UPMC Health Plan
In Your Community
e-Newsletter

UPMC Health Plan In Your Community is a quarterly e-newsletter for UPMC Health Plan members that highlights special events and programs our organization supports in the communities we serve. Look for information about our community partners, opportunities to participate in UPMC Health Plan-sponsored programs, exclusive member discounts, and more. This e-newsletter is part of UPMC MyHealth Community, an initiative of UPMC Health Plan that supports public programs in helping families and communities achieve a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle. #UPMCMyHealthCommunity




Winter 2018 e-Newsletter

It’s back! FREE GOOD FRIDAYS at The Warhol, presented by UPMC Health Plan

Free Good Fridays at The Warhol Warhol lobby

Photo credit: Abby Warhola

Kick the winter blues with free public admission* to The Andy Warhol Museum from 5 to 10 p.m., every Friday in January and on Friday, February 2. While there you can mingle with friends, take in the funky artwork of Andy Warhol and other artists, groove to hip vibes from a DJ, and sip tempting libations at the bar. And if you’re one of many people who would love to take a photo of Warhol’s collection of iconic Campbell’s Soup artwork (or other pieces) and share with your friends — you’re in luck! Photography is now permitted in the galleries.

Enter UPMC Health Plan’s FREE GOOD FRIDAYS at The Warhol Social Media Sweepstakes for a chance to win a year-long membership to the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, a Warhol prize pack, and UPMC Health Plan swag! An active Twitter and/or Instagram account are required to enter. Sweepstakes opens on January 26 at 5 p.m. and ends on February 2 at 11:59 p.m. For details, visit www.upmcmyhealthmatters.com/event-warhol-free-fridays.

*UPMC Health Plan members may be asked to sign in upon admission for attendance tracking. Free admission does not include paid programs, seminars, and special events that may occur at The Andy Warhol Museum on these dates. Admission is subject to venue capacity.

Galentine’s Day Yoga at the Senator John Heinz History Center

Galentines yoga

Ladies, “Galentine’s Day” was made for you! Come to the Senator John Heinz History Center on Tuesday, February 13 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for an evening of relaxation, mindfulness, and spiritual calm. During this UPMC Health Plan-sponsored event, a certified vinyasa yoga instructor will guide you through 60 minutes of all-levels flow, with a special emphasis on heart-opening poses. Please bring your own yoga mat, a towel, and a water bottle. Cost of admission is $25 and includes warm chocolate chip cookies, after-hours access to the brand new American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibition, and more! This event sold out in 2017 with more than 200 women in attendance, so register today!

Visit the partner highlights section of UPMC Health Plan’s community engagement website to learn about the other exhibits and programs we support at the History Center.

Upcoming UPMC Health Plan Connect Service and Sales Center events

Heading to your local mall this winter? Stop by one of our Connect Service and Sales Centers to participate in these fun health-inspired events. Be sure to check our events page often for the latest updates about these events and others.

Show Your Heart Some Love

Date: Saturday, February 10
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (stop by anytime)
Where: UPMC Health Plan Connect Service and Sales Centers at Monroeville Mall, Ross Park Mall, and South Hills Village

Stop by for a FREE heart health check-up. UPMC Health Plan health coaches will be on hand to talk one-on-one and provide helpful heart-healthy advice to lower your heart disease risk, better manage heart conditions, decrease stress, eat healthier, and get more active. Enjoy free giveaways, tips, tools, and more. Blood pressure screenings will be offered at all locations, and the Monroeville Mall location will also offer cholesterol screening.

Brush Up on Your Child’s Smile

Date: Saturday, February 17
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (stop by anytime)
Where: UPMC Health Plan Connect Service and Sales Centers at Monroeville Mall, Ross Park Mall, and South Hills Village

Join us at a participating UPMC Health Plan Connect Service and Sales Center near you to talk one-on-one with a UPMC Health Plan health coach and celebrate Pediatric Dental Awareness Month. Enjoy FREE giveaways, tips, tools, face painting, and balloon art!

Cancel Out Cancer

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (stop by anytime)
Where: UPMC Health Plan Connect Service and Sales Centers at Monroeville Mall, Ross Park Mall, and South Hills Village

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among women and men in the United States, but some simple lifestyle changes can significantly lower your risk. Join us at participating UPMC Health Plan Connect Service and Sales Center near you to speak to a UPMC Health Plan health coach about how to lower your colorectal cancer risk. Enjoy FREE giveaways, tips, tools, and more!

We’re Karing for Kids

The Holiday Project of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services provides gifts for children in need during the holiday season. UPMC Health Plan’s Karing for Kids campaign collects gifts for the Allegheny Health Department, the Best of the Batch Foundation, and Brashear Association. In December 2017, 148 children received gifts generously donated by UPMC Insurance Services Division employees, with a total value of more than $3,700.

Community Spotlight: Best of the Batch Foundation

Free Good Fridays at The Warhol The volunteers get to work

(L): UPMC Insurance Services Division employees pose with Charlie Batch at the Batch-A-Toys wrapping party in December 2017.

(R): Tis the season for giving – and for wrapping gifts! UPMC Insurance Services Division employees give their time and talent to Best of the Batch Foundation during the holiday season.

If you live in southwestern Pennsylvania, you’ve probably heard of Charlie Batch even if you’re not a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. The former Steelers quarterback was a star on the field, and he still has close ties with the team as KDKA-TV’s pre-game analyst and commentator for preseason games. (And if for some reason you still can’t place him, you may have seen him a few years ago on UPMC Health Plan’s television commercials, when he served as spokesman for UPMC Health Plan’s Marketplace plans.) But Charlie is building an even bigger legacy off the field with his Best of the Batch Foundation and ongoing work as a community leader.

Based in Homestead, Pa. (a suburb of Pittsburgh and Charlie’s hometown), Best of the Batch Foundation serves hundreds of local children with the goal of helping them and their families create a better future. The organization operates on the principles of education, choice, and motivation to facilitate core programs that give kids a safe, nurturing place to do homework, develop life skills and leadership skills, and yes — even play recreational sports.

UPMC Health Plan is pleased to support several Best of the Batch programs, including:

  • Batch-A-Toys – An annual holiday toy drive that collects new, unwrapped toys for local kids in need. Our office building in downtown Pittsburgh serves as a central location for toy drop-off. In 2017, 5,000 toys were collected! On December 17, 2017, about 80 employees from UPMC joined volunteers from other organizations to help Best of the Batch wrap these gifts.
  • Batchpacks for Kids – A back-to-school initiative that fills backpacks with school supplies and distributes them to hundreds of local children.
  • Project C.H.U.C.K. – An intramural basketball league for boys and girls serves as a lesson in teamwork and sportsmanship.
  • In the Pocket – An annual event gathering celebrity sports figures to play rounds of pool, ping pong, and poker to raise money for Best of the Batch.

Plus, Best of the Batch is expanding! A new, 15,000 square foot Clubhouse will serve as a community center and allow even more families to take advantage of key educational resources. The new facility will have K-12 classrooms, plus a STEAM lab, café, dance studio, and a full-sized gym with a walk-around track. Services will include alternative education programs that occur during school hours, and after-school continuing education programs. Elements of the construction of this building are being supported by UPMC Health Plan through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program.

We are proud to be part of Charlie’s team!

Ideas shared from around the “World” (Café, that is) at Let’s Move Pittsburgh Symposium

Roundtable discussions Dr. Parkinson speaks

(L): Attendees participated in roundtable discussions to establish relationships and further refine the focus of Let’s Move Pittsburgh for the next two years.

(R): Dr. Michael Parkinson, Senior Medical Director, Health and Productivity, UPMC Health Plan, opened the symposium with an overview about the state of childhood health in the United States.

Let’s Move Pittsburgh’s fourth symposium was held on November 16, 2017. This bi-annual gathering of more than 100 educators, health care professionals, parents, and leaders from community organizations is one way that Let’s Move Pittsburgh delivers consistent messaging about healthy behaviors to stakeholders. The symposium also aims to gather valuable feedback from participants, which is folded into Let’s Move Pittsburgh’s strategy over the next two years.

This time, the symposium followed a World Café format, which relies on the power of dialogue in small groups to create energy around a topic, cultivate ideas, and discover best practices. After several rounds of discussion, participants “harvested” the most compelling themes gleaned from their conversations. Let’s Move Pittsburgh is now developing a report with the results of the symposium, which will be shared publicly.

Click here to learn more about the symposium and UPMC Health Plan’s involvement with Let’s Move Pittsburgh.

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Fall 2017

Enjoy Free Sundays at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

Free Sundays and Flu Shots

UPMC Health Plan is pleased to support free public admission* to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 17. Come see all the exhibits these museums offer, including dinosaur skeletons and famous artwork from international and local artists. While you’re there, you can get a free flu shot** to protect yourself against the virus this season. Flu shots will be offered to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take advantage of this quick and convenient way to prevent the flu.

The museums are located at 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Parking is available for a fee at the garage adjacent to the museums.

*UPMC Health Plan members may be asked to sign in upon admission for attendance tracking. Free admission does not include paid programs, seminars, and special events that may occur at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History on these dates.

**Flu shot availability is limited; first come, first served. Must be 18 years or older. UPMC Health Plan membership is not required to receive a flu shot, but UPMC Health Plan members should bring their ID card.

Family Volunteer Days with Global Links

Global Links has always valued children as capable members of society and welcomed them as volunteers. UPMC Health Plan and UPMC support Family Volunteer Days at Global Links, an event where families with children of all ages can work together in a supportive and educational environment. We invite you and your family to experience this for yourselves by participating in an upcoming Family Volunteer Day. When you do something to contribute to society beyond yourself, you feel good. And you want to do more … and that is good for everyone.

Click here to learn more and to register.

UPMC Health Plan members get a discount to the Pittsburgh Pet Expo

UPMC Health Plan members receive $2 off admission on up to four tickets* to the Pittsburgh Pet Expo on Sunday, November 5. (The Expo runs from November 3 to 5, 2017.) Head over to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to see the latest and greatest in healthy pet food, toys, carriers, clothing, accessories, and more. Plus, enjoy the National Daschund Race, a sting-ray encounter, a grooming competition, and a cat show. Be sure to pick up a UPMC Health Plan reflective pet collar tag and hand sanitizer, too!

Click here for more information and to view regulations on bringing your pet to the Expo.

*To be eligible for the discount, UPMC Health Plan members must show their health insurance member ID card upon admission to the Pittsburgh Pet Expo.

For 11 days only: Get a 25% discount to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts

This holiday season, get in the spirit by attending one of these Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) concerts — and take advantage of a special discount, just for being a UPMC Health Plan member!

Light Up Night mini-concerts

Friday, November 17, at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.

UPMC Health Plan is pleased to be presenting sponsor of these mini concerts, which are free and open to the public in celebration of Light Up Night in downtown Pittsburgh. Each mini-concert will be held at Heinz Hall and will feature a different selection of holiday-themed music – but all will end with Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. Come for one, or stay for all three!

Free children’s admission to Thanksgiving concerts

Friday, November 24, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 26, at 2:30 p.m.

Each year during Thanksgiving weekend, PSO Music Director, Manfred Honeck, leads a program of light-Viennese favorites such as waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss. This year, joining the PSO on stage as a soloist will be 16-year-old Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut. UPMC Health Plan is pleased to support free children’s admission to this year’s Thanksgiving concerts. For each adult admission ticket purchased, you can receive up to 2 free admission tickets for children ages 6 to 18. This offer is open to the public.

25% off PSO tickets through rest of 2017-18 concert season

For 11 days only, UPMC Health Plan members will receive an exclusive discount on the purchase of PSO tickets, good for most concerts through the rest of the 2017-18 season. Purchases must be made between Monday, November 20, and Thursday, November 30. UPMC Health Plan membership required.

Follow these instructions to redeem the discount:

  1. Visit www.pittsburghsymphony.com.
  2. Click "Promo Code" in the top right-hand corner.
  3. Enter PSOUPMC25 into the box and click "Apply" to proceed with purchasing your tickets.

Note: Discount will only be applied once your seat is selected and placed into your cart.

Building a model of community collaboration at the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership Summit

 

Hundreds of representatives from more than 450 nonprofit organizations, foundations, government, and business sectors in the 12-county southwestern Pennsylvania region gathered at the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership’s (GPNP) 2017 Summit on October 4-5, 2017. The Summit gave these organizations the opportunity to learn best practices in philanthropic and nonprofit management, and connect more strongly with each other to make the greatest impact in our region. UPMC Health Plan’s president and CEO, Diane Holder, co-chaired the event and delivered a keynote address.

Focused on health and economic and educational equity, the Summit asked thought-provoking questions of attendees: How can our region ensure every resident lives a healthy, productive life? How can we bring family-sustaining jobs to urban, suburban and rural locales? How can we provide every learner with the knowledge, skills, and creativity needed to thrive in a changing world?

Diane Holder highlighted the significant role that nonprofits play in addressing these issues. She noted that only 10 percent of a person’s total health and well-being is a result of their health care. The other 90 percent is a result of socioeconomic factors such as housing, transportation, job availability, air quality, built environment, and access to healthy food. “Nonprofit organizations are central to paving the way to better health outcomes in our urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods,” she said. “Their creation of powerful strategic partnerships in the private and public sector positively impacts community health exponentially.”

Community Spotlight: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Hunger in southwestern Pennsylvania looks like a dad skipping breakfast and lunch so his children can eat three meals a day — or like Bobbie, who has medical issues and at times struggles to feed her family. Hunger in southwestern Pennsylvania is not always visible. But it almost always means that people are making trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods. Those tradeoffs lead to poor health outcomes – including undernourishment, obesity, diabetes, and stress.

Bobbie is one of the thousands in southwestern Pennsylvania who need help every month to feed their families. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has been helping individuals and families like Bonnie’s since 1980.

Bobbie has lived with her two daughters for many years. Although she used to work long hours as a factory manager to provide for her family, she now lives on a small disability income. Bobbie suffers from seizures and other health issues that have left her unable to work or drive. She is very budget-conscious and uses her disability check to pay her bills and stretches the food stamps she gets as far as she can. Unfortunately, the price of fruits and vegetables varies widely and are difficult to afford. What you buy one month, you can’t always afford to buy the next.

Bobbie’s friend and neighbor brought her to a Food Bank Produce to People distribution where they received fresh produce and other foods to help her and her girls get through the month. Despite her quiet demeanor, Bobbie wanted to say thank you to those who support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. “Thank you. The food is a big support to people, and we appreciate it,” she said.

UPMC Health Plan is a longtime supporter of the Food Bank and its tireless effort to address food insecurity in our region. The Food Bank serves 110,000 people each month and distributes nearly 33 million meals annually. It is often the first place that people turn when financial hardship results in not having enough food for their family.

More than half of the people who are food-insecure in our region are senior citizens and children. In many cases, families who are food-insecure rely on high-calorie, processed food because it is cheaper and has a longer shelf-life than fresh produce and other healthy options. However, eating a diet comprised mostly of processed foods can lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity (including childhood obesity), and diabetes. There is also a link between hunger and school performance: children facing hunger often have poorer test scores and a higher rate of illness and absenteeism. These are socio-economic factors that negatively influence the overall health and well-being of future generations. The Food Bank counters these issues by providing fresh, nutritious foods to families so that they can have better health outcomes and have a better chance of succeeding in other areas of life.

The Food Bank relies on support from UPMC Health Plan and other businesses and individuals to carry out its mission every day. UPMC Health Plan’s annual funding assists with general operation of the Food Bank in its procurement and distribution of food items, and specific Food Bank programs such as Green Grocer, Produce to People, Community Table, and the Food Security Partnership.

Employees of the UPMC Insurance Services Division host an annual food drive through the Boy Scouts of America’s Scouting for Food campaign, which supports 29 food-distribution organizations in the region. Through Scouting for Food in 2017, our employees generously donated 1 million units of food to the Food Bank alone. UPMC Health Plan also partnered with the Food Bank to create the Recipe Rainbow mobile app (you can download it on Google Play or iTunes). Aimed at reducing food waste and educating people on how to cook, Recipe Rainbow takes whatever you have in your fridge or pantry and provides recipe options for those foods.

The Food Bank wants to make southwestern Pennsylvania 100 percent hunger-free by 2025. While this is a lofty goal, at UPMC Health Plan we believe that with the right level support and partnership, it can become a reality.

With Thanksgiving coming up soon, there is no better time to help food-insecure families. Please consider donating to, or volunteering at, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank this season. Assistance is always needed to pack boxes of food for senior citizens and partner food-distribution organizations, serve as help for Produce to People, and more. You could also hold a food drive in your community that benefits the Food Bank.

To learn how you can help, visit pittsburghfoodbank.org.

UPMC Health Plan Connect Service and Sales Center Event: Let’s deal with diabetes!

On Saturday, November 11, visit one of the UPMC Health Plan Connect Service and Sales Center locations listed below anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to receive the latest for preventing and managing diabetes. What you learn could help you live a healthier life with diabetes — or lower your risk of getting it. You can also get a free glucose screening!

Speak to a knowledgeable UPMC Health Plan health coach about:

  • Which risk factors you can control.
  • Steps to take if you’re diagnosed with prediabetes.
  • The difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Healthy habits that can help control your blood sugar.
  • Simple ways to lower your risk of getting diabetes.

Visit us at any of these participating locations:

  • Monroeville Mall (second floor near JCPenney)
  • Ross Park Mall (first floor near Starbucks) – This location will offer blood pressure screenings only.
  • South Hills Village (first floor near Target) – This location will offer blood pressure screenings only.
  • The Mall at Robinson (first floor near Macy’s)

Diane Holder honored with Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania award

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf recognized Diane Holder, executive vice president of UPMC, president of UPMC Insurance Services Division, and president and CEO of UPMC Health Plan, as a Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania award recipient on October 4, 2017. According to the award nomination submitted by the Senator John Heinz History Center, Ms. Holder was recognized for her commitment to community health and public service across a wide variety of non-profit and charitable organizations.

Summer 2017

UPMC Insurance Services Division employees donate more than 1 million units of food to 29 organizations

Employees of the UPMC Insurance Services Division — including UPMC Health Plan, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, and Askesis Development Group Inc. — raised a total of $106,614.50 for the 2017 Scouting for Food/Chow Wagon campaign, an annual fundraiser spearheaded by Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council to help low-income, food-insecure people and pets. The money is distributed to 29 organizations across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania such as the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Animal Friends, Salvation Army, and others, all of which purchase food to help those in need. The money raised this year by UPMC Insurance Services division employees equates to an astounding 1,051,145 units of food!

What does a runner look like? We learned at the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon.

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On Sunday, May 7, UPMC Health Plan celebrated its eighth anniversary as the title sponsor of the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon. Nearly 40,000 participants enjoyed Marathon-themed festivities that took place throughout the entire weekend. Special events included the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine 5K, the Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids’ Marathon, the FedEx Ground Relay, the UPMC Health Plan Half Marathon, and the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Plus, UPMC Health Plan’s booth at the GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center included wellness screenings by UPMC Health Plan’s expert health coaches and on-site T-shirt screen printing from Commonwealth Press.

Spectators were also able to get in on the action by participating in UPMC Health Plan’s Steel City Spirit Challenge. This contest allowed those who attended the Marathon but didn’t run to support runners while representing their neighborhood using special hashtags on Twitter throughout the race — the neighborhood with the most tweets would be declared the winner. We congratulate the North Side for having the most spirit (aka the most tweets)! The neighborhood was rewarded with a celebration on June 17, complete with a free yoga class at Nova Place’s new plaza, a DJ, and smoothies, courtesy of Fitt Co.

In the weeks leading up to the Half Marathon, UPMC Health Plan’s “What a runner looks like” social media campaign showcased real people who represent the Marathon’s ever-growing and diverse community. Pittsburghers who hail from all walks of life, families, and backgrounds shared what makes running special to them, whether this was their first race or a lifelong passion, and motivational advice for others who may want to participate in the Marathon in the future.

UPMC Health Plan’s CFO is a natural community leader

An article written by Next Pittsburgh in late May 2017 summed up the community leadership efforts of UPMC Health Plan’s Chief Financial Officer, Scott Lammie. As a native Pittsburgher and a strong believer in community development and philanthropy, Scott always seems to find time during his busy workday to help nonprofit organizations and other community leaders create healthy neighborhoods, workplaces, and educational environments for families — and even a healthy bottom line.

Scott and his wife, Sue, frequently chair successful fundraising events for local nonprofit organizations like Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Children’s Hospital Foundation, and others. He also is an active member of the board of directors for organizations like Manchester Bidwell Corporation, Hill House Association, Urban Innovation 21, and Duquesne University. His financial expertise and vision are welcome attributes for many smaller nonprofit organizations, who rely on him to guide them in sound financial decision making.

Click here to read the Next Pittsburgh article.

Community Spotlight: Hilltop Alliance

(L): Next 3 Days is a block party-style event in Allentown that features live performances by local musicians and a festival on Grandview Avenue. In June 2016, this event drew more than 300 attendees from the Hilltop and surrounding neighborhoods. Photo taken by Hilltop Alliance staff.

(R): Open in Allentown is a happy hour that is hosted in vacant spaces throughout the Hilltop community. It showcases the space to residents and proprietors, and highlights the community as a viable place to live and work. Photo taken by Zosxavius Photography.

The “hilltop” neighborhoods of Pittsburgh — those located immediately south of downtown including Allentown, Beltzhoover, Bon Air, Carrick, Mt. Oliver, and South Side Slopes — are served by the Hilltop Alliance. This organization improves the quality of life for residents of these areas by focusing on residential and business development and partnering with other organizations to create opportunities for family growth and stability in the region.

UPMC Health Plan has funded a Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP) in Allentown since 2014, with a commitment of funding every year through 2020. This program is overseen by the Hilltop Alliance, and its effects extend beyond the Allentown neighborhood and into the greater Hilltop community.

“The Allentown NPP, and the support from UPMC Health Plan and others, has meant everything … everything to the growth and sustainability of the Hilltop Alliance as an organization, and everything to the continuing reinvestment in Allentown,” said Aaron Sukenik, Executive Director, Hilltop Alliance.

Because of the Allentown NPP, 66 residential properties have been renovated and residential property vacancy has decreased from 20 to 15 percent. Through direct grants, loans, and technical assistance, Hilltop Alliance has leveraged more than $5 million in private investment to renovate 18 commercial properties. Commercial property vacancy has decreased from 40 to 17 percent. To increase foot traffic to these businesses, Hilltop Alliance hosts special events throughout the year that bring existing residents and new visitors to the business district. One example is the annual Taste of Allentown event. Held this year on May 20, the event sold out one week in advance and brought 100 people to the district to taste food specialties from six restaurants on East Warrington Avenue.

To address food insecurity in Allentown and surrounding communities, the Fresh Fridays program distributes about 80,000 pounds of produce to residents each year, thereby ensuring that families have enough to eat over the weekend. Brashear Association’s Allentown Learning and Engagement Center (ALEC) is a central hub for families who desire educational after-school programming with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) curricula. Check out some videos the ALEC kids made using iPad minis donated by UPMC Health Plan!

Hilltop Alliance’s 2016 Community Impact Report explains in greater detail what the Allentown NPP has done for the communities it serves. UPMC Health Plan is proud to support the Hilltop Alliance to help the Allentown and hilltop neighborhoods thrive!

Healthy Family Day: Celebrate your family and community!

UPMC Health Plan believes that healthy families are an important part of strong communities. Please join us at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on Saturday, July 29, for a fun day with a multigenerational twist, and celebrate the things that make your family and community unique! UPMC Health Plan members will receive 50 percent off admission* to this event, up to four tickets per ID card.

See Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit, Hands-On Harley-Davidson™, featuring a kid-sized motorcycle dealership and engineering lab. Plus, enjoy a community lemonade stand, a family dance party, KidsKardio activities, and more!

Click here to learn more about this event.

*Regular admission fees apply. Must show UPMC Health Plan member ID card to be eligible for the discount. Ticket availability is subject to venue capacity.

Head back 2 school in GR8 health

What are two of the most important back-to-school items for your child? How about a healthy mind and body? To help make that happen, let’s talk about gearing up your child for another school year.

Join us on Saturday, August 12, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at our UPMC Health Plan Connect Service and Sales Centers in Monroeville Mall (second floor near JCPenney) for information about:

  • General health and wellness visits.
  • Immunizations, the why and when.
  • Maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
  • Staying active and fit with sports and safe play.
  • Eating well on the go.

While there, enjoy free giveaways, face painting, balloon art, refreshments, and activities! Plus, enter to win* one of five $100 gift certificates to Macy’s and a $50 gift certificates to Target — just in time for back-to-school shopping!

*Official sweepstakes rules and regulations available at www.upmchealthplan.com/pdf/2017-back2school.pdf.

Celebrating “Pride” for all in Pittsburgh

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On Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, UPMC Health Plan participated in the Pittsburgh Pride Festival and Equality March, hosted by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh. As the second largest charitable sponsor of the weekend, UPMC had a huge presence at both the festival and march. UPMC Health Plan was one of several UPMC departments and business units represented at the Pride festival, including The UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion, Talent Acquisition, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic of UPMC, UPMC Center for Care of Infectious Diseases – Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment, Disabilities Resource Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute. More than 90 UPMC employees and their family members marched in the Pride parade to show support for the LGBTQ community.

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April 30th was SUPER (and NATURAL) for UPMC Health Plan members

On Sunday, April 30, more than 650 UPMC Health Plan members took advantage of a beautiful spring day and exclusive discounted admission to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to get a sneak peek at its newest exhibit: SUPER. NATURAL., featuring the amazing glass sculptures of Jason Gamrath. Beautiful blown-glass flowers towered above the guests as they strolled through Phipps’ winding paths and enjoyed carnival-inspired games, UPMC Health Plan’s health coach table, and UPMC for Kids’ prize wheel with plenty of giveaways, a yoga class on Phipps’ front lawn, photos with Let’s Move Pittsburgh’s 5-2-1-0 characters, tours of Phipps’s sustainable SEED Classroom, special activities led by Phipps staff, and a kid-friendly cooking demonstration by WQED’s Chris Fennimore and Phipps’ Chef Amy Reed!

Do you use UPMC MyHealth Rewards?

The UPMC MyHealth Rewards program offers you discounts and special perks just for being a UPMC Health Plan member. You can save on everything from entertainment to fitness! Here are a few rewards we’d like to highlight:

  • Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh – UPMC Health Plan members get $3.00 off regular-priced admission up to four tickets.
  • Senator John Heinz History Center – UPMC Health Plan members get 20% off the purchase of a History Center membership and $3.00 off regular-priced admission up to four tickets.

To be eligible for these discounts, show your UPMC Health Plan member ID card at the museums’ admissions desks at the time of purchase.

Community Spotlight:
McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation

Before-and-after photos of the façade renovation of the Teamsters Local 636 Union in downtown McKees Rocks.

McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation (MRCDC) was formed in 2003 to address the issue of property blight in the community. With support from UPMC Health Plan and other organizations through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program, MRCDC has been able to cultivate its vision of having a complete community where all residents can thrive.

UPMC Health Plan’s 12-year funding commitment to MRCDC has led to various revitalization efforts that turned downtown McKees Rocks into a vibrant arts and cultural center and developed several mixed-use spaces. MRCDC facilitated the reconstruction of a 130-acre brownfield that is fully committed for private development and anchored by a CSX Intermodal facility. Programs such as “Ready to Work Sto-Rox” enable McKees Rocks residents to overcome barriers to employment and provide dialogue between employers and hopeful applicants. UPMC Health Plan also provides thought leadership for MRCDC’s Nutrition Committee, and recently introduced the Sto-Rox School District to Let’s Move Pittsburgh — these organizations are now exploring how to utilize Let’s Move Pittsburgh’s 5-2-1-0 initiative within the schools.

Healthy Family Day is on its way!

Save the date of Saturday, July 29, for Healthy Family Day at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. UPMC Health Plan members will receive 50% off admission for up to four tickets per member ID card. Plus, your family can participate in tons of fun activities throughout the day! Watch your email inbox and visit UPMC Health Plan’s events webpage for more details to be announced soon.

Attention ladies: Take a little time for you

Ladies, we get it: you’re busy! Finding time to put YOU first may be easier said than done. So we’re making it easy at our UPMC Health Plan Connect Service and Sales Center in Monroeville Mall during our Women’s Health and Wellness Month event on Saturday, May 20, from noon to 5 p.m. Let’s talk about YOU and your journey to wellness!

While there, you can enjoy:

  • Talking one-on-one with a health coach.
  • A FREE blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol screening.
  • Light refreshments and more!

Ten fabulous people will win an awesome prize pack* containing $50 gift certificates to Massage Envy and Macy’s, as well as a $50 MasterCard gift card and other fun items. There will also be giveaways and activities for the kiddos, including face painting and balloon art!

*Official sweepstakes rules and regulations available at www.upmchealthplan.com/pdf/2017womens-health.pdf

Also, save the date for our Men’s Health and Wellness event on Saturday, June 17 – happening from noon to 5 p.m. at the UPMC Health Plan Connect Service and Sales Center at Monroeville Mall.

A great day for a walk with the March of Dimes

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UPMC Health Plan’s 2017 March of Dimes walking team took to the streets on Sunday, April 30, for a noble cause: to raise awareness of premature birth (the No. 1 killer of babies in the United States), and to raise money for scientific research that saves the lives of countless premature babies each year. The annual March of Dimes Walk for Babies in Pittsburgh sees hundreds of walkers from across the region who want to support this effort. 210 UPMC Health Plan employees participated in on the walking team this year, and many more donated over $20,000 to the March of Dimes through UPMC Health Plan’s annual fundraising campaign. Tom McGough, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, UPMC, will be the 2018 March of Dimes Walk for Babies chairperson. We are proud to help the March of Dimes give premature babies a fighting chance for survival!

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