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The Health Navigator A Community News Briefing from the Health Care Advocate Spring 2010 The health care advocate serves United Way 2-1-1 callers with health and medical issues, particularly those requiring advocacy. The health care advocate can provide help with prescription assistance, medical supplies and equipment, referrals to community clinics and so much more.

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National Women’s Health Week

May marks National Women’s Health Week. National Women’s Health Week begins on Mother’s Day of every year and is dedicated to spreading awareness of women’s health topics and empower individuals, women, families and communities to join together to help women achieve longer, healthier, and safer lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly urge all persons to join in on the celebration. There are various way in which you can participate in National Women’s Health Week. 

Plan a Health Event—Individuals and groups can plan activities to promote women's health during National Women's Health Week (always beginning Mother's Day) or any time of year. Activities can range from planning a seminar to coordinating a health fair.

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Schedule a Check-Up- Exams, screenings, and vaccinations can help you stay healthy. Take the time to get a check-up, Pap test , or mammogram, and encourage a family member or friend to do the same. National Women's Check-Up Day is the day after Mother's Day each year.

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Join the Woman Challenge- The WOMAN Challenge (Women and girls Out Moving Across the Nation) begins every year on Mother's Day. Thousands of women across the country embark on an eight-week physical activity challenge for better health.

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Learn Your Family History- Knowing your family health history can help you take steps to lower your risk for developing health problems.

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Send a Health E-Card to Encourage Healthy Living- Let your friends, family, and coworkers know you care about them and their health and safety. Choose a card for Mother’s Day, National Women’s Health Week, or other occasions throughout the year. Visit: http://www2c.cdc.gov/ecards/index.asp

National Women’s Health Week ......... 1 Ask the Health Care Advocate...... 2 Success Story: It Could Happen to You ....................... 2 Call to Action ........ 3 Upcoming Events . 4 HPV Initiative ........ 4

For more information about women’s health and wellness resources and information, including information about hosting an event, call United Way 2-1-1, (816) 474-5112 or toll free (866) 320-5764. You can be one step closer to helping women to live longer and healthier lives.


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Ask the Health Care Advocate Dear Advocate, I am a 52-year-old Missouri woman who has recently lost my job and my health insurance. I am very healthy and also hoping to gain employment soon with benefits. However, I am due for my annual mammogram and do not have the financial resources to pay for it out of pocket and do not live within the service area of a community clinic to have it performed. Are there any programs available to assist a woman such a myself? Many Thanks, Well Woman of Missouri Dear Well Woman, Thank you so much for taking responsibility and action for prevention over your health. As a woman residing in Missouri you may be eligible for free breast and cervical screenings through the Missouri Show Me Healthy Women Program. If you are age 50-64 without insurance or Medicare Part B and meet the income eligibility the program provides free of charge mammograms and Well Woman exams. There are providers all over the state of Missouri who participate in the Missouri Show Me Healthy Women Program. For further information and to apply, please contact the Health Care Advocate at United Way 2-1-1 by simply dialing 2-1-1, (816) 474-5112 or toll free (866) 320-5764. Sincerely, The Health Care Advocate

It Could Happen To You A few months ago a single mother of three children contacted me. She had recently lost her job, but fortunately was able to locate another full-time job. This new job offered her and her children benefits to include health insurance, but there was a three month probation period before the insurance benefits could go into effect. Since she had income, a home, and assets her children were not eligible for any publically funded insurance program, such as CHIP during that three month waiting period. Her middle daughter, who is 15 years old, had began the HPV booster immunization series. The daughter was due for her final booster before her mother’s health insurance policy would be enacted. The mother was worried that her daughter was not going to be able to get the final vaccine needed to fully protect her daughter against HPV. Thanks to the HPV grant initiative funded through the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City I was able to find a clinic who would provide the final booster for the HPV immunization to this woman’s daughter. All that was needed was documentation showing the previous two boosters and a $10 fee. It is wonderful such services exist to help those who need just a little extra. It just goes to show– it could happen to you!


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Call to Action Be Informed; Know the Issues; Contact Your Legislators Communicating to your legislators about the needs of residents in the Kansas City area is the biggest step you can take in actively supporting changes in public policy.  S.211 and H.R.211– These bills are to support nationwide availability of 2-1-1 telephone service for information and referral on human services and volunteer services and for other needs.  H.R.1256– This bill entitled The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act allows the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the manufacturing, advertising and selling of tobacco products. This includes stopping illegal sale of cigarettes to children, controlling substances placed in tobacco products and require larger warnings on the labels of tobacco products. MISSOURI LEGISLATORS

KANSAS LEGISLATORS

Senator Kit Bond 274 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone (202) 224-5721 Fax: (202) 224-8149 Website: http://bond.senate.gov/public/

Senator Sam Brownback 303 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C 20510 Phone: (202) 224-6521 Fax: (202) 228-1265 Website: http://brownback.senate.gov/public/

Senator Claire McCaskill Hart Senate Office Building, SH-717 Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: (202) 224-6154 Fax: (202) 228-6326 Website: http://mccaskill.senate.gov/public/ Representative Emmanuel Cleaver, II 1027 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: (202) 225-4535 Fax: (202) 225-4403 Website: http://house.gov/cleaver/ Representative Samuel B. Graves 1415 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: (202) 225-7041 Fax: (202) 225-8221 Website: http://house.gov/graves/ Representative Ike Skelton 2206 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Website: http://house.gov/skelton/

Senator Pat Roberts 109 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: (202) 224-4774 Fax: (202) 224-3514 Website: http://roberts.senate.gov/public/ Representative Lynn Jenkins 130 Cannon HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: (202) 225-6601 Fax: (202) 225-7986 Website: http://lynnjenkins.house.gov/ Representative Dennis Moore 1727 Longworth HOB Washington D.C. 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2865 Fax: (202) 225-2807 Website: http://moore.house.gov/


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Upcoming Events March 25, 2010 9:30am - 11:00am Spring Greens Gardening and Nutrition This free event is being held at the Keeler Women's Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The purpose of this event is to educate women over planting healthy options in their gardens to optimize nutrition. For more information call: (913) 906-8990 April 6, 2010 9:00am - 2:00pm Early Detection Works– Breast and Cervical Cancer This event, hosted at the Keeler Women’s Center in Kansas City, Kansas and sponsored by Kelly Nightengale, is for uninsured women of Kansas needing free breast and cervical cancer screenings. For more information call: (913) 906-8990

A special thank you is extended to the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City for providing grant funding for the position of health care advocate.

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2010 Spring Health Navigator  

United Way of Greater Kansas City's health care advocate quarterly newsletter. Part of United Way 2-1-1