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Health Resources2018-10-11T09:59:40+00:00

MESSA WELLNESS

CELEBRATING 34 YEARS OF MESSA WELLNESS

The goal of MESSA’s Worksite Wellness program is to engage employees throughout the school year. Our customized wellness plans will help you change your worksite culture to promote activities to reduce health risks and improve healthy behaviors.

Call us at 800.292.4910 and ask for a Health promotion consultant to set up a worksite wellness workshop for your group.

WELLNESS TOOLKIT

MESSA WELLNESS VIDEOS

Click play to watch all of the MESSA Wellness videos, or click Playlist in the upper left corner to watch individual videos.

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FREE MESSA POSTERS (PRINTABLE PDFs)

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HEALTHY EXPECTATIONS PROGRAM

ENROLL IN HEALTHY EXPECTATIONS

MESSA NURSELINE: 800.414.2014 ( Ask a registered nurse 24/7 )

TAKE THE WORRY OUT OF HEALTH CARE

FREE PREVENTIVE CARE AND IMMUNIZATIONS

MESSA health plans include coverage for In-network preventive care services, adult and child immunizations, cancer screenings, flu shots and more. This coverage helps members stretch their health care dollars and limit their out-of-pocket costs.

The following links guide you to the current preventive care recommendations of the Affordable Care Act through the federal website. For additional information, please contact your doctor or call MESSA Member Services at 800.336.0013

MEDICAL CASE MANAGEMENT (MCM) PROGRAM

MESSA’s Medical Case Management (MCM) program provides members with serious illnesses or injuries with personal support from a registered nurse.

MESSA’s MCM nurses work directly with members and their families to ensure they access the right care at the right time and return to their highest quality of life.

The nurses work with members who have had a variety of catastrophic injuries or illnesses, including head injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, severe burns, multiple fractures, cancer, ALS, multiple sclerosis, stroke, muscular dystrophy and infants with complex medical issues.

Through our MCM program, our nurses can assist you in navigating the health care system, identifying local resources, and serving as your personal advocate during a difficult and often stressful time.

MESSA members can enroll in MCM by calling 800.441.4626. Nurse coordinators are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to answer MCM-related questions.

CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS

Susan Jahn, R.N.

MESSA’s Asthma Case Management Program provides one-on-one help for MESSA members and their dependents who wish to effectively manage their asthma-related health issues.
MESSA’s asthma nurse educator, Susan Jahn, R.N., can help you:
  • Understand asthma and common asthma triggers
  • Learn how to monitor asthma
  • Figure out the right questions to ask at doctor visits
  • Obtain a written asthma plan from your doctor and help implement that plan, which is integral to controlling asthma throughout the year, saving time and money

MESSA’s program emphasizes education as a major component of managing asthma. By enrolling in the program, you receive asthma education materials, which can help you understand the chronic nature of asthma, guidelines for treatment, and information about MESSA’s asthma benefits.

Along the way, Susan will be available to provide information, encouragement and guidance to help you reach your asthma health goals.

To enroll in MESSA’s Asthma Case Management Program, call 800.336.0022 and select prompt 3 to speak with a nurse educator.

Asthma Alert: Stay inside and keep inhaler nearby

11 Short Asthma Videos (AAFA)

Increase my Asthma awareness and understanding

View the collection of 11 short videos from Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading organization for people with asthma and allergies, and the oldest asthma and allergy group in the world.

School and Asthma

School and Sports

Michigan public school children are allowed by law (under certain conditions) to carry and self-administer prescribed asthma medications including inhalers and epi-pens. To read more visit:

Cathy Scott-Lynch, R.N.

Are you at risk of a heart attack or stroke? Are you struggling to control high blood pressure? MESSA’s Cardiovascular Case Management Program can provide you with free personal support from a certified nurse educator.

Our Cardiovascular Case Management Program gives you access to cardiovascular nurse educators who will provide you with important information, encouragement and guidance to help you reach your cardiovascular health goals. Our nurse educators can work with you over the course of several months, enabling you to reduce your cardiovascular-related symptoms and improve your overall health and quality of life.

Our cardiovascular nurse educator will help you:

  • Know and understand key numbers that affect your cardiovascular health
  • Make the changes necessary to living a healthier life
  • Communicate your needs and concerns to your health provider
  • Recognize complications that can occur with your diagnosis

Personal support for you

Our cardiovascular nurse educator, Cathy Scott-Lynch, R.N., will work directly with you to help develop a personal heart health action plan, including strategies you can use to make better lifestyle choices. You’ll learn how to identify and track your key health risk numbers, including blood pressure, blood sugar, and good and bad cholesterol, with an eye toward risk reduction.

In addition to healthy lifestyle measures, some people may need prescription medications to control blood pressure. Cathy can help you partner with your physician to develop an effective blood pressure management strategy.

And if you’ve already suffered a heart attack or stroke, Cathy will show you how to access specific MESSA benefits, such as cardiac rehabilitation, that can dramatically reduce your risk of suffering another attack.

MESSA members and their dependents are eligible to participate in MESSA’s Cardiovascular Case Management Program. To get started, call Cathy at 800.336.0022 and select prompt 3.

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) nutrition plan

What you eat affects your chances of developing high blood pressure (hypertension). Research shows that high blood pressure can be prevented—and lowered—by following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan.

The DASH eating plan is rich in fruits, vegetables, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, and nuts. It also contains less salt and sodium; sweets, added sugars, and sugar-containing beverages; fats; and red meats than the typical American diet. This heart healthy way of eating is also lower in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and rich in nutrients that are associated with lowering blood pressure—mainly potassium, magnesium, and calcium, protein, and fiber.

Source:
Your Guide To Lowering Your Blood Pressure With DASH
(December 2006). National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Retrieved April 2010.

Measuring Your Blood Pressure

Monitoring your blood pressure at home helps your healthcare practitioner determine whether your medication and other treatments are working. Home blood pressure monitoring is not a substitute for regular visits to your health practitioner.

The instructions for using blood pressure monitors vary depending upon the type of blood pressure monitor you choose. Refer to the Instruction manual provided with your monitor for the complete operating instructions.

Here are some general guidelines:

  • Before taking a measurement avoid eating, drinking alcohol, smoking, and exercising.
  • Take your blood pressure while you feel comfortable and relaxed. Sit quietly for at least 5 minutes with both feet on the floor. Try not to move or talk while you are measuring your blood pressure.
  • Sit with your arm slightly bent and resting comfortably on a table so that your upper arm is on the same level as your heart.
  • Place the blood pressure cuff on the skin of your upper arm. You may have to roll up your sleeve, remove your arm from the sleeve, or take your shirt off. The cuff should be wrapped snugly around your arm. However, there should be enough room between the bare skin of your upper arm and the cuff to comfortably insert an index finger.
  • At first it is a good idea to take your blood pressure 3 times in a row, 5 or 10 minutes apart. As you get more comfortable taking your own blood pressure, you will only need to measure it once or twice each time.
Rachelle Twichell, R.N.

MESSA members and their dependents with diabetes can get personal help through MESSA’s Diabetes Case Management Program.

MESSA’s program is based on the latest guidelines from the American Diabetes Association and is appropriate for individuals with any type of diabetes, including Type 1, Type 2 and gestational.

Members who sign up for the free program will be contacted by Rachelle Twichell, R.N., MESSA’s diabetes nurse educator. Rachelle can provide important information, encouragement and guidance to help you reach your diabetes health goals, including:

  • A handbook for partnering with your physician that explains American Diabetes Association guidelines, provides a place to record test results and lists services and supplies covered by MESSA
  • Helpful information to help you better communicate with your health care providers
  • An assortment of materials to help you learn more about diabetes self-management
Millions of children and adults in the United States have diabetes — and many more have prediabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can take a toll on your health, according to the American Diabetes Association, leading to heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, vision loss, nerve damage and more.

Rachelle is here to help you manage your diabetes and reduce the risk of more serious complications.

To learn more about MESSA’s Diabetes Case Management Program, call 800.336.0022 and select prompt 3.