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”

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”

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Dr. Mark Leenay

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness.

That’s why May is a month to bring awareness to mental health issues.

At WellCare, we place a significant emphasis on mental health—not only in May—but throughout the year. We use a coordinated, holistic approach to care for our members based on their unique physical, behavioral, pharmaceutical and social needs because we believe this integrated approach helps our members live better, healthier lives. Continue reading “May is Mental Health Awareness 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”

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”

WellCare Honors Our Nation’s Military

WellCare employs military veterans and active duty military personnel as well as spouses of veterans and those on active duty. Veterans Day is an opportunity to pause and show our support for those who wore – or still wear – our nation’s uniform. Two associates share their thoughts on how civilians might honor our veterans.

Megan DePecol is director of talent acquisition in WellCare’s human resources area. She enlisted in the air force after high school and, by the time her military stint had ended four-and-a-half years later, she had achieved the rank of E4. Megan was stationed at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea and Aviano Air Base in Italy where she supported Operation Deny Flight and Operation Deliberate Fore, NATO-backed campaigns related to the Bosnian War.

Rebecca Staggs is a senior network development representative. She served as a navy petty officer third-class areographer’s mate. “That’s a really fancy way of saying I was a weather-guesser,” she quips. Rebecca served four years of active duty and another four in the reserves. She participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Part of Rebecca’s time was spent on the USS George Washington CVN 73, a nuclear aircraft carrier, and in Sasebo, Japan. Continue reading “WellCare Honors Our Nation’s Military”