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National Public Health Week

April 5 – 11 is National Public Health Week (NPHW), an annual event organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA).

While public health has been a major focus over the last year due to COVID-19, APHA has made promoting and advancing public health a priority since 1995. Because of the pandemic, this year’s event will take place completely virtually. The theme, “Building Bridges to Better Health,” highlights that in the face of current challenges, it’s more important than ever to come together to improve public health.

APHA believes everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. To make this possible, we must tackle the causes of poor health and disease risks in our communities. This isn’t just limited to the public spread of disease, like coronavirus. It includes identifying and addressing a wide range of crucial health issues.

Each day of NPHW is dedicated to a different public health topic and ways to make a difference. This year’s focuses are:

 

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West Bend’s policyholder website and mobile app provide West Bend customers easy and convenient access to view and manage their policies. Our personal and business insurance customers can view their policies, invoices, and vehicle ID cards; pay bills; and submit claims.

Our policyholder website and mobile app offer easy-to-use functionality, intuitive navigation, and the flexibility for policyholders to view and manage their accounts when it’s most convenient for them.

If you haven’t used the website or app yet, be sure to check them out soon! You can download the app from the app stores, or you can create an account by clicking here or on the Policyholder Login link at the top of the page. Simply click Login, then Create Account!

We’re committed to making your customer experience as effortless as possible. We want to make it easy for you to do business with us the way you want to do business. While you can still receive account information, make payments, and report claims as you have in the past, our policyholder website and app provide you another option.

And we’re not done yet! We’ll continue to add more features to these tools, which will bring even more value to how we do business.

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National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month. This annual observance, established in 2003, encourages Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors. It also honors those who’ve saved lives through the gift of donation. This year’s theme, “Garden of Life,” uses symbols of hope, courage, and transformed life to represent the various stages of the donation and transplantation journey. A garden’s plants, insects, and other components working together to form a living and thriving ecosystem represent the potential people have to nurture and enrich our communities through donation.

Unfortunately, the demand for donations significantly exceeds the number of donors. Donate Life America shares these eye-opening statistics:

  • More than 100,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.
  • Every 10 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.
  • 7,000 deaths occur every year in the U.S. because organs are not donated in time.
  • 1,900 children under the age of 18 are on the national transplant waiting list, and more than 25% of those are under five years old.

This month-long celebration of life includes several special events to highlight the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation. April 10 – 16 is Blue & Green Spirit Week. Each day is dedicated to a special theme, including recognizing donors, volunteers, and health care heroes; giving hope to those waiting; engaging the public in fun at-home activities. April 18 – 24 is National Pediatric Transplant Week, focusing on the powerful message of ending the pediatric transplant waiting list.

To learn more about organ, eye, and tissue donation, check out these frequently asked questions.

 

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