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myHR: November 14, 2012

Health Advocate Gives Faculty and Staff a Life Line

With her father having passed away and a mother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in Texas, Tanya Barrientos had her work cut out for her last summer. Not only was she the executor of her dad’s will, she also needed to help her mom find new health care coverage over 3,000 miles away.

“I had no idea what to do or where to turn. It was completely overwhelming,” said Tanya, the manager of internal communications at Penn (pictured right).

But things changed when she opened her mailbox and found a Health Advocate brochure from Penn. “It was like a gift from heaven,” Tanya said.

Health Advocate is a free and confidential resource to help Penn faculty and staff resolve healthcare-related issues. Trained personal health advocates work with you one-on-one to find the solutions you need, from sorting out billing concerns to locating treatment facilities to finding the right doctor.

For Tanya, it meant having someone to help coordinate her mom’s insurance coverage so she didn’t have to navigate the complex health care system on her own. Not only did Tanya’s advocate help her find the right prescription drug plan for her mom, she also sat in on phone calls that Tanya had with insurance companies to make sure she understood everything that was discussed.

“My whole experience with Health Advocate was very personal. I was so impressed with how caring my advocate was, and it blows my mind that this service is free,” she said.

To learn more about how Health Advocate can help you resolve healthcare issues, click here.


Move Forward by Mastering Resilience

Ever find yourself in a situation where things don’t go as planned? Maybe your project team missed an important deadline at work, or a family emergency threw a hitch in your schedule at home. No matter how much you prepare, you’re bound to hit road bumps in your personal and professional life. But we can show you how to overcome these obstacles and stay on track.


If you want to be a top-notch leader in the workplace, join us on November 28 for an in-depth look at Mastering Resilience. You’ll discover how to maintain a successful work environment when your job throws you a curve ball. You’ll also explore creative new ways of meeting your professional goals and learn how to help your staff overcome resistance to change. Your department will be charged a nominal fee ($50) for this workshop. Click here to register.

To learn how to stay on track in your personal life, join us on December 5 for a closer look at Avoiding Burnout and Building Resilience. You’ll learn how to bounce back when change or challenges try to get the best of you. You’ll also discover the many factors that can lead to burnout, how to recognize the warning signs, and how to avoid them. You’re welcome to bring a lunch to this free workshop. For complete details and to register, click here.


Grow Your Family with Penn’s Adoption Assistance Benefit

Have you ever thought about adopting a child? Starting a family (or adding to your existing one) is a big step, and every adoptive parent faces significant challenges when bringing a new child into your life. But Penn can help ease the financial impact.

In honor of National Adoption Month, learn how the University’s adoption assistance benefit can help you through all phases of the adoption process—from the initial decision to the reality of bringing a new child into your home.

You can be reimbursed for up to $5,000 in qualified adoption expenses, including court costs, attorney’s fees, traveling expenses, and more.

For more information on Penn’s adoption assistance benefit, click here.


Save Money with Penn Discounts

Working at Penn comes with more perks than you may think. Not only do you have access to a number of healthy living, educational, and worklife support resources, you can also take advantage of various discount programs to meet your personal needs. Read on to learn how you can save just by having a PennCard!

Car Discount Programs: Save money when you buy a new car from Ford or General Motors.
Deals@Penn: Take advantage of special discounts on a range of products and services from computers to cell phones to Penn athletic events.
GlobalFit Gym Membership: Kick-start your health with a discounted gym membership at one of hundreds of fitness clubs in the Philadelphia area.
Penn Club of New York: This five-star private club can help you meet all your personal and professional needs, from networking to exercising to socializing.
Pennsavers: Get a taste of Philadelphia's arts and entertainment scene with weekly half-price tickets to a variety of cultural events in the region.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Purchase a discounted membership and get access to priceless works of art and unlimited free admission to the museum.
Six Flags Theme Parks: Enjoy savings of up to 50% off the regular price at Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor and Wild Safari.

For more information on Penn’s faculty and staff discount programs, click here.