Member newsletter - June 2023

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June 2023

In this issue:

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Enrollee Advisory Council (EAC) update

The Enrollee Advisory Council (EAC), made up of Hennepin Health members, met on May 18. Members discussed the following topics:

  • Annual member satisfaction survey
  • Rewards program featuring new rewards
  • Member eligibility renewals
  • Get a ride service
  • Upcoming member benefits learning sessions
  • Hennepin Health reinvestment projects

Council members learned about the results from the recent annual member satisfaction survey, CAHPS®. The survey is a random sampling mailed to members with a phone follow-up. The survey asks members to rate their health care, their personal doctor, their specialist and their health plan. There was much discussion on what Hennepin Health can do to improve their experiences.

The new rewards program includes gift cards for colorectal cancer screening, and shot series for early childhood and adolescents.

The EAC gives feedback on overall health care issues, new programs and changes in procedures. Group feedback reflects the priorities and interests of members.

Visit us at summer events

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Summer is here and people are going outside for fun and activities. You can find us at these upcoming events.

  • Juneteenth, June 17 – Join us at the Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day Event at Bethune Park in Minneapolis from noon – 6 p.m. There will be food, entertainment, vendors and family activities. Juneteenth (June 19) is the oldest nationally celebrated remembrance of the ending of slavery in the United States.
  • Twin Cities Pride Festival, June 24 – The annual event at Loring Park features food, music and vendors. Twin Cities Pride Festival – Twin Cities Pride (
  • Somali Independence Day Celebration, July 1 – This year the event, on West Lake Street, has musical performances, food, games, and something for everyone to enjoy. In 1776, the Somali people became the first African nation to formally recognize the independence of the United States of America. In 1960, the U.S. did the same when the new nation of Somalia was born.
  • Oromo community picnic and soccer tournament, July 4 – A celebration to strengthen the community at Riverside Park in Minneapolis. Programs – OCM (
  • Hmong Explore Your Parks Event, July 15, 1-4 p.m. – The event explores opportunities for recreation, walking, biking, and healthy living to encourage the community to get outside and be active at their local parks.
  • Latino Conservation Week Festival, July 22 – A day of music, art and food. A free event at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington. Latino Conservation Week Festival | U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (
  • Fremont Family Fun Fest, August 1 – At Neighborhood HealthSource Fremont Clinic in Minneapolis. Home - Neighborhood HealthSource
  • Brooklyn Center Community Health Fair, August 12, noon – 4 p.m. – Free health and wellness on-site services, entertainment, activities and food. At Centennial Park in Brooklyn Center. 2023 Community Health Fair | Events | Brooklyn Center, MN (
  • Richfield Unity in the Community, August 17, 4-7 p.m. – At Veteran’s Memorial Park in Richfield. Backpacks and school supplies are usually handed out. Hosted by Joint Community Police Partnership and Richfield Police Department. Joint Community Police Partnership | Hennepin County

Other community events you may want to attend:

How diabetes affects your dental health

If your diabetes is not under control, you are more likely to develop problems in your mouth like gum disease. Having gum disease may make your blood sugar harder to control. High blood sugar can make it harder to keep your mouth healthy. Here’s what you need to know about protecting your teeth and gums, and how taking extra-good care of your dental health can boost your overall health too.


Diabetes can take a toll on your oral health

  • You may have less saliva, causing your mouth to feel dry. (Dry mouth is also caused by certain medicines.)
  • Your gums may become inflamed and bleed often. You may notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss. These are possible signs of early gum disease (gingivitis), which can be harmful to your overall health.
  • Diabetes can also make it harder for you to taste your food.
  • Diabetes can increase the chances that small cuts or sores inside your mouth will become infected. Infections in your mouth can take longer to heal.
  • People with diabetes have a higher chance of having periodontal (gum) disease, an infection of the gum and bone that hold the teeth in place. Periodontal disease can lead to pain, constant bad breath, chewing difficulties and even tooth loss.

Keep your teeth and gums healthy

  • Tell your dentist if you have diabetes.
  • Keep regular dental visits to prevent problems. Follow your diabetes care schedule. Ask your dentist how often you should have your teeth checked.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • If your gums are red, swollen or bleed easily, see your dentist. These may be signs of gum disease. Other signs include dry mouth, loose teeth or mouth pain.
  • If you smoke, quit. Smoking increases your risk of gum disease and can worsen your diabetes.

We can help you find a dentist who is accepting new patients and schedule an appointment. Call Delta Dental Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 651-348-3233 (866-298-5549).

Call Member Services at 612-596-1036 (TTY 711) if you need an interpreter or a ride to your dental appointment.

2022 annual report

2022 annual report

We are pleased to share the 2022 Hennepin Health Annual Report. Read about highlights of the great work done by the organization last year.

We continue to work together with members, partners and the community to meet needs, build health equity and erase barriers to health. We continue to make investments that prepare us to expand our work.

Thank you for being a member.

~Anne Kanyusik Yoakum, Chief Executive Officer

Catch up on immunizations

We are part of the Healthy Start Performance Improvement project (PIP), a collaboration of health plans to encourage families to catch up on their immunizations and routine check-ups. This is especially important for infants and children. Check with your child’s provider to find out which immunizations are past due. Vaccines protect babies and kids from serious preventable diseases.

The Healthy Start PIP has a blog with information about important immunizations and a parent-friendly immunization schedule. The information is available online in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish, and through audio clips. Go to the Come back to get caught up blog.

More childhood immunization resources

  • Hennepin County Public Health has a webpage on childhood immunizations information and resources. Go to Childhood immunizations | Hennepin County.
  • We co-sponsor a pediatric mobile clinic van that provides health care to families who are hesitant and/or unable to go to a Hennepin Healthcare clinic. Member who have Hennepin Healthcare as their provider can find out more about the pediatric mobile clinic at Pediatric Mobile Health - Hennepin Healthcare.
  • Members can earn rewards for Child & Teen Checkup visits and early childhood and adolescent immunizations. To see all of the healthy actions you can take to earn a gift card, visit the Rewards program webpage at org/members/rewards-programs.
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Learn more with Healthwise® Knowledgebase



The Hennepin Health Healthwise Knowledgebase online health tool has lots of information to help you learn about health conditions and how to treat them. Topics that may interest you this summer include:

  • Heat exhaustion – When temperatures heat up, it can take a toll on your body. Learn about the signs and symptoms for heatstroke, heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion and dehydration.
  • Sunburn – Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Learn about sun protection and treatments for sunburn.
  • Water safety – On a hot day, getting into a pool or lake feels refreshing. Learn about water safety, teaching safe swimming and preventing drowning.

Learn more in English or Spanish at

June is National Men’s Health Month

National Men’s Health Month is about encouraging the men in your life to take care of themselves. Encourage them to make healthy lifestyle choices by eating right and exercising. Encourage them to make regular annual visits to the doctor for early detection and treatment of diseases including cancer, heart disease and depression.

For more information, go to

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June is National Safety Month

The National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month. This annual observance aims to help keep each other safe, in the workplace or any place. You can make a difference at home, work or in your community.

Preventable injuries, commonly known as “accidents,” are the fourth leading 

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cause of U.S. deaths. The National Safety Council has tools, resources and safety courses to help you prevent injuries or death.

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Kids get arthritis. In the U.S., 300,000 children have arthritis. 

Juvenile arthritis is different from a grandparent’s aches and pain. Children suffer from an autoimmune form of arthritis that attacks their joints. Because a child’s immune system is not fully developed until around age 18, this type of arthritis is especially aggressive in children.

Symptoms include swollen joints, stiffness and fever. These are symptoms that parents may think is the flu or a rash. If it is not treated, it can result in mobility loss, blindness and even death.

You can find more information and resources at Juvenile Arthritis Association.

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