At higi’s stations, Papa Members can routinely check their vitals and screen for health status and preventive care needs, and better understand the impact their lifestyle choices and habits can have on their health. Papa Members who have mobility problems, can no longer drive, have limited transportation options, live in rural areas, or lack companionship will benefit from Papa and higi’s partnership. Furthermore, Papa’s Medicare Advantage Clients will benefit from having more information on the issues and health needs of their members.
“Our partnership with higi creates an innovative way for seniors to understand their health needs and gain access to support for their long-term wellbeing,” said Papa’s founder and chief executive officer Andrew Parker. “We see a considerable potential partnering with higi and providing preventive care options for seniors by incorporating higi’s vast, national network of retail-based Smart Stations.”
Chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease account for seven out of ten deaths in the United States; these diseases are often preventable or manageable through early detection. Currently 45% of the U.S. population is living with at least one chronic disease, which can be crippling to someone’s quality of life if left undiagnosed or untreated.
“We believe that partnering with Papa will give older adults the opportunity to learn more about their health, and in doing so, more reasons to use the benefits provided by their health plans,” said higi CEO Jeff Bennett. “By including a higi Station visit when Papa Pals bring their senior companions to the grocery store or pharmacy, we’re adding to the long-term benefits of companionship and transportation offered by Papa by creating an opportunity to capture a broader picture health.”