Addressing Social Determinants of Health: WellCare Study Examines Top Social Services Needs in First Half of 2019

By Rhonda Mims

Social determinants of health (SDOH) – the conditions in which we live, learn, work and play – can explain, in large part, why some Americans are healthier than others.

That’s why at WellCare, we go beyond healthcare, helping our members manage the many challenges of daily life.

Through our Community Connections program, we help connect our members and non- members, to needed resources – from food and housing to transportation and child care – all in an effort to eliminate barriers to care and pave a path toward better health and independence. Continue reading “Addressing Social Determinants of Health: WellCare Study Examines Top Social Services Needs in First Half of 2019”

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”