Higi My Community
The My Community program makes it easier for you to learn about health and wellness resources in your local community. Just like every person is different and has different needs, we understand that every community is different and offers different resources.
We are connecting you with Aunt Bertha, a free online social service program with discreet access to free and reduced cost programs for health, housing, food, transportation and more as each of these can impact your health.
Health InsuranceIn 2017, 8.8% , or 28.5 million, did not have health insurance at any point during the year. 1
Health insurance is a means for financing a person’s health care expenses. While the majority of people have private health insurance, primarily through an employer, many others obtain coverage through programs offered by the government. Other individuals do not have health insurance coverage at all.1
If you do not have access to health insurance, Aunt Bertha can provide reduced cost options within your community.
Housing InstabilityMore than 38 million US households have housing cost burdens, leaving little income left to pay for food, healthcare, and other basic necessities.
Housing instability encompasses a number of challenges such as having trouble paying rent, overcrowding, moving frequently, staying with relatives or spending the bulk of household income on housing, which may negatively impact physical health make it harder to access health care. 2
Aunt Bertha can connect you with local resources that can help find housing, help pay for housing, maintenance and repairs, provide temporary shelter, or even housing advice.
Food InsecurityIn 2017, more than 40 million Americans were food insecure, including 12 million children. 1
Food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the level of the household.
If you live in a household where there is not enough food, you are not alone. Aunt Bertha can connect you to local community gardens, food pantries, food deliveries, nutritional information and more.3
Did you know you can make some simple changes to help prevent high blood pressure?
Choose healthful meals and snacks that include fresh fruit and vegetables and avoid foods high in salt.
Cigarette smoking raises your your blood pressure and puts you at a higher risk for heart attack and stroke. If you do smoke, talk to your health care provider for help.
Make sure that you have your blood pressure measured regularly. High blood pressure often occurs with no symptoms, so only blood pressure readings will tell you if your blood pressure is on the rise. Stop at the higi station to learn more about your health numbers.
Some examples of aerobic exercise you may try to lower blood pressure include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing. See how well you’re doing by checking your body mass index (BMI) at a higi station.