Centene Provides Personal Protective Equipment, Community Helpline Support, and Food Access to District of Columbia Residents amid COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation announced today it has engaged with local providers and community partners to support District of Columbia residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company will donate over 75,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Washington D.C. providers to enable them to meet the urgent needs of patients, as well as activate the Community Connections Helpline and increase access to quality food in areas facing food scarcity.
"Centene believes in a local approach to healthcare, and we understand the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having in the District of Columbia," said Wade Rakes, Regional Vice President at Centene. "We look forward to collaborating with providers and community organizations to support the residents of Washington D.C. during this difficult time."
Community Connections Helpline
Centene, in collaboration with health and social service providers, has activated the Community Connections Helpline. The helpline assists Washington D.C. residents in accessing social services when addressing their health and social needs. The Community Connection Helpline has the ability to make referrals for more than 70 types of social services, including transportation, medication assistance, access to healthy foods, and community-based healthy living programs. Washington D.C. residents can access the helpline at 1-866-775-2192.
"We need to be there for our communities in times of crisis," said Rakes. "We are pleased to leverage the resources at Centene to activate the Community Connections Helpline, which will connect those in need, especially in underserved communities, to the services they need now more than ever."
The demand for food donations has increased during this pandemic. To assist Washington D.C. residents facing food scarcity, Centene has partnered with THEARC Farm (Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus) and Bread for the City. The support from Centene will allow the organizations to increase food capacity by growing locally sourced fruits and vegetables and distributing the food to residents in need.
"As a pediatrician practicing for 26 years in the District, I have seen the negative impact of children raised in an environment of chronic food scarcity. Centene is committed to filling critical gaps in community resources both in the short and long term," said Gloria Wilder, M.D., M.P.H., Vice President, Innovation and Health Transformation at Centene, and President, Core Health and Wellness Centers DC.
"Bread for the City is grateful to receive support from Centene. With their help, we will continue to deliver groceries to homebound families across Washington D.C. - serving thousands of people every week, even when our food pantries are closed due to the pandemic," said George A. Jones, CEO of Bread for the City.
About Centene Corporation
Centene Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is a leading multi-national healthcare enterprise that is committed to helping people live healthier lives. The company takes a local approach – with local brands and local teams - to provide fully integrated, high-quality, and cost-effective services to government-sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Centene offers affordable and high-quality products to nearly 1 in 15 individuals across the nation, including Medicaid and Medicare members (including Medicare Prescription Drug Plans) as well as individuals and families served by the Health Insurance Marketplace, the TRICARE program, and individuals in correctional facilities. The Company also serves several international markets, and contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide a variety of specialty services focused on treating the whole person. Centene focuses on long-term growth and the development of its people, systems and capabilities so that it can better serve its members, providers, local communities, and government partners.
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Released May 20, 2020