Sponsored - MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - As kids and teens head back to school, Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP) wants to ensure they stay healthy, and a big part of that is completing their annual well-care visit. Launched in July, the health plan is conducting its annual Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures campaign for anyone in the U.P. ages three to 21.
“We want to make sure kids and teens are being seen at least annually by their health care provider and that they’re up to date on their immunizations,” said Chelsea Ely, LPN, clinical coordinator, UPHP.
Ely and UPHP Clinical Services Manager, Lindsey Havel, RN, BSN, help move the campaign forward each year. Goals include keeping track of kids’ overall health and getting teens to understand the health care system.
“Regular well-care visits also give the health care provider the opportunity to complete screenings to identify problems early so that they can be addressed as soon as possible,” Havel stated.
During the pandemic, kids have missed appointments and routine vaccinations. Now, Havel says they should get back on track. She also says sports physicals can be done at the well-care visit.
“I would recommend parents call their providers if their children are due for a well-care visit, and they can get that appointment scheduled,” she said. “They can bring the sports physical form into the well-care visit, and they can have both things checked off their list at the same time.”
At least 12 practices across the region are taking part in the effort, which lasts until Sept. 30. To make things fun, Ely says kids can win prizes.
“Each practice gets to do a drawing at their location,” Ely mentioned, “and there will be a winner at each practice.” Ely and Havel expect this year’s campaign to be busier than in 2020, and hope parents and children continue to stay on course with their annual well-care visits and immunizations.