By Dr. Nicholas Abid
Recently, a dear friend of mine received the phone call every parent dreads. His son “Joe,” a young man in his 40s, had committed suicide, leaving behind three young children and a fiancée.*
Joe had been struggling with depression for years. He recently suffered a number of stressors: his young daughter had been diagnosed with leukemia; his wife had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma and passed away within the last year; and, his mother had recently died of Alzheimer’s. Continue reading “Shining a Spotlight on Suicide During Men’s Health Month”
May is National Foster Care Month, a time to increase awareness of the 440,000 U.S. children living in the foster care system and how we can help improve their quality of life. Many foster youth face barriers to the education, care and resources they need to navigate adulthood successfully after leaving the foster care system.
Continue reading “Preparing America’s Foster Youth for Successful Futures”
Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone. Continue reading “What You Need to Know about Osteoporosis”
By Laura Hungiville
The results are in! On May 16, WellCare’s Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) was honored with the 2018 Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) Quality Improvement award, which recognizes the plan with the greatest combined improvement in Star Ratings from 2018 to 2019 on PQA medication measures used within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Part D Star Ratings program. PQA-endorsed measures include medication adherence related to diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol.
Continue reading “Award-Winning Health Programs Are Ultimately Good for Our Members”
By Robert Stanley London, M.D.
Today, being “busy” has become a way of life – from 24/7 communication to endless to-do lists. But despite busy schedules, we all need to commit the necessary time to take care of ourselves, both physically and mentally. As an obstetrician and gynecologist, I can say this is especially important for women who often overlook their own health and well-being to attend to their jobs or care for their families and friends. Continue reading “Turning the Spotlight on Women’s Health”
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”
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?”
By Bill Jones
Today prescription opioid abuse among pregnant women has reached epidemic proportions. From 1992 to 2012, expectant moms reporting prescription opioid abuse increased substantially from 2% to 28%. Here in Kentucky, we have one of the country’s highest rates of women diagnosed with opioid use disorder when giving birth. In 2014, such cases accounted for 19.3 out of every 1,000-delivery hospitalizations, well above the national average 6.5 per 1,000 for that year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading “Supporting Moms and Babies Impacted by Opioids in Kentucky”
By Kelly Munson
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, providing 31 days to raise awareness of viral hepatitis, a silent epidemic affecting more than five million people in the United States.
Continue reading “Treating Members with Hepatitis C 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.
Continue reading “The Care1st Avondale Resource Center Celebrates a Decade of Service in Arizona”
We all know that children can’t vote. So, who is looking out for them when it comes to legislation? Continue reading “Let’s Ensure Our Children’s Voices Are Heard”
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”