Winning Health | Gold Coast Health Plan | Issue 1 | Summer 2020

WINNING HEALTH 2 2020 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Member Services Luis Aguilar Health Education Lupe González, PhD, MPH Editor-in-Chief Susana Enriquez-Euyoque Chief Medical Officer Nancy R. Wharfield, MD Copy Editor Calley Cederlof WINNING HEALTH is published as a community service for the friends and patrons of GOLD COAST HEALTH PLAN, 711 E. Daily Drive, Suite #106, Camarillo, CA 93010-6082, telephone 1-888-301-1228/TTY 1-888-310-7347. Information in WINNING HEALTH comes from a wide range of medical experts. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your health care provider. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. WINNING People living with one or more chronic health issues may feel higher levels of stress during uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic has made many people feel stressed, anxious, depressed, alone or afraid to visit their doctor due to fear of being exposed to the virus. Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) encourages you to stay in touch with your doctor. If you need an appointment, you may be able to schedule one by phone or video. It is important that you get care if you have a chronic condition, like asthma, diabetes or heart disease. Make sure to keep taking your medication(s) as prescribed. If you are pregnant, it is important Member rewards Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) members can get rewarded for completing preventive care exams! ANNUAL WELL-CARE VISIT Members 3 to 21 years of age who have a well-care visit in 2020 can get a $15 gift card. CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING (PAP TEST) Female members 21 to 64 years of age who have a cervical cancer screening (Pap test) in 2020 can get a $25 gift card. View the forms at . Under “Members,” click “Resources,” then “Member Rewards.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a delay in processing reward forms. For those that qualify, gift cards will arrive in the mail past four to six weeks. Managing your health during the COVID-19 pandemic that you keep up with your prenatal care. This means: ● Exercising often. ● Eating healthy foods. ● Drinking plenty of water. ● Seeing your doctor regularly. Use this time to share your concerns. Ask your doctor if you should take extra precautions during the pandemic. Be sure to follow Ventura County’s orders on staying at home and wearing a mask when out in public. For educational materials and support, call GCHP’s Health Education Department at 1-805-437-5718 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you use a TTY, call 1-888-310-7347 . You can’t read or listen to the news without hearing the term “social distancing.” For months, social distancing has been an important tool in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. By limiting how we interact with other people, we have lowered the chances of sharing the virus. For many people, social distancing has felt stressful or lonely. To help you cope: Coping with social distance ● Stay connected with family and friends. You can do that via phone, email, video chat, texting or on social media. ● Try taking deep breaths; stretching; or doing things you enjoy, like hobbies or reading. ● Talk about your feelings with loved ones and friends. ● Do your best to stay positive. One way is to keep a journal to write down things you are grateful for or things that are going well. If you are feeling anxious or depressed and want to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional, you can call Gold Coast Health Plan’s partner, Beacon Health Options, at 1-855-765-9702 . If you use a TTY, call 1-800-735-2929 . They are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration