Honoring and Spotlighting Our Women Veterans
Centene proudly recognizes Women Veterans Day on June 12 and thanks the women team members who are veterans and current members of the armed forces. June 12 marks the anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, signed in 1948, which enabled women to serve as permanent, regular members of the armed forces.
Centene is steadfast in our commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, which includes developing and retaining women leaders and promoting the success of service members, veterans, reservists, and their families. Women team members have key leadership roles across Centene, from our Board of Directors and Executive Leaders to employees in our health plans who work directly with members every day.
Two Centene women who are veterans shared their perspectives on how military service has influenced their careers.
Helene Jacobson, Clinical Pharmacist, Sunshine Health, served at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, as a pharmacist from 2008 to 2011.
“As a Navy officer, I was provided the opportunity to lead and mentor,” says Helene. “I believe this primed me to say ‘yes’ to new opportunities and growth. The military had consistent change in team personnel as people were deployed and moved to other bases at the end of serving a tour. Centene and healthcare is ever evolving and serving in the military set me up to embrace constant changes with a positive outlook and to value the importance of teamwork.”
Cora Olivas, Program Coordinator II, Case Management, Arizona Complete Health, served in the U.S. Army from 1970-1972.
“My military training further ingrained a deep sense of respect for myself and others, a longing for people, places, and things of honor, team-building with pride and participation, and organizational and problem-solving skills,” says Cora. “Coupled with my childhood upbringing and education, these characteristics and skills honed my success at home, in the community, and on the job.”
The team members also shared ways we can all extend allyship to veterans and those in the armed forces.
“Employees can be better allies to our veterans and those in the Armed Forces by supporting [the] military and veterans in our communities and by supporting veteran charities and veteran-owned businesses,” says Helene.
“Interact with our local armed forces and recognize service members by inviting color guards to the raising of our flag on U.S. Flag Day, invite former POWs to speak at National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and place flags/wreaths on grave sites on Memorial Day and National Wreaths Across America Day,” says Cora.
Centene’s Veterans and Military Families Employee Inclusion Group (CENVET) provides further guidance on how team members can actively support those who have served our country. Learn more about CENVET and our other Employee Inclusion Groups.