are a variety of stores providing rather affordable flu shots for the 2015-2016 flu season. If you do.have medical insurance that covers influenza shots, it might even be more.convenient compared to going to your doctor.


    • Costco Flu Shots: Costs $14.99. The least expensive on this listing if you don’t have insurance.
    • CVS Flu shots: Costs$31.99. You get a 20% off one-time promo valid on non-sale. goods and non-pharmacy acquisitions as much as $50(optimum value $10 ). Typical co-pay applies.
    • Walgreen’s Flu Shots:$31.99 Insurance approval differs. Typical co-pay applies.
    • Rite Aid Flu Shots: Costs$31.99. Insurance policy approval differs. Typical co-pay applies.
    • Meijer Flu Shot Costs$27.99. Insurance approval differs. Common co-pay applies.
    • Wal Mart Flu Shots: Costs$25. Insurance policy acceptance differs, Usual co-pay applies.
    • Sams Club Flu Shots: Costs $15. Insurance acceptance varies. Common co-pay applies.
    • Kroger Flu Shots Costs$28. Insurance coverage approval varies. Typical co-pay applies.
    • Target Flu Shots: Costs$24.99. Insurance policy acceptance differs.Normal co-pay applies.


    You can also check the CDC’s Flu.gov influenza shot locator site, which provides a map of places near you that supply influenza shots.

  • Find free care, fast: New website will create national index of safety net clinics

    A fragile medical safety net stretches across America, made up of thousands of clinics offering free and low-cost health care to those with no other place to turn.

    Run by a wide range of nonprofit groups, religious organizations, communities and educational institutions, they serve a vital role — and will continue to do so even as more Americans get access to health insurance.

    But finding a clinic, and figuring out what it offers, can pose a challenge.

    Enter a group of University of Michigan Medical School students and their colleagues from health and information technology schools at U-M.

    Together, they’ve launched findcare.org, a nonprofit website that aims to make it easy to find free or sliding-scale clinics near you, learn who they assist, what services they offer, understand where and when they’re open, and how to contact them.

    The site’s database already includes information on over 500 clinics in Michigan and approximately 2,000 in the Midwest; the Michigan clinics are already available on the website. The Findcare team aims to expand the website into a nationwide resource with information provided by clinics themselves, and by other groups of community-minded health professions students.

    With funding from the U-M Medical School and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the students built findcare.org and added clinic information to its database relying primarily on volunteer labor. They used an interactive Google Maps API interface to make searching and navigation easier.

    More than two dozen students helped pull together the information on the site from a wide range of sources, and build an interface that works well on mobile devices and desktop computers. You might call them community service entrepreneurs.

    Together, they created a system for adding and updating clinic information that relies on a form of crowdsourcing, though with added measures to ensure the validity of information. Individuals who submit valid information can become “trusted users” over time. This will make findcare.org a dynamic and essentially self-updating site, unlike previous sites with similar aims.

    Although the Affordable Care Act has allowed millions of people to get health insurance coverage, millions more still lack it — including those living in states that have chosen not to accept federal dollars to expand eligibility for Medicaid.

    In all, 13.4 percent of those living in the U.S. are uninsured, according to the latest poll by the Gallup organization. Federal projections show that as many as 30 million people living in the U.S. could still be uninsured in the year 2023.

    That reality makes findcare.org an important resource, says one of the U-M leaders who helped fund the project.

    “Our medical students who took the initiative on this project, and their partners from other U-M schools and at other institutions, should take real pride in achieving something that will serve the community in an entirely new way,” says Rajesh Mangrulkar, M.D., Associate Dean for medical student education at the U-M Medical School. “I hope their colleagues at universities across the country will join this movement and make the directory as robust as it can be.”

    Michael Gao, who will graduate this month from the U-M Medical School, and Elizabeth Haworth-Hoeppner, a rising fourth-year medical student, lead the organization along with first-year medical students Michael Huarng and Sanjana Malviya. Findcare now includes students from the U-M Medical School, the schools of Information, Public Health, Social Work, the colleges of Engineering and Pharmacy, and the Ross Business School.

    They received support and guidance from Sanjay Saint, M.D., MPH, the George Dock Collegiate Professor of Internal Medicine at U-M and associate chief of medicine at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Joel Howell, M.D., the Victor Vaughn Collegiate Professor of the History of Mdicine, also contributed.

    The idea grew out of the frustration experienced by U-M medical students who several years ago sought to create what has now become the U-M Student-Run Free Clinic, with help from faculty physicians. Just finding information on free clinics in the Ann Arbor area was difficult.

    The idea of building a website aimed at people without insurance, or experiencing financial hardship, may seem strange, Gao acknowledges.

    But studies have shown that 70 percent of low-income people access the Internet for health information, and that inexpensive smartphones have leveled the playing field for Internet access among people of different backgrounds.

    The students will continue to add clinics in the Midwest and hope that others will add more. As many as 15,000 free and sliding scale clinics, and clinics that accept uninsured patients, may exist across the nation.

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  • Fighting the Bronx’s Obesity Epidemic by Creating a World of Possibilities Where Health and Wellness Allow You to Soar

    Urban Health Plan (UHP) will celebrate the official opening of its most recent health center, the Simpson Pavilion on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9:00AM. The new, state-of-the-art, 54,000-square-foot facility will enable UHP to care for an additional 20,000 South Bronx residents. It will house UHP’s adult medicine, walk-in pediatrics, behavioral health and OB/GYN departments, as well as a fitness center for patients and a demonstration kitchen designed by UHP partner Canyon Ranch Institute and the chefs of the world-renowned Canyon Ranch Health Resort.

    Included in this major expansion, the new demonstration kitchen is part of a long-standing partnership between the nonprofit Canyon Ranch Institute (CRI), which brings life-enhancing programs to underserved communities, and Urban Health Plan, a network of community hospitals in the Bronx and Queens. The Simpson Pavilion demonstration kitchen will be the pilot site of the CRI Healthy Table program. A UHP nutritionist was trained to lead the program through a culinary internship with the Canyon Ranch culinary department led by Corporate Chef Scott Uehlein in Tucson, Arizona.

    Urban Health Plan and Canyon Ranch Institute experts co-developed the CRI Healthy Table program to pilot in the Bronx, which was also the first pilot site for the award-winning CRI Life Enhancement Program. The goal of CRI Healthy Table is to create a healthier community through food and cooking education delivered in an evidence-based, integrative, high-quality, culturally proficient, and health literate manner through programs that are accessible to all community members.

    “We have been a partner with Canyon Ranch Institute since 2007. Together, we have taken Canyon Ranch’s Life Enhancement Program, which is offered at the world’s premier health and wellness resort in Tucson, Arizona, and created our own version for use with our patients in the Bronx,” said Paloma Hernandez, M.P.H., M.S., president and CEO of Urban Health Plan. “As a result of this partnership, we have seen improvements in our patients’ health, including weight loss, less depression, and decreases in HG A1C levels,” she added.

    “The Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program has many components, and nutrition is one of them. Our new demonstration kitchen and CRI Healthy Table program allow us to provide hands-on cooking classes to enable patients and community residents to learn how to cook healthy meals. This is particularly important in the Bronx, a borough that has once again been identified in the County Health Rankings as one of the unhealthiest counties in New York State,” said Elvira Rella, R.D., director of Nutrition at Urban Health Plan.

    Through the CRI Healthy Table program, community residents will have access to lunch-and-learn sessions, cooking demonstrations, and hands-on cooking classes that feature delicious, affordable, and nutritious meals and recipes. The program also includes a visit to a local farmer’s market and grocery store tours to help guide participants in making healthy food choices, including understanding nutrition and ingredient labels.

    “Urban Health Plan is a model for health care delivery of the future,” said Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States and president of Canyon Ranch Institute. “Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, are the most costly health problems facing our nation. Together with Canyon Ranch Institute, Urban Health Plan is providing integrative health and wellness programs and services to the community where I was raised, and I am so grateful for the significant health improvements that all residents have access to and can appreciate.”

    “CRI Healthy Table combines nutrition science with the opportunity for people to personally experience shopping for, cooking, and eating healthy foods in a welcoming, beautiful setting within their own community,” said Jennifer Cabe, M.A., executive director and board member of Canyon Ranch Institute. “We are proud to work in partnership with Urban Health Plan to demonstrate that the best practices of health and wellness pioneered at Canyon Ranch are replicable and sustainable and continue to make a positive difference for people in low-income communities.”

    The Simpson Pavilion is Urban Health Plan’s ninth clinic site. It was financed through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the New York City Council, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., State Senator Ruben Diaz and new market tax credits (NMTC). The combined $37.8 million NMTC transaction was structured with funds from Enterprise, a national leader in community development and one of the largest allocates of NMTC, the Nonprofit Finance Fund and Stonehenge Community Development. Goldman Sachs provided NMTC equity to the project as well as debt financing.


    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Urban Health Plan’s Simpson Pavilion


    Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9:00AM


    1054 Simpson Street, Bronx, NY 10459


    Staff and patients of Urban Health Plan, elected officials, community residents, community organizations

    About Urban Health Plan:  Urban Health Plan is a network of federally qualified community health centers based in the South Bronx and Queens. Its mission is to improve the health status of underserved communities. In 2013, UHP served more than 60,000 patients through more than 300,000 patient visits at eight clinic sites, eight school-based clinics and four part-time sites. It has served the Hunts Point, Mott Haven, Morrisania and other surrounding communities since 1974. UHP is Joint Commission accredited and has been awarded Level 3 recognition as a Physician Practice Connections-Patient Centered Medical Home (PPC-PCMH) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) since 2009. Level 3 is the highest recognition awarded by the NCQA. It has been named one of the top 25 not-for-profits in the country by Hispanic Business Magazine for the past four years.

    About Canyon Ranch Institute®: Canyon Ranch Institute catalyzes the possibility of optimal health for all people by translating the best practices of Canyon Ranch and our partners to help educate, inspire, and empower every person to prevent disease and embrace a life of wellness. Canyon Ranch Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity. More information is available at www.canyonranchinstitute.org. On Twitter @CRIhealthyworld