National Minority Mental Health Month: How WellCare Integrates Behavioral Health Care

As a psychiatrist practicing in the Chicago area for the past decade, I have seen firsthand the impact mental illness has on our communities, especially in minority and underserved populations.

Mental illness doesn’t discriminate and is almost equal in prevalence across racial and ethnic groups. The disparity is rooted in the fact that African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans and Latinos are less likely to receive diagnosis for their behavioral health issues and have less access to mental health services. Even when programs are in place, these groups may not take advantage of them due to social and cultural stigmas about mental illness. Continue reading “National Minority Mental Health Month: How WellCare Integrates Behavioral Health Care”

Making a Meaningful Difference

ken and yolandaI met Yolanda Flahive on Sept. 18, 2015, while in Hawaii to host a Town Hall for our ‘Ohana Health Plan associates. It was my first time traveling to our Hawaii market in Oahu as WellCare’s CEO, and I wanted to make sure that I had an opportunity to really engage with our associates, members, partners and programs. One program I was determined to see in action was the state’s Adult Foster Care (AFC) program, which we administer for approximately 800 ‘Ohana members. Continue reading “Making a Meaningful Difference”