Cutting-edge research and insights from the Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change™ — 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 Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change 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 Envolve 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 Envolve 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 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 Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change have completed several in-depth studies on the 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.



Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change

The Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change is an industry-academic collaboration between the Brown School, Duke University and Centene Corporation. The partnership's mission is to create, evaluate, and advance innovative ways of improving managed care delivery by translating public health and behavioral economics research into effective practices and programs for better health outcomes.