Centene Corporation Announces Envolve Center Name Change To The Centene Center for Health Transformation

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today that the Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change, a community-corporate-academic healthcare partnership between Centene, Washington University in St. Louis, and Duke University, is changing its name to the Centene Center for Health Transformation™.

The Centene Center for Health Transformation emerged as a formal, funded collaboration after years of a shared vision between leadership of Washington University in St. Louis and Centene Corporation. Thought leaders from both organizations envisioned an entity that could leverage academic research expertise and Centene's industry resources to create and implement evidence-based innovations that could concretely improve the health of vulnerable populations across the country.

"The Centene Center for Health Transformation's mission is advancing life-centric health research to improve lives so communities can thrive," said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman and CEO for Centene. "The Center aligns with our purpose of transforming the health of the community, one person at a time."  

The Centene Center for Health Transformation plans to expand its research and reach, foster research collaborations, catalyze new ideas, demonstrate thought leadership, and assist investigators in the development of new research that is important to individuals and communities. To date, the collaboration has completed 12 studies ranging from unmet basic needs to diabetes management and has published three papers. Sixteen additional studies are planned to begin or come to fruition in the next 18 months.

As part of the name change, the Centene Center for Health Transformation has launched a new website with improved user accessibility and interactivity including in-depth display of current, past, and planned evidence-based research studies with applicable findings; educational videos, presentation events, and webinars; and online capabilities for interested organizations/partners to communicate with the Center. The new website can be found at http://www.centenecenter.wustl.edu/.

About Centene Corporation
Centene Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), in addition to other state-sponsored programs, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly known as "Part D"), dual eligible programs and programs with the U.S. Department of Defense. Centene also provides healthcare services to groups and individuals delivered through commercial health plans. Centene operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, commercial programs, home-based primary care services, life and health management, vision benefits management, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.

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About the Centene Center for Health Transformation™
The Centene Center for Health Transformation is a partnership between Washington University in St. Louis, The Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University and Centene Corporation. The Centene Center advances life-centric health research to improve lives so that communities can thrive.

About the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis creates positive social change through its path-breaking research and educational excellence. The Brown School offers doctoral, Master of Social Work, and Master of Public Health degrees, and its MSW program is ranked number one in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The School's international community of faculty, students and graduates works throughout St. Louis, across the country and worldwide to apply new knowledge and use the best available evidence to impact policy, practice and service delivery. The School is also home to 13 research centers and applied programs. For more information, visit brownschool.wustl.edu.  

About Duke University's Center for Advanced Hindsight
The Center for Advanced Hindsight (CAH) at Duke University seeks to apply evidence based behavioral insights to real world problems and rigorously test their impact. The CAH team has vast experience in designing and implementing interventions that draw on behavioral economics to produce positive changes in consumer financial and health behaviors, including those related to medication adherence, exercise, nutrition and health policy. A core focus of CAH is the dissemination of science to the greater public and translation of research findings into practice.

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