The Value of Our Nation’s Health Centers

By Carol Steckel

It’s National Health Center Week, and as I reflect over the past few days, I can still remember standing in awe the first time I visited Franklin Primary Health Center’s Medical Mall in Mobile, Alabama. People of all races and conditions were getting the health care they needed—all in one place.

I also remember the health centers in North Carolina and the work they do to provide essential services to people without access to primary care. The caring, the compassion and the commitment to those they serve rang out loud and clear.

What many people don’t realize is how critically important health centers are to both our health care system and to the millions of underserved Americans across the country. Continue reading “The Value of Our Nation’s Health Centers”

Engaging Teens and Training for the Future

By Camille Heard

Every young person started his or her professional career with some uncertainty: What am I going to do with my life? How do I pay for college? Will I be able to get a job when I graduate?

Growing up, my idea of “what I want to be when I grow up” constantly changed. In elementary school, I was determined to be a rollercoaster architect, and by middle school, I thought I was well on my way to becoming the world’s next best rapper—two career ideas that I may re-explore at some point. However, after I enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania for undergraduate studies, I decided to explore the field of health care and public health. I found that this area truly sparked my interests. Continue reading “Engaging Teens and Training for the Future”

There’s a Good Chance You’re Not Taking Your Medications Correctly!

By Laura Hungiville

Think of the last time you visited the doctor when you were sick. Odds are, she examined you – gave her diagnosis – and wrote a prescription to help you get better. Most likely, you immediately headed to the pharmacy to have it filled. You then took your medication exactly as prescribed. For the first few days, you followed the prescription to a tee – but as you felt better, you may have started missing a few doses. Continue reading “There’s a Good Chance You’re Not Taking Your Medications Correctly!”

Your Best Shot for a Healthy 2017!

By Dr. Mark Leenay

Think of the last time you felt ‘really’ sick. Not just your run of the mill cold, but totally out of commission with a fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue and dizziness. If you’ve had the flu at any time in your life, odds are it’s still fresh in your mind. You’re not alone. The flu is so common that 2-out-of-10 people in the U.S. will catch the virus in 2017, typically in February – the last peak month of flu season. Continue reading “Your Best Shot for a Healthy 2017!”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and WellCare Partner to Bring “Bigs in Blue” to Seven U.S. Cities

By Pam Iorio

Over the past couple of years, tensions between police and the communities they serve have been in the news on an almost weekly basis. Many community leaders are calling for all of us to be more empathetic, see the world through our neighbors’ eyes, or unite to heal after tragedy.

Continue reading “Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and WellCare Partner to Bring “Bigs in Blue” to Seven U.S. Cities”

Disillusioned with Your Resolution?

By Dr. Richard Petrucci

So the holidays came and went, and odds are you ate a lot more than you normally would. While you probably ‘felt’ like you gained tons of weight, studies show that a person of ‘average size’ only gains about one pound between Thanksgiving and the New Year. If you’re overweight, that number jumps to about five pounds. While a pound here and there doesn’t seem like much; they can add up quick!

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WellCare of Nebraska Goes Live!

By Lauralie Rubel

WellCare of Nebraska is proud to announce that after months of hard work by dedicated associates in Nebraska and throughout the WellCare family, we are ready to share our decades of experience coordinating managed care for in-need families and children as well as elderly and disabled persons.

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Managing Diabetes during the Holiday Season

By Dr. Traci Ferguson

diabetes_resizedThe holidays are upon us! It’s a time to gather with family and friends to indulge in some of our favorite holiday foods and beverages. But for the 29 million Americans living with diabetes, this time of year can be particularly challenging.

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Raising Awareness on Prematurity in the U.S.

Did you know more than 380,000 babies are born prematurely in the U.S. each year?

According to the March of Dimes, the United States earned a “C” on its annual premature birth report card. It is the first time in eight years that the preterm birth rate in the U.S. worsened, dropping from 9.57 percent to 9.63 percent in 2015.

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