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U.S. Department of Labor Invites Health Partners Plans to Lead Workshop in Honor of African American History Month

Presentation to focus on diabetes prevention, nutrition and healthier habits in the workplace

Philadelphia, PA — Health Partners Plans (HPP), a leading managed care organization nationally recognized for innovations in health care, will share its expertise with employees of the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) at its invitation-only African Americans at War for Better Health event on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. In honor of African American History Month, the event will shed light on health issues prevalent within the African American community, including breast cancer, prostate cancer and diabetes.

HPP is an established leader in addressing health barriers for people with chronic conditions. It is one of the first managed care organizations to provide nutritious meals to its medically at-risk members through its innovative “Food as Medicine” program. HPP’s Senior Medical Director Dr. Merleen Harris-Williams will discuss ways to prevent diabetes and offer comprehensive strategies to manage the disease. HPP Community Education Specialist Todd Harrison will provide ways for employees to incorporate better eating habits into their daily routines. He will also address tactics for adopting more physical activity and healthier behaviors in the workplace.

“From genetics, culture, food availability to lifestyle, diabetes continues to be prevalent in this country among the African American community,” says Dr. Harris-Williams. “At HPP, we recognize these determinants of health and have dedicated much of what we do to finding innovative solutions to improve outcomes, ensuring our members and the communities we serve live healthier lives.”

“We’re honored to be part of this event and to have the opportunity to educate everyone on ways to reduce the chances of developing these life-altering diseases,” says Harrison.

African Americans at War for Better Health is an exclusive event for all employees of the USDOL. It will be held at the Curtis Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.


Health Partners Plans, an innovative not-for-profit managed care organization, is the only Medicaid plan in Pennsylvania and is among just 11 Medicaid plans nationwide with an accreditation status of Excellent as of September 26, 2017. This is the highest status bestowed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Health Partners Plans serves more than 284,000 members in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh/Capital region. It provides a broad range of health coverage options through its Health Partners Medicare, Health Partners (Medicaid) and KidzPartners (Children’s Health Insurance Program) plans. Founded more than 30 years ago, Health Partners Plans is one of the few hospital-owned health plans in the country. Learn more about how Health Partners Plans is doing it right at, and


Monet T. Irving
Director, Corporate Communications