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Health Management

GHC-SCW is committed to helping you learn to manage key aspects of chronic diseases. Through a combination of routine evaluations, education, nutrition counseling, proper medical care and more, our Care Teams and Clinical Health Education programs work together to keep you healthy and active.

Asthma and COPD

If you have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), breathing is not as easy as it should be.

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It is common in children, but adults can develop asthma, too. If you have asthma, you have it all the time. You will have asthma attacks only when something bothers your lungs. Attacks cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and feeling breathless.

COPD is a group of lung diseases characterized by limited airflow with different degrees of lung tissue destruction. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most common forms of COPD.

We Can Help With Asthma and COPD

We can help you learn how to manage your asthma and limit the frequency of attacks. We will work with you to create a plan to control for asthma or COPD.

We offer individual consults with an Asthma Educator at each of these GHC-SCW Locations

What to Expect

Your first visit with the Asthma Educator will be 60 minutes in length. This allows us time to understand your current health needs and answer any questions you may have. We will work with you to find a plan that controls your symptoms and fits in with your life.

Other GHC Resources 

  • Clinical Pharmacists – Our pharmacy staff can help answer questions you may have about your medications and how they can affect your disease.
  • Smoking Cessation – Our dedicated smoking cessation specialist will help give you tips and support to help you quit.
  • Healthwise – Log into your MyChart account, and under Resources, click Healthwise Home.  Here you can search for information related to your unique medical needs, including asthma.

Community Resources

​​The University of Wisconsin conducts research to learn more about asthma and better treat patients.  For information about current studies, click he​re​.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) publishes information about asthma that may be helpful for you.  To visit their website, click here

Check out these tips for traveling with asthma here and breathe easy while away from home. 

Contact Us

Call any GHC-SCW clinic and request an appointment. If you have never seen an Asthma Educator, your Primary Care Provider will be notified of your request for a visit.

​Diabetes ​

Diabetes is a group of diseases that results in too much sugar in the blood.  The most common types of diabetes are: 

  • Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the way the body processes blood sugar. 
  • Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. 
  • Prediabetes is a condition characterized by elevated blood sugar, but it is not high enough to be considered diabetes. 
  • Gestational diabetes is a form of high blood sugar affecting pregnant women.​ 

If you have been living with diabetes for a long time or if you have just been diagnosed, you know that managing diabetes can be hard work.  GHC will work with you to help you make sure you understand how the disease affects you, how to manage it, and what resources are available to help you. 

Community Resources 

  • The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) offers classes for living with chronic conditions and health living with diabetes. Click here to visit the WIHA website.  

  • If you are a GHC-SCW insured member, these classes are eligible for the Wellness Reimbursement. For more information click here 

  • YMCA offers a diabetes prevention program (DPP). Certain individuals who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes by their primary care physician (PCP) may have insurance coverage for the full cost of the YMCA’s DPP Program through GHC-SCW if they meet certain preventive services guidelines. Other individuals may also qualify for insurance coverage, subject to cost-sharing responsibility, for the YMCA’s DPP Program. The DPP is a program with 25 one-hour long sessions over the course of a year designed to reduce your risk of developing Type II Diabetes. Click here​ to view the program information.  

Our Resources 

  • Dietitians – Our staff will work with you to not only educate you about how nutrition can affect your diabetes, but they can offer tips about positive, sustainable changes you can make to best manage your condition. 

  • Diabetes Educators – Our nurse educators will meet with you individually to help ensure that you understand the basics of diabetes.  They are experts in the disease and can help direct you toward other resources that might be helpful for you, including classes, community resources, and informational materials. 

  • Clinical Pharmacists – Our pharmacy staff can help answer questions you may have about your medications and how they can affect your disease. 
  • Smoking Cessation  Our dedicated smoking cessation specialist will help give you tips and support to help you quit. 
  • Healthwise – Log into your MyChart account, and under Resources, click Healthwise Home.  Here you can search for information related to your unique medical needs, including diabetes.  
If you have questions about which services are located near you, ask your PCP or call Member Services at (608) 605-4327. To make an appointment with a Dietitian or Diabetes Educator, call your local clinic.

Quarterly Newsletters 

Review the most recent Diabetes Newsletter here​.

Educational items 

  • A1c testing – This is a simple blood test that measures whether you have diabetes and how well-controlled your diabetes is.  It is important to have your A1c level tested at least twice (2) each year. 
  • Vision testing – Diabetes can produce a complication called diabetic retinopathy, which is caused by damage to the blood vessels at the back of the eye.  Uncontrolled diabetes can hurt your eyesight, so it is important to visit your eye doctor one time each year.  Finding and treating diabetic retinopathy can help prevent vision problems such as floaters, blurriness, and even blindness. 
  • Neuropathy – Diabetic neuropathy is a serious side effect of diabetes that causes nerve damage, and in serious cases, amputation or even death.  It mostly affects the legs and feet, but it can affect other areas of the body as well.  Your provider will evaluate you to determine whether you have neuropathy.  Make sure you see your provider on a regular basis to manage your diabetes care.  ​​

Diabetic Friendly Recipes  

Self-Management Behaviors 

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) recognizes 7 different behaviors that diabetics can follow to maintain their health.  For more information, you can click here to visit the AADE website for this helpful information in both English and Spanish. 

Chronic Pain   ​

Living with pain is difficult. Treating the emotional strain of persistent pain can help you manage your pain better and can benefit your overall health and well-being. Our class uses a group setting to teach mindfulness strategies, as well as cognitive and behavioral skills, intended to help you cope with pain, while gaining the support in knowing that you are not alone.   ​

We Can Help You with our Chronic Pain Group Sessions-- “The Mindful Road – Coping Skills for Chronic Pain” 

We can help you learn how to manage your chronic pain with a 6-week program where you will learn a variety of topics, that include: self-care tips, cognitive-behavioral strategies and mindfulness techniques.  We will encourage participants to create personal goals and help you to create a coordinated care plan.   

We offer this program in 6-week sessions four times per year. 

When:  Tuesdays, 5-6:30 p.m. 

Where:  GHC-SCW Capitol Clinic Lower Level, 675 W. Washington Ave. 

2017 Session Dates:   

Feb 7 – March 14 

May 9 -- June 13 

August 15 – Sept 19 

Nov 7 – Dec 12 

Cost

In general, this group is covered by insurance.  But some benefit plans may require a co-payment, deductible, or co-insurance.  For benefit questions please call our Member Services Department at (608)828-4853 or toll-free at (800)605-4327, and request to speak with Member Services.   

Registration

This class is offered to members who receive primary care services at one of our 6 main GHC clinics. Talk with your primary care provider to decide if this class is right for you, or call (608) 441-3290 to schedule pre-group screening interview with one of Primary Care Behavioral Health Consultants. 

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