Reflecting on Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

A sobering reminder we all have a mission to serve

By Ken Burdick

This month, two catastrophic hurricanes—Harvey and Irma—wreaked havoc on much of the Southeast, leading to dozens of deaths, billions of dollars in damages, and millions without power and needed resources.

The devastating impact of these storms was driven home by shocking images of flooded hospitals, nursing homes and neighborhoods; overwhelmed storm shelters; and dangerous fallen power lines and trees.

As we work to rebuild our cities and support our displaced neighbors and friends, let this be a sobering reminder that in emergencies, we all have a responsibility to protect the most-fragile members of our society. Continue reading “Reflecting on Hurricanes Irma and Harvey”

Supporting Seniors and Innovative Community-Based Programs During Healthy Aging Month

By Mackie Hicks

Americans are living longer than ever before. According to recent statistics, 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day. While many seniors live active and healthy lifestyles, there’s no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. Many seniors also face social barriers that can impact their health, whether it’s loneliness and isolation or lack of resources, such as transportation and access to health care.

That’s why at WellCare, we believe innovative community-based programs are critical to support our members as they age. We work to help remove social barriers to health and to ensure our members and communities have the services they need.  Continue reading “Supporting Seniors and Innovative Community-Based Programs During Healthy Aging Month”

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”