EmblemHealth: More Than An Insurance Provider

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA
Staff Writer

As part of its mission to provide health services to communities in need, EmblemHealth, the largest New
York-based health insurer, has been offering locals a variety of health workshops at their health
guidance center in Cambria Heights.

“We say we’re bringing care back to healthcare,” said Dan Shur, director of strategic planning and
administration at EmblemHealth. “In care, we’ve actually brought in the whole technician of it – it’s not
just about the provisioning of healthcare but its concerns, considerations, respect. It’s about being
very effective and taking care of people’s needs.”

From low-impact Zumba to yoga, to workshops about managing your blood pressure and managing diabetes,
EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care is committed in its goal to be more than just an insurance provider.

“We are very, very proud of what we are doing in Neighborhood Care because what we’re doing is taking
away the obstacles that keep our community from taking care of their health,” Patricia McDonald,
community liaison for Neighborhood Care said in an earlier interview with the Tribune. “We’re providing
community resources when someone comes in [and] we are developing partnerships with our community, which
is our community integration.”

The Cambria Heights Neighborhood Care Center also gives residents a chance to meet with experts who
listen to their health challenges. Their qualified team of experts is comprised of healthcare solution
specialists, community liaisons, a registered nurse, a pharmacist and a behavioral health specialist.

Together, they assist people in finding a doctor, identifying affordable options, solving claims and
billing issues, making sense of their medication, joining health and wellness programs and finding in-
network treatment options. Each appointment is about 20 minutes.

In addition to its health workshops and health guidance services, the 2,800-square-foot Cambria Heights
facility has a wide variety of special activities that are available for free. Visitors have access to a
health and wellness library, education classes and seminars, an Xbox Kinect fitness station, an iPad
station and a “neighborhood room,” where residents can mingle and interact with one another.

“The beautiful thing is we are open to our entire community so when we do our Zumba classes or our
diabetes classes, whatever it is that we’re doing, we’re expecting the entire community to come
together,” McDonald said.

EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care is located at 206-20 Linden Blvd., and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Monday through Saturday. You must RSVP for classes before attending. For more information about the
classes available or to RSVP, call (866) 539-0999.

Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or nkozikowska@queenspress.com or @nkozikowska.

All of the listed workshops at EmblemHealth are free. To RSVP, call (646) 476-1294.

Low-Impact Zumba
Join EmblemHealth for a dance-fitness class that is friendly and fun. It uses the Zumba formula, with
modified moves and pacing for active older people and those just starting their journey to a healthy
lifestyle.
WHEN:  April 4 at 11:30 a.m.,  April 7 at 10:30 a.m.,  April 11 at 11:30 a.m., April 14 at 10:30 a.m.,
April 18 at 11:30 a.m.,  April 21 at 10:30 a.m., April 25 at 11:30 a.m. and April 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Sitting Exercise
Join EmblemHealth for a DVD workout that can improve your stability and balance and help you stay mobile.
WHEN:  April 7, April 14, April 21, 2014; and April 28 at 12 p.m.

National Alliance on Mental Illness For Caregivers
The National Alliance on Mental Illness invites you to join other family members, caregivers, partners
and friends of people with mental illness for a series of 12 weekly classes. You will learn to help and
support loved ones struggling with serious mental illness while maintaining your well-being.
WHEN:  April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Meditation Made Easy
Learn how to meditate in just a few simple steps. Daily meditation can help you experience a new feeling
of calmness.
WHEN: April 10 at 2 p.m.

Understanding Medicare
Everything you need to know about Medicare to make informed health decision, including:
WHEN:  April 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Understanding Asthma
Take control of your asthma with this asthma management workshop at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care, which will help you live with asthma, its causes, risk factors and how to avoid triggers.
WHEN:  April 17 at 12 p.m.