The Junior Designer is responsible for the creation and production support of a wide range of projects including printed brochures, flyers, advertisements, promotional items, websites, digital assets and more. The Junior Designer assists with the creative direction of internal and external materials produced by Western Health Advantage’s Marketing department while maintaining the organization’s brand standards.

Primary Duties:

• Design materials, either from scratch or from existing templates, to meet the needs of internal clients.
• Ensure design is consistent with overall brand and meets company standards to maintain and promote the positive image of the organization.
• Utilize an understanding of typographies, layouts, animation and art direction to help the Marketing team produce the best work possible.
• Produce attractive and effective designs for all media platforms.
• Contribute to the entire creative process from inception to production.
• Offer input at creative meetings and share ideas and knowledge related to current trends with marketing, sales and promotion techniques.
• Support the Marketing team as well as other departments on their creative and communication needs.
• Exercise creativity within the context of established design guidelines and templates to produce a variety of brochures, advertisements, web graphics and online pages, display graphics, booklets and similar projects incorporating original and supplied images.
• Assist with internal client contact on consumer-facing print and communication efforts, ensuring all client projects accomplish goals and adhere to agreed-upon timelines and budgets.
• Collaborate with staff for copyediting, proofing, database reports and other services needed to complete projects.
• Monitor job status in regards to deadlines and provide updates to clients and the Marketing team.
• Maintain computer file systems assuring that all jobs are promptly and properly archived.
• Represent Western Health Advantage at community events, when directed.


• Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, Marketing, Communications, or a similar discipline.
• 2 years’ experience working in design, marketing, or a related field.
• Experience designing for print and digital with a strong understanding of typography, layout and art direction.
• Video production/editing and photography skills are a plus, but not required.
• Experience working with PC and Mac platforms required.
• Proficient computer skills, specifically using Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Suite. Other beneficial experience includes the understanding of content management system (CMS), digital marketing tools, video production software and social networking channels.
• Excellent command of the English language as it pertains to grammar and spelling required. Strong ability to integrate words and images into creative templates.
• Must be able to speak, read, write, and understand the primary language(s) used in the workplace.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to hr@westernhealth.com EOE.

Western Health Advantage cannot offer employment to individuals who would require sponsorship to work in the United States.

Prepare for the 2016-2017 Flu SeasonImmunizationblog


National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccinations. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on vaccines recommended for them.

These recommendations include an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a yearly flu vaccine is advised for everyone as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. The CDC recommends you get the flu vaccine as soon as it’s available each year; the vaccine’s protection lasts throughout the flu season.

At WHA, keeping you and your family healthy is our top priority. Preventive care services such as immunizations are part of your medical plan, at no additional cost to you! (Coverage for WHA services depends on eligibility at the time of the service.)

For a complete list of 2016 recommended immunizations for children and teens, visit mywha.org/guidelines.

For more information, visit CDC

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What has changed?
In May 2016, the FDA reclassified medical foods as over-the-counter/non-prescription medicines. The FDA did this because they determined that medical foods can be used safely and effectively without a doctor’s supervision. This may help lower health care costs as prescription costs, doctor visits, lost time from work, insurance costs, and travel are no longer needed. Additionally, consumers can manage their own health care by buying medicines over the counter.

What is a medical food?
Medical foods are processed nutritional products formulated specifically to manage a disease or condition. They are specially formulated, defined, and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Medical foods are not drugs and so patients don’t need a prescription to obtain them.

Medical foods are created for children and adults and are available in a variety of forms. They may be used for chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, inborn errors of metabolism (such as amino acid and protein metabolism disorders), mitochondrial disease, wound healing, pain management, gastrointestinal disorders, and neurological and psychological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression.

Insurance Coverage
Health plan coverage for medical foods varies widely. WHA, for example, covers prescription medicines, but excludes coverage for most over-the-counter medications, supplies or equipment. Members who take medical foods are therefore responsible for the cost of those foods.

What to Do if You Need Help Buying Medical Food
There are several possible sources of assistance listed on the WHA website if you cannot pay for your medical food. Click here for more information.



The Senior Benefit Consultant serves as the key marketing link between insurance brokers, employer groups and the community for Western Health Advantage. This position carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: Develop sales opportunities, present plans to employer groups during Open Enrollment meetings, and resolve employer and broker concerns regarding contract agreements, rates, benefit coverage, and established procedures and policies.

Primary Duties:

• Develop and maintain professional relationships with assigned broker contacts.
• Provide assistance and direction to all employer groups regarding selected plan(s).
• Introduce new WHA products, procedures, contract requirements and premiums, and assists employers and brokers with the coordination of open enrollment and other requirements of installing a health benefit plan.
• Present information to employer groups on a routine basis for open enrollment, to develop a sale, and for specific topics as requested by the broker or employer.
• Maintain contact with community and industry leaders by participating in civic and business related organizations and events.
• Assist Sales Director in the development of annual enrollment projections.
• Develop and present proposals to brokers and prospective groups with analytical application when requested; negotiate and manage key group renewals.


• Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline preferred.
• 5 years’ experience in sales, marketing related sales, health insurance, prepaid health plans, or pension benefit management.
• State of California full Life Agent License (Life-Only Agent and Accident and Health Agent) is required.
• Experience giving precise and articulate presentations in large group settings.
• Previous experience working in the health care industry, specifically HMO, is a plus.
• Intermediate personal computer skills, including electronic mail, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.
• Must be able to speak, read, write, and understand the primary language(s) used in the workplace.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to hr@westernhealth.com EOE.

Western Health Advantage cannot offer employment to individuals who would require sponsorship to work in the United States.

iStock_000006179543MediumSacramento County’s Health and Human Services Department issued a health advisory notice on June 7, 2016 because there have been five known meningococcal cases so far this year – all among high school students.

Meningococcal disease is a serious illness and is spread by exchanging respiratory and throat secretions (e.g., by living in close quarters, by kissing). It is often severe and can include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. It can be treated with antibiotics if these are given right away.

Know the symptoms:

  • Sudden onset of fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Confusion

Keeping up to date with the meningococcal vaccine is the best defense against meningococcal disease. Visit mywha.org/shots to learn about this and other recommended immunizations for adolescents.

Western Health Advantage has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.

WHA enjoys an established culture of wellness.  Through carefully planned out communication pieces and by making wellness “fun”, we witness high participation in our wellness initiatives.  We provide onsite yoga, meditation, and massage.  Over half of our employees have a sit-stand work station, and every employee is offered a free or discounted gym membership.  We recently upgraded to healthier vending machines, and we regularly provide fresh produce to our staff.

The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.

American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

“The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program offers easy-to-implement ways for organizations to help employees eat better and move more, which will help improve their health – and their employer’s bottom line,” said Alicia Lowe, WHA’s Health & Wellness Manager.  “Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program. A study published in 1986 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some adults may gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise they performed.”

For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it’s helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on the workplace, call 916.446.6505 or visit heart.org/worksitewellness.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.


Western Health Advantage and the American Heart Association invite you to celebrate National CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Awareness Week in your community.

National CPR and AED Awareness Week spotlights how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED. During this week each year, CPR/AED classes and demonstrations are conducted, events are hosted and educational information is distributed on the importance of being trained in CPR and AED use.

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops and can no longer pump blood to the brain or vital organs. Nearly 38 people an hour suffer a cardiac arrest at home, work, or even church – that is 420,000 people this year alone! Only 1 in 10 cardiac arrest victims survive.

Hands-Only CPR Can Save Lives
Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help.

If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, first call 9-1-1 for help. Then push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival, and “Stayin’ Alive” has the right beat for Hands-Only CPR.

You can watch a video and learn hands-only CPR at heart.org.

For more information about heart health, go to mywha.org/hearthealth.


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