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”

Do You Have an Action Plan for Your Asthma?

By Dr. Maria Samerson

Although potentially life threatening, asthma is a very common condition, effecting more than 26 million Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, despite being so prevalent, most asthma sufferers don’t have an asthma action plan in place to help them manage the disease. Continue reading “Do You Have an Action Plan for Your Asthma?”

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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Tomorrow, March 26, is Diabetes Alert Day

By Mark Leenay, M.D.

As a physician, I have seen firsthand the devastating complications type 2 diabetes can have on not only a patient, but also their families. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body’s blood glucose (sugar) levels are too high and can lead to serious complications such as kidney disease, blindness and amputations. Continue reading “Tomorrow, March 26, is Diabetes Alert Day”

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”

Are You Taking Your Medication Correctly?

 By Cynthia Miller

Sticking to your medication routine – known as medication adherence – means taking your medications as prescribed. The right dose, at the right time, in the right way and frequency.

Why is this important? Simply put, not taking your medicine as prescribed by a doctor or instructed by a pharmacist could lead to your health getting worse, hospitalization and possibly death. Continue reading “Are You Taking Your Medication Correctly?”

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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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”

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”

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”