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January 2021

Let your patients know you've received the COVID-19 vaccine

Received the COVID-19 vaccine? Let your patients know

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More than 23 million people in the US have received the COVID-19 vaccine with that number growing each day. Beginning with medical professionals and those who are more at risk for infection, the vaccine will soon be widely available to the general public. As production ramps up and more vaccines enter the market, the end to the COVID-19 pandemic is on the horizon. 

Combatting Vaccine Mistrust

Although the COVID-19 vaccines are approved by the FDA and other governing bodies, there is still a lot of misinformation concerning their safety and effectiveness. There is also vaccine hesitancy among marginalized groups rooted in medical distrust and racial disparities in healthcare. Therefore, it’s imperative for healthcare professionals to convey their own trust in the vaccine and work to combat any misinformation their patients may have.

Let patients know you’re vaccinated 

Let your patients know you've received the COVID-19 vaccine

Customize this template with your practice’s or health system’s name and publish to your Outcome Health Waiting Room TV.

As you and your staff become fully vaccinated, we’ve made it easy for you to let your patients know. We’ve developed a template, which you may customize with your practice’s information, for your Outcome Health Exam Room Wallboard and Waiting Room TV.

(Not an Outcome Health customer? Download a printable version here.

From the Member Portal: 

  1. Go to “Manage Content” page
  2. Under Add Personalized Content on the top left, click “With A Template”
  3. Choose which location(s) you want the content displayed 
  4. Select “Waiting Room TV” or “Wallboard” to access the COVID Vaccination templates
  5. Use the category drop-down to find the “Vaccinations” category
  6. Select the Covid_HealthcareTeam template that best meets your needs
  7. Insert your practice name to customize your template 
  8. Preview your template and add deployment information to finalize your request!

Need access to the Member Portal? Sign up here or call Customer Care at (800) 235-4930 to get set up.


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what is glaucoma

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

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National Glaucoma Awareness Month is a good time to learn about a chronic condition that affects 60 million people worldwide and is one of the leading causes of blindness. Glaucoma is made up of a group of diseases which lead to vision loss, and there are virtually no symptoms. The loss of sight occurs gradually and 50% of people living with glaucoma don’t know they have it. 

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma can be diagnosed for many reasons, but it is usually caused when fluid cannot drain properly in the eye. This extra fluid creates pressure and damages the optic nerve. If this damage goes unchecked, it can lead to vision loss and blindness. 

Who is at risk for Glaucoma?

Although glaucoma mainly affects people over 60, it can occur at any age and there are many risk factors that put you at a higher risk. Diabetics, chronic steroid users, and extremely near-sighted people have a higher chance of developing the condition. Genetics can also play a role – if you have a parent or sibling diagnosed with glaucoma, there is a higher chance you will be diagnosed as well. It is also the leading cause of blindness among Black Americans and it is common among Hispanics older than 65.  Read more about racial disparity in healthcare

Recognizing the Signs & Symptoms of Glaucoma 

As much as 40% of vision loss can occur before a person notices it’s gone. It begins with peripheral vision loss, and you may not notice until the condition worsens. The best way to detect glaucoma is through regular eye exams to check for any vision loss. There is currently no cure, but there are medicines and surgeries that can treat the condition and stop it from progressing.

When is your next eye exam? Next time you visit your eye doctor, check out some of the content featured on our Exam Room Wallboard for National Glaucoma Awareness Month. 

what is glaucoma

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MLK Day of Service

Supporting Your Community on MLK Day of Service

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On Monday, January 18, 2021 we as a nation honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was a Baptist minister and prominent leader of the civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. His leadership contributed to the end of legal segregation of African Americans in the South and other parts of the country, and he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. 

Brief History of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Very soon after Dr. King’s assassination, there were calls for a national holiday to honor his life. In the early 1970s, several states and cities made his birthday a holiday – January 15th. After years of pushback at the national level, it wasn’t until 1983 that legislation passed to officially make the third Monday in January a federal holiday. 

Why is MLK Day a day of service?

Dr. King famously said, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Day not only honors Dr. King’s life but encourages us to continue his work. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. As AmeriCorps says, “Make it a day on, not a day off.” In moments like we’re experiencing now when health disparities among communities of color are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, community service is extremely important. If you’re able, commit to making your community a better place. Look out for your neighbors in need. Not only are you making a lasting impact, but volunteering is an effective way to support your mental health. It can counter feelings of stress, anger, and anxiety (more on the benefits of volunteering).

Volunteering during the pandemic

Even though the pandemic has created roadblocks for typical volunteer activities, you can still virtually volunteer. Share your time over video call with organizations and people in need. If you can volunteer in person, consider reaching out to a local food pantry or joining a community project like a park clean-up.

Find volunteer opportunities near you.


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