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”

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”

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”

WellCare Associates Give Back During National Volunteer Month

WellCare is a mission-driven organization where our associates believe in giving back to the communities where we live and serve.

However, it’s the dedication of our more than 9,000 associates that make WellCare’s community efforts unique. Approximately 75 percent of our associates participate in WellCare Associate Volunteer Efforts (WAVE) each year—more than double the national average. But equally as significant, many of our associates serve multiple times throughout the year. Volunteerism is embedded in our culture and serves as a beacon for how our associates choose to live our mission and our values. Continue reading “WellCare Associates Give Back During National Volunteer Month”

Five Reasons to Schedule a Mammogram This May

By Dr. Traci Ferguson

Dear Mom,

Every May, we celebrate Mother’s Day – a time to honor you for your tireless commitment to giving us the love, care and guidance we need to be healthy and happy.

With your hectic schedule that includes everything from work, carpooling, making meals, helping with homework, and weekend and after-school activities, you always find time for others, which rarely leaves time for yourself. Yet, for long-term health, there is one thing all women over 40 years of age should make time for…a mammogram. Continue reading “Five Reasons to Schedule a Mammogram This May”

Making Our Planet a Priority

By Rhonda Mims

At WellCare, we believe what we stand for is equally as important as what we do and how we do it. And, an essential part of our mission-driven culture includes a commitment to our planet.

As the world celebrated Earth Day this past Sunday, I thought of WellCare’s commitment in which our more than 9,000 associates have the opportunity to participate in community-wide initiatives. We offer volunteer time off to support their efforts because being a reputable corporate citizen is critical at all levels of our company. Continue reading “Making Our Planet a Priority”

Introducing WellCare’s 2017 Annual Review

Each year, WellCare releases its Annual Review, a compilation of company updates and activities from the previous year. Our 2017 theme is “This is WellCare,” which embodies who we are and why we do what we do for our members, providers, government partners, communities and associates.

WellCare’s journey began in 1985. While our company has grown, our mission remains the same: to help our members live better, healthier lives. Much of this growth is due to the tireless dedication of our nearly 9,000 associates who put our values – Partnership, Integrity, Accountability and One Team – into action every day. We’ve built a culture that cares about results and how those results are achieved. Continue reading “Introducing WellCare’s 2017 Annual Review”

Partnerships at Work

By Ken Burdick

Partnership is one of our longstanding values and a vital part of WellCare’s business. And when we think about the future of healthcare, partnerships span a broad spectrum, from joining forces with government partners to collaborating with members to help them get healthy and stay healthy.

As an industry, we know that one of our most important partnerships is with primary care physicians. We forge these relationships through value-based agreements that reward for quality care rather than the number of procedures completed. Continue reading “Partnerships at Work”

MLK Day: A Time for Celebration, Reflection & Service

On Monday, our country recognizes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a leader in the American civil rights movement who dedicated his life to advancing civil rights and racial equality for African-Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice. Nearly 50 years since his death, Dr. King’s messages of social justice, fairness and service continue to resonate. Continue reading “MLK Day: A Time for Celebration, Reflection & Service”