Recognizing Veterans Day: Making Work “Bearable” for a WellCare Associate Called to Active Military Duty

By Desiree Demonbreun

At WellCare, our success is grounded in a “One Team” culture that supports our associates in bringing their full selves to work. It enables our mission to help people live better, healthier lives.

In honor of Veterans Day (Nov. 11), I’d like to share a story about how our public policy team helped ensure Dane Bennett, a WellCare public policy analyst and first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, remains a valued and appreciated member of the WellCare team, while he protects and serves our country. Continue reading “Recognizing Veterans Day: Making Work “Bearable” for a WellCare Associate Called to Active Military Duty”

The Loneliness Epidemic

By Ken Burdick

Did you know loneliness poses the same health risk as smoking 15 cigarettes a day? In fact, new research indicates weak social connections and feelings of extreme isolation could shorten a person’s life by 15 years. With more than one-third of U.S. adults age 45 or older indicating they are lonely, we’ve reached a critical number of individuals who are at risk for serious health outcomes. Continue reading “The Loneliness Epidemic”

What It’s Like to Be Homeless for a Night in Honolulu

By Scott J. Sivik

Last Friday, I spent the night outside on a cardboard box for the second time. It remains one of the most humbling experiences for me each year. The weather was unpredictable, the streets were loud, and needless to say, I only got a few hours of real sleep.HI_CEO Sleepout_SleepingBag

It’s hard to complain about one night spent outside when there are more than 7,000 homeless individuals in Hawaii who struggle with this reality every day.

It was a privilege to participate in the annual #CEOSleepout organized by The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands. Together, ‘Ohana Health Plan and other local businesses and organizations, slept outside of the state capitol rotunda in Honolulu to better understand the struggles of Hawaii’s homeless residents, while raising awareness and needed funds for food, shelter, clothing and more. Continue reading “What It’s Like to Be Homeless for a Night in Honolulu”

How Does WellCare Help Patients Adhere to Their Medications?

How RxEffect helps doctors increase WellCare member medication adherence

By Dr. Laura Hungiville

“I now feel fine, so I’m going to stop taking this medication the doctor prescribed for me.”

How often have we heard our friends or relatives say this – or maybe we’ve said it ourselves?

Unfortunately, many patients with serious existing medical conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol or hypertension stop taking their medications every day because they either aren’t acknowledging their symptoms or don’t understand their prescriptions. Continue reading “How Does WellCare Help Patients Adhere to Their Medications?”

Raising Awareness for Our Nation’s Community Health Centers

By Ken Burdick

It’s National Health Center Week, a time to recognize and raise awareness for our nation’s community health centers.

Each year, community health centers serve more than 27 million Americans and report approximately 104 million visits annually—and the numbers continue to rise.

What makes these centers such a growing, critical resource? Continue reading “Raising Awareness for Our Nation’s Community Health Centers”

A Thanks to Our Interns on National Intern Day

WellCare’s 47 summer interns are nearly finished with their 12-week program, and we can think of no better day than July 26 – National Intern Day – to recognize their talents, hard work and efforts to support WellCare’s mission of helping our members live better, healthier lives.

With guidance from their people leaders and the Internship Advisory Board, WellCare interns are working across various lines of business, while learning about our corporate culture and mission to serve. Group activities have included a volunteering event with Feeding Tampa Bay, the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the Tampa Bay community, and speed-dating style meetings with members of WellCare’s executive leadership team. The interactive session allowed leaders to share an overview of their area, their educational background, career story and answer questions. Continue reading “A Thanks to Our Interns on National Intern Day”

Helping Arizonans Access Social and Human Services in Maricopa County

By Scott Cummings

At Care1st Health Plan Arizona, we value giving back to the communities we serve. When we saw a growing need for human services in the underserved Southwest Valley of Maricopa County, we seized the opportunity to find a solution that would benefit not only our members in the area, but the community as a whole.

During the Great Recession, the City of Avondale was hit particularly hard. Approximately 20 percent of homes went into foreclosure and a fragmented human services infrastructure could not fully support its growing number of residents in need. Continue reading “Helping Arizonans Access Social and Human Services in Maricopa County”

Pride Matters: How I Went from Liking to Loving My Job

By Robert Brennan

My husband, Chrys, and I moved to Florida almost four years ago from Washington, D.C. when he took a new job in Tampa. I had spent 15 years working in the government sector supporting various major IT software development initiatives in California for the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of State. These positions offered me a lot of job security and allowed me to be my true self at work. I was a bit apprehensive about my first corporate job because I wasn’t sure whether I would be accepted for who I am.

I didn’t need to worry for long. Continue reading “Pride Matters: How I Went from Liking to Loving My Job”

Celebrating WellCare’s Recognition from The Civic 50

By Rhonda Mims

For the second year, WellCare was named to The Civic 50 by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The Civic 50 is an initiative that honors the nation’s top community-minded companies for superior corporate citizenship.

This recognition is both an honor and a testament to WellCare’s strong mission to serve. We’ve created a corporate culture that places great emphasis on community investment, associate engagement and volunteerism as well as social public policy and overall impact. These categories are the same areas measured by this annual survey, which ranked WellCare among the nation’s most influential companies. Continue reading “Celebrating WellCare’s Recognition from The Civic 50”

Addressing Social Determinants of Health

By Ken Burdick

Imagine not having enough food to feed your family or no transportation to get to your doctor or local pharmacy. Consider what it would be like to live isolated without access to friends, family or support community.

This is a reality for millions of Americans impacted by so-called social determinants of health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these are the “conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live and age and include the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life.” Further research from the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates medical care accounts for only 10 to 20 percent of health outcomes; the rest can be attributed to individual behavior and social, environmental and genetic factors. Continue reading “Addressing Social Determinants of Health”

What Juneteenth Means to Me

By Simone E. Facey

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, honors the widely recognized end of slavery in the United States, and is an important holiday in American history.

On June 19, 1865, the Union Army rode into Galveston, Texas to declare freedom for the enslaved. Although the Emancipation Proclamation became effective in 1863, it took more than two years for its impact to be realized in Texas. It took even more time for slavery to be formally abolished through the 13th Amendment in late 1865. Juneteenth represents how the quest for freedom is winding and fraught with perseverance. Continue reading “What Juneteenth Means to Me”

Remembering Those Who Served on Memorial Day

By Ken Burdick

Today, we celebrate Memorial Day, a holiday specifically created to honor Americans who died while serving in our nation’s military. Since 1775, nearly 1 million brave men and women have lost their lives to protect our freedom. It’s an extraordinary sacrifice and one for which I’m incredibly grateful.

For many, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer; however, I hope that Americans will also take a moment to honor our veterans. On this day, we all have an opportunity to pay-it-forward and remember veterans who have given so much. Continue reading “Remembering Those Who Served on Memorial Day”