The Importance of Celebrating Diversity and Giving Back During Hispanic Heritage Month

By Gregg MacDonald

At WellCare, we take great pride in celebrating the diversity of our members and our associates.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (celebrated Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), we recognize the culture, traditions, history and important contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 60 million people, or 18% of the U.S. population, identifies as Hispanic or Latino in origin – the largest minority in the United States. Continue reading “The Importance of Celebrating Diversity and Giving Back During Hispanic Heritage Month”

WellCare Celebrates 50 Years of Pride

By Mike Radu

This month, the nation celebrates Pride Month, but this year is particularly special as we recognize the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. This dark period in our history became the catalyst for the modern movement for LGBTQ+ equality in the United States and around the world, and WellCare associates are proud to join in and show their true colors of diversity and inclusion.

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Being Community-Minded Is a WellCare Business Imperative

By Rhonda Mims

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, has named WellCare Health Plans, Inc. one of 2019’s 50 most community-minded companies in America. This is the third consecutive year our company has made the coveted list, which is based on The Civic 50 annual survey.

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Preparing America’s Foster Youth for Successful Futures

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to increase awareness of the 440,000 U.S. children living in the foster care system and how we can help improve their quality of life. Many foster youth face barriers to the education, care and resources they need to navigate adulthood successfully after leaving the foster care system.

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Fostering a Spirit of Volunteerism to Help Change Lives

By Rhonda Mims

The notion of giving back to the communities WellCare serves is intrinsically embedded in the very fabric of our company. Our associates are not only encouraged to volunteer, but the company fosters that spirit by supporting their contributions and creating opportunities to give back through the WellCare Associate Volunteer Efforts (WAVE) program.

A fixture of WellCare’s culture, WAVE helps our associates to gain an even deeper appreciation of the needs and critical issues our members face and contribute to the communities in which they live. At the same time, WellCare recognizes that participating in volunteer opportunities will also enrich and inspire the lives of our associates and connect them to others. Continue reading “Fostering a Spirit of Volunteerism to Help Change Lives”

The Care1st Avondale Resource Center Celebrates a Decade of Service in Arizona

By Scott Cummings

April marks a decade of service for the Care1st Avondale Resource Center.

Ten years ago, Avondale had a limited human services system. If left this way, it could not support its residents. Care1st Health Plan Arizona (Care1st) knew there was a need for these types of services in this underserved area. With this in mind, we sought to find a way to help not only our members, but the community as a whole.

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Healthy Smiles Start With Early Education

Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good health throughout life. This is true for many things, like introducing healthy foods, fun exercise and good dental hygiene habits.

According to the American Dental Association, children’s teeth are at risk for decay as soon as they appear, usually when the child is six months old. However, they are also very important for the baby’s development and health-impacting the way to jaw grows, how a baby forms words and eats. Poor oral care, however, can lead to infection, disease, and other teeth and health problems. Continue reading “Healthy Smiles Start With Early Education”

Early Childhood Education Supports Healthy Development and Academic Success

By Scott Cummings

February is Early Childhood Education Awareness Month, an ideal time to reflect on what’s best for our children and how to kick-start healthy development from a young age. The early child period − between birth to five years old − is the most important developmental phase, as it impacts long-term social, cognitive, emotional and physical development in children.

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Assisting Families with Food Allergies Access Healthy Foods in Kansas City

Now more than ever, grocery stores and food companies provide us with an abundance of information about potential allergens in our food. Most of us have choices if we are allergic to nuts, wheat or to any of the other more than 170 foods that have been reported to cause reactions. Continue reading “Assisting Families with Food Allergies Access Healthy Foods in Kansas City”

Helping Foster Youth Achieve Education, Healthy Adulthoods in Arizona

It’s the time of year high school seniors and their parents are often warned about.

Fresh off winter break, many students begin to lag – missing class, not doing homework, or getting lower grades on assignments – all signs of the ever-present “senioritis.”

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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”