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UPHP Update: National Immunization Awareness Month Underway
Posted on August 02, 2022

During our latest update on Sunny 101.9, UPHP Clinical Coordinator, Chelsea Ely, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to discuss National Immunization Awareness Month in August.

She talked about how getting vaccinated helps our communities stay healthy as a whole, and how the month of August is a perfect time of year to get vaccinated as the school year is just around the corner. Ely also shared some information about how people can find out what immunizations they need, and what steps people of all ages should take to get up to date on immunizations.

2021 UPHP Community Benefit Report
Posted on August 02, 2022

The 2021 Upper Peninsula Health Plan Community Benefit Report highlights the the plan’s contributions to our community and commitment to helping our region’s citizen’s live their healthiest lives possible.

UPHP Update: The Importance of Good Oral Health
Posted on July 07, 2022

During our latest update on Sunny 101.9, UPHP Clinical Coordinator, Erin Potter, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to discuss the importance of good oral health.

Potter is a registered dental hygienist, and explained why oral health so important and how people can maintain or improve it. She said the four main ways are good oral hygiene at home, a tooth-healthy diet, not using tobacco products, and regular dental checkups.

She also shared that regular cleanings and exams are important for both oral and overall health, so being seen regularly by a dental professional is an important part of health care.

UPHP Update: Marquette County Community Resource Fair Returns June 15
Posted on June 01, 2022

During our latest update on Sunny 101.9, UPHCS Project Director, Katrina Keough, and UPHCS Quality Initiative Coordinator, Kristie Hechtman, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to discuss the return of the Marquette County Community Resource Fair.

Hechtman said there will be multiple services available, including the Feeding America Mobile Food truck at the Berry Events Center, and several community based organizations offering health screenings, food, housing, and utility resources, veteran’s assistance, vaccinations and immunizations, women’s resources and more. Keough said that the aim of the resource fair is to empower Marquette County residents in their health journey by providing as many resources as possible in one location for one day.

UPHP Update: HealthyHer Campaign Underway
Posted on May 03, 2022

During our latest update on Sunny 101.9, UPHP Director of Pharmacy, Rachael Prusi, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to discuss the HealthyHer campaign to promote Women’s Health Month.

Prusi explained the HealthyHer Campaign coincides with National Women’s Health Week, which starts on Mother’s Day each year, so this year it begins on May 8th. She added that UPHP is currently working on a project to improve asthma control among their members, saying that women are more likely than men to have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder and Asthma.

Prusi shared some good advice for women who are trying to improve their lung health, and how they can find out more information through the Upper Peninsula Health Plan website.

UPHP Update: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Campaign Underway
Posted on April 05, 2022

During our latest update on Sunny 101.9, UPHP Director of Population Health, Janey Joffee, and Clinical Services Manager, Lindsey Havel, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to discuss this year’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures campaign.

Joffee explained that this year, the campaign is focusing on preventive care for children of all ages by encouraging completion of well-care visits and recommended immunizations, including the COVID-19 vaccination for children age 5 and older. Havel said this year’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures campaign is also focused on promotion of recommended vaccinations to pregnant and breastfeeding persons.

The annual campaign is sponsored by Upper Peninsula Health Plan, The Region 1 Perinatal Collaborative, and Upper Peninsula Health Group, and is taking place from March 28th through May 13th.

UPHP Update: March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s What You Need to Know.
Posted on March 02, 2022

During our latest update on Sunny 101.9, UPHP Clinical Coordinator, Renee Anderton, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to discuss colorectal cancer screening and the importance of early detection.

Anderton outlined some of the risk factors for colorectal cancer as well as some one the main screening options, adding that it’s important to not wait for symptoms to be checked. Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer do not always cause symptoms, especially early on, and screening helps find it early, when treatment can be very effective.

UPHP Update: Member Transportation Benefits and Volunteer Driver Opportunities
Posted on February 02, 2022

During our latest update on Sunny 101.9, UPHP Customer Service Manager, Krystina Gwinn, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to discuss the transportation benefits for UPHP members and how interest people can become volunteer drivers.

Gwinn explained that non-emergent medical transportation is a benefit for all UPHP Medicaid members to ensure transportation is not a barrier for members to get to their medical appointments, and to make sure they get the care they need.

She outlined the types of transportation covered under the benefit and how members can use the service. Gwinn also shared information on how anyone who may be interested in becoming a volunteer driver for the UPHP transportation program can find out more.

UPHP Update: Current Hiring Opportunities in Care Management at Upper Peninsula Health Plan
Posted on January 05, 2022

During our latest update on Sunny 101.9, UPHP Manager of Care Management, Jamie Hanes, and Clinical Coordinator, Steve Rudness, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to discuss current hiring opportunities in Care Management at UPHP. They explained that UPHP is looking to hire multiple care managers to add to their clinical care management department.

Hanes shared more details about the positions and the kind of work that the Care Managers do. Rudness talked about what it means to be a Care Manager and how long he’s been on staff with UPHP.

They added that the new care manager positions will have the ability to be remote for interested applicants in the U.P. Anyone interested in applying for this position can visit uphp.com/careers to review the job description and submit a cover letter and resume.

UPHP Update on Sunny 101.9 Managing Stress During the Holidays and Beyond
Posted on December 08, 2021
Steve Rudness

During our latest update on Sunny 101.9, UPHP Clinical Coordinator and Program Lead, Steve Rudness, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to discuss stress, its causes, and how to manage it. Rudness explained some of the big causes of stress, including the holidays, financial and job pressures, along with relationships and family issues. 

He also outlined some good tips to manage stress and shared resources if you need help dealing with stress during the holiday season.