During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people across Arizona are facing challenges that extend beyond medical care and include basic daily needs such as food, internet connectivity, and essential supplies. Centene, a leading multi-national healthcare company, has partnered with various organizations to support efforts that address these social determinants of health. Arizona Complete Health, as part of the Centene family, will be deploying these programs locally in Arizona.
Social determinants of health are non-medical barriers to achieving quality health outcomes. They include socioeconomic and environment factors such as food accessibility, employment, education, and more. Research shows that medical care accounts for approximately 10 to 20 percent of health outcomes, while the other 80 to 90 percent is affected by the social determinants of health.
“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are far-reaching and have extended beyond medical care to affect people’s access to food, employment, connectivity, and more,” said Monica Coury, Arizona Complete Health spokesperson. “These social determinants of health have a significant impact on people’s overall wellbeing, especially among vulnerable populations. As part of the Centene family, Arizona Complete Health wants to help ensure we’re supporting the additional needs of communities during this challenging time.”
Hunger and Food Security
The demand on food banks has significantly increased during this pandemic, and it is estimated that these organizations will need an additional $1.4 billion in funding during the next six months to provide food assistance to people facing hunger. In partnership with the national hunger relief, non-profit Feeding America and its network of food banks, Centene, together with Arizona Complete Health, will coordinate the donation of $80,000 to support the needs of food banks across the State. Additionally, the health plan will coordinate the disbursement of 1,500 Walmart gift cards valued at $35 each for distribution to Arizonans in need.
Supporting Community Partners
As part of its active local involvement and recognizing the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on the economy, Arizona Complete Health will also offer grant opportunities totaling $250,000 to organizations that provide critical services to individuals and communities impacted by COVID-19 or to support organizations that have a history of serving Arizonans but now find themselves in need of financial support. For more information about these grant opportunities, visit https://www.azcompletehealth.com/about-us/community-giving.html.
Arizona Complete Health has been supporting Arizona residents for decades and is here today meeting the needs of Arizonans enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare and Marketplace. Their efforts to address the social determinants of health reinforce their long-standing commitment to supporting the whole health of their communities, one person at a time.
Arizona Complete Health, a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, provides and administers health benefits through individual, Medicaid, Medicare and dual eligible programs. Formerly known as Health Net of Arizona and Cenpatico Integrated Care, Arizona Complete Health offers Medicare Advantage coverage through its Allwell program and Marketplace coverage through Ambetter. For more information on Arizona Complete Health, please visit the company’s website at www.azcompletehealth.com.
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.