Wellness resources support your True Health
Chronic disease management
Depression and stress management
- Healthy Team Healthy U
- Providence health coaching
- Providence health and wellness classes
- Wellness Central
- LifeBalance Program
- Cascade Centers EAP
- Behavioral health concierge is available for same day or next day access to counseling with dedicated behavioral health providers, and digital cognitive behavioral therapy through SilverCloud.
Diabetes prevention and management
Diet and exercise
Quitting tobacco of any sort takes a commitment. And keeping your commitment can be challenging if you're trying to do it on your own. So we suggest you don't. Research shows that counseling or support in combination with medication (nicotine replacement and/or prescription medication) offers the best shot at breaking free from tobacco.
Whether you've smoked for six months or 16 years, we've got someone you can partner with to help you be successful. It's up to you to find what works for you —support groups, telephone counseling and classes with free medications – or a combination. Take stock of your temperament — and then take the next step. All of these resources are available at no cost to you as a Providence Health Plan member:
- Quit For Life. A free telephone-based tobacco cessation program that provides extensive support to help you succeed at quitting — with a 91 percent satisfaction rate among participants. Counselors are on hand 24/7 to support you. To get started, call 866-QUIT-4LIFE (866-784-8454).
- Smoking cessation classes. To find a class or provider near you, view our class list. (Classes are valued at $250 each, and are free to health plan members.)
Type 2 diabetes: Are you at risk?
Type 2 diabetes happens when your body can't use insulin the right way or when the pancreas can't make enough insulin.
Insulin is a hormone that helps the body's cells use sugar (glucose) for energy. It also helps the body store extra sugar in muscle, fat, and liver cells. Without insulin, this sugar can't get into your cells to do its work. It stays in your blood instead. Your blood sugar level then gets too high. High blood sugar can harm many parts of the body, such as the eyes, heart, blood vessels, nerves, and kidneys. It can also increase your risk for other health problems (complications).
Type 2 diabetes is different from type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system destroys the cells that release insulin, so that over time the body can't produce insulin at all. In type 2 diabetes, the body still makes some insulin, but it can't use it the right way.
What you can do
- Know the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes
- Take the American Diabetes Association’s diabetes risk test and encourage the ones you love to take it too.
- Take a class to learn more about Type 2 diabetes
- Join a diabetes support group
- Know the most appropriate way to shop and eat when you live with diabetes
- Call a care nurse at 800-662-1121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on diabetes
Nearly 25.8 million people — or slightly more than 8 percent of the total U.S. population — have some form of diabetes, whether type 1, type 2 or gestational, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. Perhaps more staggering, however, is that 79 million Americans age 20 and older are considered prediabetic. Are you among them? If you think you may be prediabetic, or have been told that you are, the good news is that with some major changes to diet and exercise routines — and by achieving and maintaining a healthy weight — you can significantly lower their risk of going on to develop type 2 diabetes.
Whether you're diabetic or prediabetic, we have wonderful programs and resources to help you find support and treatment, and find new ways to live a healthy — and full — life. Diabetes doesn't have to define you.
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When and where to get care
Accessing the care you need in the appropriate venue will save you time and money. That’s why it pays to know your options.
ExpressCare worksite locations
Providence ExpressCare kiosk worksite locations
In addition to accessing Providence ExpressCare Virtual from your smartphone, laptop or computer, PEBB members and their dependents* also may speak with a trusted Providence provider using secure two-way video at the following worksite locations in Oregon:
- The Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton
- Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla
- The Snake Rivers Correctional Institution in Ontario
Providence ExpressCare Kiosk worksite locations are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Schedule a same-day appointment by calling 855-229-6460.
When it's time for your appointment, enter the room. If the room is occupied, pick up the phone in the hallway and call the kiosk support representative. Once inside, your provider will appear on the screen and your visit will begin.
*Coverage for Providence ExpressCare varies. PEBB members enrolled in PEBB Statewide or Providence Choice can access Providence ExpressCare Virtual and worksite-based Providence ExpressCare kiosks at no cost. All PEBB members can access Providence ExpressCare kiosk services at no cost when care is received at one of the four worksite locations. The service is not available to state employees who opted out of or declined PEBB medical coverage, retired state employees, or COBRA-covered state employees.
For questions about eligibility, please call Providence ExpressCare Virtual at 855-229-6460.
Minimize stress, maximize joy
Life is full of stressors. Here are some helpful tips to treat yourself well:
- Begin the day with a solid breakfast. Individuals who eat a good breakfast perform better at work and school. A good breakfast also helps with weight management.
- Keep good food handy. Pack your lunch and snacks for the day to help ensure protein and good fat, along with fruits and vegetables, are easily accessible.
- Sidestep liquid calories. Juices, sweet drinks, and alcohol are major contributors to weight gain, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- Maintain a consistent daily routine – sit down, even if only briefly, to eat something three times a day. Take activity breaks frequently.
- Get some exercise every day, even if it's only 10 to 20 minutes worth. Remember, in Oregon, there's no bad weather – just bad gear.
- Sleep is a nutrient – poor sleep (generally considered fewer than seven hours) is associated with obesity, diabetes, increased coronary calcification, decreased immunity.
- Be kind to yourself; smile.
- Providence ExpressCare Clinics
- Providence ExpressCare Virtual and Web-direct visits
- Preventive care benefits
- Alternative care
- Treatment cost calculator
- Prescription drug cost calculator
- Wellness Central
- Vision discounts- We partner with Northwest Vision Associates and Visionworks to bring you great discounts on vision services. Discounted products and services include LASIK, contact lenses, eyeglasses and eye exams.
Northwest Vision Associates