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Each month, Partners Health Plan advances its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), as well as promote and elevate awareness of issues that impact members, families, and employees in the communities we serve.  Here are the awareness campaigns for September:

 

Health Aging

September is Healthy Aging Month. Join us this month in elevating awareness on the importance of healthy habits for healthy aging such as maintaining a balanced diet and going to regular check-ups and annual physicals. More healthy-aging habits can be found HERE through the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Visit Partners Health Plan’s Member Health Library for helpful health-related resources for members of all ages.

DSP Appreciation

September 12-18 is Direct Support Professionals Appreciation Week. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the heart of the country’s care economy and they work tirelessly and compassionately to help vulnerable individuals live a quality life. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been heroes in keeping our loved ones safe!

You are invited to join Partners Health Plan in celebrating Direct Support Professionals (DSP) by recognizing a DSP during DSP Recognition Week.  Share a short story of how a DSP has impacted or improved your quality of life, or that of a loved one or friend. Your story will be featured in PHP’s DSP Week celebratory events and communications. Share your story HERE!

Suicide Prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and September 10th marks World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), which give an opportunity for people across the globe to elevate awareness on suicide and suicide prevention.Visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for more suicide prevention information and how you can get involved.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24/7 confidential support system for anyone who is in suicidal crisis, emotional distress, or in need of emotional support:1-800-273-TALK (82555).

Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, and is a time to honor and appreciate the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans and to celebrate their rich cultural history.  

On 9.16.20, ABC Eyewitness News highlighted how Hispanic healthcare heroes have been essential to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, the epicenter of the U.S. Watch the video HERE!

Closing of Willowbrook

September 17 marks the 34th anniversary of the closing of Willowbrook State School on Staten Island. The closing in 1987 was a result of years of public advocacy over the neglect and abuse of individuals with developmental disabilities that resided at the school.  These were first exposed in 1972, followed by subsequent lawsuits by the residents and their families.  

The deplorable conditions and treatment of the Willowbrook residents were a catalyst for change that have resulted in new services, rights and protections for individuals with disabilities.  Learn more about the historic closing of Willowbrook and access guidance materials for Willowbrook class members at www.opwdd.ny.gov/willowbrook.

Disability Voter Registration Week

September 13-20 is National Disability Voter Registration Week. Many people with disabilities and older adults experience barriers to exercising their right to vote and casting a ballot. This annual campaign is in place to increase political power and independence among individuals with disabilities by sharing resources and helping individuals register to vote.  

Did you know that only 17.7 million of the over 38 million eligible voters with disabilities participated in the 2020 elections? National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) is a national, nonpartisan campaign to register and educate voters with disabilities . NDVRW is coordinated by the American Association of People with Disabilities’ (AAPD) REV UP Voting Campaign. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!  LEARN MORE from AAPD about their programs, upcoming events, how you can get involved!

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