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 LEARN COVID-19 RISK WITH NEW ONLINE TOOL
By: Bob Wheaton
The Aging and Adult Services Agency at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has announced the launch of CV19 CheckUp in Michigan – a free, anon- ymous, personalized online tool that evaluates someone’s risks associated with COVID-19.
MDHHS Aging & Adult Services launched this service with older adults in mind.
“This tool, which we will make available to all Michiganders, helps individuals understand their risk based on their life situation and per- sonal behavior, and offers recommendations to reduce those risks while also connecting people to services if needed,” said Dr. Alexis Travis, senior deputy director of the Aging & Adult Services Agency. “And while this tool is avail- able to all residents, it is specifically designed with older adults – age 60 and over – in mind. Older Michiganders represent 24 percent of con- firmed COVID-19 cases and 89 percent of con- firmed deaths. We are dedicated to keeping aging adults safe and healthy and believe this tool will help older adults stay safer and healthier as cases continue to grow.”
  BellAge developed the tool to help people
be safer and healthier, and ensure their individ- ual needs are met during the pandemic. CV19 CheckUp fills a critical need for a comprehensive resource that educates, advises, and empowers people to protect themselves from COVID-19.
• Unmet needs for health care, social services, financial support.
algorithms are driven by science and medicine, using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is anonymous and does not require a name, email address, or identifier of any type.
assesses each person’s unique situation, pre- senting options to help reduce risk, and enhance quality of life.
  The service is in partnership with BellAge, Inc. and can be used by going to Michigan. CV19Checkup.org.
You will spend just five to ten minutes answering some questions and then immediately receive a custom report based on your life and habits. Upon completion of the anonymous ques- tionnaire, CV19 CheckUp immediately delivers a personalized report. The report answers questions such as:
• How likely am I to get COVID-19 or spread it
“CV19 CheckUp was developed to fill an urgent public need,” said Jim Firman, chief inno- vation officer, BellAge, Inc. “Our team realized that although there are many resources with information about the virus, all of them require
a lot of effort by the user. The average person
has to spend considerable time on numerous websites, digging through pages of information looking for answers that are relevant to their spe- cific situation. CV19 CheckUp does the work for them. We developed a hyper-personalized tool that makes it easy for anyone to understand their level of risk and take steps to reduce those risks.”
to others?
• If I get COVID-19, how severe would it likely
be?
• Where can I find help to ensure my needs are
In addition, through CV19 CheckUp, govern- ments and health organizations also receive data that helps facilitate developing methods to target populations that are at high risk for COVID-19. Data are completely anonymous, and findings can be used to gain insights on:
met during the pandemic?
Your report will provide guidance from lead- ing experts and organizations based on research, science, and recommendations published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
CV19 CheckUp is free, confidential, and easy to use. It is designed to help you be safer and healthier during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The individualized approach that defines CV19 CheckUp delivers much-needed support to those who are hardest hit by COVID-19, includ- ing the more than 2.4 million Michiganders age 60 and older, as well as those with underlying health conditions and/or compromised immune systems. The CDC has described these people
as being at higher risk of severe or fatal conse- quences if they are infected with COVID-19.
• What people know and believe about the pandemic.
• Compliance levels with recommended safety protocols.
 • Behaviors by location, race, ethnicity, economic status, etc.
 CV19 CheckUp uses artificial intelligence to analyze data each person provides by completing an online questionnaire. It is designed for those who are considered high risk, including older adults, low-income people, ethnic and racial minorities, and LGBTQ communities. The tool’s
Now that the vaccine is available, Michiganders will have another tool to reduce their risk. It will be distributed in phases. Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan. gov/COVIDvaccine. As additional information and resources become available, it will be posted to this site.
CV19 CheckUp is easy to use and
This project is funded in part by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
   COVID RESOURCES
Call First
   During this transitional time you may have many questions regarding what actions you should be taking, as well as how to access community resources. Be sure to call first, rather than to visit. And remember, just because an area is opening, it doesn’t mean that you have to participate until you are ready to do so.
Jackson County COVID-19 Updates
Region 3A - Kalamazoo County
Health and Community Services Dept.
Service Area: Kalamazoo County
3299 Gull Road, Nazareth, MI 49074-0042 https://www.kalcounty.com/hcs/covid19.php (269) 373-5173
Center for Disease Control & Prevention
Jackson County Health Department Hotline (517) 788-4420, opt 9
Center for Family Health Hotline number for testing (517) 748-5363
Henry Ford MyCare Advice LIne (for testing) (313) 874-7500
Kalamazoo County COVID-19 Updates
https://www.kalcounty.com/hcs/covid19.php
AARP Resources:
AARP National Office resource page https://search.aarp.org/gss/everywhere?q=covid& intcmp=DSO-SRCH-EWHERE
AARP Michigan COVID resource page https://states.aarp.org/michigan/micovid19
Free call-in for National AARP teletown halls at 1pm every Thursday 1-855-274-9507
Community Connections, Friendly Voice Program
https://www.aarpcommunityconnections.org
Learn to offer fraud prevention programs online https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/
Fraud helpline: 1-877-908-3360
Caregiving resources: https://www.aarp.org/caregiving
Community Resources by AAA Regions
Region 2 Area Agency on Aging
Service Area:
Counties - Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee 102 N. Main St.,
PO Box 189 Brooklyn, MI 49230 https://www.r2aaa.net/index.php/covid-19 (517) 592-1974 or 1-800-335-7881
Other aging resources in Jackson County:
Jackson County Department On Aging
1715 Lansing Ave # 672 Jackson, MI 49202 www.co.jackson.mi.us/Agencies/DeptAging/ (517) 788-4364
Other aging resources in Kalamazoo County:
https://CDC.gov/coronavirus (800) 232-4632
Senior Services, Inc.
State of Michigan COVID page
918 Jasper Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 https://seniorservices1.org/?s=covid (269) 382-0515
https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/
CareWell Svs SW – Region 3B Area Agency on Aging
State COVID-19 Hotline
7 days/week, 8am-5pm, 1-888-535-6136.
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services 1-888-535-6163
Aging and Adult Service Agency for volunteering & food assistance https://www.michigan.gov/osa
Long Term Care Ombudsman 1-866-485-9393
Direct link to Locator for COVID testing https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/ 0,9753,7-406-99891_99912-531745--,00.html
Mental Health
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-888-273-8255 for 24/7 support
Mental Health American www.mhanational.org
Warmline for Michiganders mental health conditions 7 days/week, 10am-2am
1-888-733-7753
Disaster Distress Helpline 888-985-5990
Summit Pointe 24-Hour Crisis 1-800-632-5449
NAMI -Calhoun County (269) 962-1762
Service Area: Counties – Barry, Calhoun 200 W. Michigan Ave. Suite 102
Battle Creek, MI 49017 http://carewellservices.org/covid-19/ (269) 966-2450
Calhoun County COVID-19 updates
Other aging resources in Branch County:
Branch County Commission On Aging
H. & C. Burnside Senior Center
65 Grahl Drive, Coldwater, MI 49036 www.burnsidecenter.com, (517) 279-6565
calhouncountymi.gov
City of Battle Creek Updates https://battlecreekmi.gov/718/COVID-19
https://www.mijackson.org/2295/Coronavirus
or 1-800-626-6719 (in-state only)
Other aging resources in Barry and Calhoun Counties:
320 W Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, MI 49058 https://www.barrycounty.org/commission_on_aging_new/ index.php
(269) 948-4856
315 W Green St., Marshall, MI 49068 https://www.calhouncountymi.gov/departments/public_ health_department/coronavirus_(covid-19).php
(269) 781-0846
200 W. Michigan Avenue,
Battle Creek, MI 49017 https://seniorservices1.org/?s=covid (269) 382-0515
Barry County Commission On Aging
 Calhoun County Senior Services
 Senior Services, Inc.
Region 3C Area Agency on Aging
Service Area: Counties – St. Joseph, Branch 570 Marshall Rd., Coldwater, MI 49036 www.bhsj.org
(517) 278-2538 or 1-888-615-8009
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