Guide Dogs Are Heroes on Four Paws

Posted on May 5th 2021 by Florida Blue

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For two years, Gabrielle Jordan spent every weekend alone. She stayed home. She ordered food instead of going to the grocery store and she didn’t talk to a lot of people. Years after being diagnosed with a genetic condition called Best’s Vitelliform macular dystrophy, she could no longer see well enough to drive or cross the street by herself. She even felt anxious about walking with a cane around the house, worried she would trip and injure herself. “I was isolating and isolating,” Jordan said...

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Nonprofit Gives Homeless Students a Path to New Life

Posted on May 4th 2021 by Marilyn Young

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Skye stood at a podium, recounting her life before and after she met Vicki Sokolik. The years before were heartbreaking, far beyond what any 17-year-old should have faced. Her mom abandoned her and her brother when Skye was 15. She started working when she turned 16, but never got any of the money because her father took it. He kicked Skye out of the house when she was 17 and she ended up back with her mother. That wasn’t a good situation, either. Skye lived much of her life in squalor, she...

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To Get Child Health Equity, It Takes a Very Large Team

Posted on May 4th 2021 by Carole Hawkins

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Think of a child health problem that looks too big to solve. Dr. Jeff Goldhagen is a person who heads into the middle of it. Teen depression and suicide. Foster kids who need a doctor or dentist. Kids in the juvenile justice system who are dealing with mental health issues and addiction. LGBTQIA+ teens looking for care. They’re all on Dr. Goldhagen’s patient roster. The Florida Blue Foundation honored Dr. Goldhagen with a Sapphire Award and $60,000 in the individual category for his...

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Carole Hawkins spent more than a dozen years as a business, politics and community reporter for newspapers in Jacksonville and beyond. Today she works as an independent writer and shares her talents as a communications specialist for Florida Blue. She lives in Murray Hill with her adoring boyfriend and troublesome kitty cat.

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UF Health Clinic Helps Most Vulnerable, Needy

Posted on May 4th 2021 by Joy Batteh-Freiha

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“When the well-being of a person is taken care of, then the well-being of the community is as well,” said Ann-Marie Knight, one of the collaborators on UF Health’s Total Care Clinic Group. The clinic is a recipient of the Florida Blue Foundation’s Sapphire Awards for Health Equity—one of three focus areas identified by the foundation that impact people’s overall health outcomes and quality of life. It received $60,000. The foundation awarded a total of $500,000 to nine honorees focused on...

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Joy Batteh-Freiha is a Jacksonville native who has worked as a health care communications writer/editor for The Florida Times-Union, as well as state medical and specialty associations for 20-plus years. She’s the proud mother of two grown sons, one of whom is an Eagle Scout.

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Building a Drug-Free Community, One Step at a Time

Posted on May 4th 2021 by Carole Hawkins

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Drug and alcohol addiction rarely happen in a vacuum. The afflicted usually have other challenges. They are teens who lack awareness and education. Mothers who don’t have child care. Trauma survivors without counseling. Unemployed people who have no job training. And the recently incarcerated who lack all of the above and more. DACCO has served people struggling with substance abuse since 1973 by offering customized wraparound services that treat the whole person, not just their addiction. The...

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Carole Hawkins spent more than a dozen years as a business, politics and community reporter for newspapers in Jacksonville and beyond. Today she works as an independent writer and shares her talents as a communications specialist for Florida Blue. She lives in Murray Hill with her adoring boyfriend and troublesome kitty cat.

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UCF Restores Program Helps Trauma Victims Heal

Posted on May 4th 2021 by Joy Batteh-Freiha

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Experiencing a traumatic event can affect how you feel about yourself and how you interact with family and friends. But, according to the American Psychiatric Association, more than half of people who have experienced trauma, don’t seek help because of the fear, stigma and prejudice about being treated differently. That’s one of the reasons for the creation of UCF Restores, a nonprofit research center and treatment clinic that offers intensive and evidence-based therapy through both one-on-one...

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Joy Batteh-Freiha is a Jacksonville native who has worked as a health care communications writer/editor for The Florida Times-Union, as well as state medical and specialty associations for 20-plus years. She’s the proud mother of two grown sons, one of whom is an Eagle Scout.

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Try our classes to help you stay healthy from home

Posted on Apr 30th 2021 by Florida Blue

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The Florida Blue Centers continue to provide virtual support, services and events during the pandemic. Your neighborhood nurses, community specialists and sales and service specialists can answer questions about COVID-19, testing sites, community resources, navigating the health care system, virtual care, checking enrollment eligibility and other issues. Call 877-352-5830 to be routed to your local team. Stay connected with us on Facebook . Check out these events for May. (All times are Eastern...

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Get a printed directory in My Health Link

Posted on Apr 27th 2021 by Florida Blue

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Want to print out your own list of doctors in your plan and area? Or receive a printed Evidence of Coverage or covered prescription drug list (formulary) in the mail? If you’re a Florida Blue Medicare Advantage member, you can get started right in My Health Link™ at floridablue.com/medicare . Here’s how to create your personalized list of doctors: Log in to My Health Link at floridablue.com/medicare. Select Find Care, and choose Create Custom Directory from the dropdown menu. Select your plan...

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Stay Active for Healthy Blood Pressure

Posted on Apr 8th 2021 by Florida Blue

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You already know that properly managing your blood pressure may help lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. Eating a healthy diet and getting enough physical activity play key roles in doing that. That’s why Florida Blue Medicare Advantage plans include SilverSneakers® as your fitness benefit at no additional cost. Florida Blue Medicare Supplement members can add a SilverSneakers membership for an additional monthly premium. Participating in SilverSneakers may help you get the CDC-...

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We Can Help You Stay Healthy and Fit at Home

Posted on Apr 6th 2021 by Florida Blue

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The Florida Blue Centers continue to provide virtual support, services and events to serve our communities during the pandemic. Your neighborhood nurses, community specialists and local sales and service specialists are available to help with questions about COVID-19, testing site locations, community resources, navigating the health care system, finding virtual care options, checking enrollment eligibility and other concerns. Call 877-352-5830 to be routed to your local Florida Blue Center...

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