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 National Urban League has worked with Centene to advance its corporate purpose to transform the health of the community, one person at a time. 

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 Neidorff, National Urban League CEO and others cutting ribbon at the Community Empowerment Center in Ferguson, Missouri

The grand opening of the Community Empowerment Center in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Strong Youth Strong Communities

Strong Youth Strong Communities logo

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 kids ages 13–18 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.

Unlocking Potential

Aeneas Williams and Darrell Williams interact with teenagers on stageThe Pro Football Hall of Famers, like Aeneas Williams (left) and Darrell Williams (right) shown here, who support SYSC, use role-playing exercises to interact with the youngsters who participate in the SYSC Summits. Each lesson works to promote active thinking and sound judgment that kids can use in their daily lives. In addition to Summits, Strong Youth Strong Communities offers young people digital resources via web and mobile applications.

To date, SYSC Summits have been held in 24 cities, reaching nearly 8,500 kids across 16 states. Each time, Centene has teamed up with local partners that engage local leaders and mentors from the community to work with teens. With the onset of the pandemic, SYSC pivoted to virtual events in 2020. Two statewide digital events reached nearly 40,000 viewers with participation from each state’s governor, local youth organizations, and other community leaders and stakeholders.

 

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.

Centene partners with Beyond Differences to address this growing problem among today’s school-age children. Centene, with its health plans, hosts 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.

kids in school assembly 

Ending Social Isolation

In 2021, Centene's health plans helped promote awareness and drive change by hosting online events across the country. Community representatives from Centene's health plans partnered with schools to organize virtual No One Eats Alone Day assemblies, reaching more than 23,500 children in 47 schools with more events planned throughout the year.

Many of Centene's health plans participated by hosting events with schools in Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, and other states. Following Centene's local approach, each school put their own spin on the event.