Cutting-edge research and insights from the Centene Center for Health Transformation™ — a unique partnership between Centene, the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University — is showing us new ways to effect positive change in the millions of individuals we serve.

 

The Centene Center for Health TransformationTM creates an intersection between Centene’s insights on managed care and the research and evaluation expertise of the Brown School and the Center for Advanced Hindsight. By interpreting the science of behavior change and developing practical strategies and interventions that result in sustainable health behavior change, the Centene Center is positioned to improve the effectiveness of healthcare delivery while influencing positive health outcomes and reducing the economic burdens of poorhealth on individuals and society.

The Centene Center is currently working with Centene’s Louisiana, Missouri and Florida health plans to evaluate the impact peer coaches have on reducing childhood obesity, specifically dietary and activity habits. The Centene Center is also looking beyond the instruction that members receive about healthy behaviors to learn how neighbors, family members and friends can influence and work together for better health outcomes.

 

Barriers to Better Health: What keeps us from being healthy?

​​​Researchers at the Centene Center for Health Transformation have completed several in-depth studies on Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) and found that members who have unmet basic needs are more likely to have negative health outcomes. The findings validate the belief that addressing SDoH is essential for more effectively improving individual and community health.