National Urban League
The guiding principle of the National Urban League is to empower communities and change lives. As a national and community partner, the Urban League has worked with Centene to advance its corporate purpose to transform the health of the community, one person at a time.
Centene’s Chairman and CEO, Michael F. Neidorff, serves as president of the National Urban League Board of Trustees, and several Centene corporate and subsidiary executives are on the boards of local Urban League affiliates.
The Community Empowerment Center opened during the 2017 National Urban League Conference in July and is currently home to the Save Our Sons workforce and jobs training program.
Michael F. Neidorff joins National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial and Urban Leage of Metropolitan St. Louis Affiliate President and CEO Michael P. McMillan for the grand opening of the Community Empowerment Center in Ferguson, Missouri.
Centene has been working with UnidosUS, formally the National Council of La Raza, to bring the largest Hispanic annual conference, the Unidos National Latino Family Expo, to cities across America.
As part of the partnership, Centene's whole health subsidiary, Envolve Health, hosted the Path to Health and Wellness exhibit during the conference’s visits to four states, including Florida and California. In addition, visitors to the conference took part in a variety of health services and programs that Centene presented at the expo.
Envolve Health provided no-cost vision and dental screenings for hundreds of visitors during the expo and conference. For recent expos, Centene invited Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, to present nutritious cooking demonstrations and provide healthy meal samples.
Centene’s family of whole health solutions, Envolve, partnered with Unidos to host the Path to Health and Wellness exhibit during the Unidos National Latino Family Expo.
Strong Youth Strong Communities
As the official Youth Wellness Partner of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Centene, its health plans, and its health solutions subsidiary Envolve Health have partnered with the Hall of Fame to launch a nationwide awareness campaign designed to help young people identify tools and strategies that they can use to address many of the issues they face today.
The Strong Youth Strong Communities (SYSC) initiative focuses on investing in today’s youth as a way to impact current and future communities. The program brings teenagers together to learn lessons on life skills and leadership that help to unlock their potential. The Pro Football Hall of Famers who support SYSC work with the youngsters to promote active thinking and sound judgment and to enable them to connect with positive role models, leaders, and mentors who live in their communities.
A Unique Partnership Helps to Develop Future Leaders
As the official Youth Wellness Partner of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Centene and its health plans and subsidiaries have launched the Strong Youth Strong Community campaign designed to help kids ages 13–18 identify tools and strategies to develop leadership skills while addressing many of the negative issues they face today.
No One Eats Alone
Supporting children through strong community-based programs is important to Centene and its subsidiaries. Through these efforts, we are able to make a positive difference in the lives of children across the nation.
“Social isolation is a preventable public health problem, affecting millions of children every day who suffer in silence,” says Laura Talmus, co-founder and executive director of Beyond Differences, a national program that inspires middle-school students to end social isolation. In 2016, Centene partnered with Beyond Differences to address this growing problem among today’s school-age children. Centene, with its health plans, hosted a series of No One Eats Alone (NOEA) Day events at schools adopted by Centene health plans around the country.
NOEA lunchtime events introduce students to role-play exercises that teach ways to tear down the social barriers that result in social isolation.
Students are encouraged to join other students that they don’t normally eat with during lunch. The exercises highlight skills that promote inclusion while shining a light on situations that result in isolation among some students.