Centene Corporation announced today that it is a Platinum Level Sponsor for the National Council of La Raza Annual Conference, to be held July 11-14 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. As part of its participation and sponsorship in this conference, Centene and its subsidiaries will host a series of health events including a health town hall and an anti-bullying workshop for youth, and will also provide free vision and dental screenings during the conference.
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. The organization works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia by conducting applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy.
“The National Council of La Raza is an incredible organization with a mission and values that align with Centene’s purpose of transforming the health of the community, one person at a time,” said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO of Centene Corporation. “Centene’s sponsorship and participation in this event is part of our continued dedication to ensure individuals of all backgrounds and socio-economic statuses have access to quality, affordable healthcare. We are privileged to be a part of this national conference.”
The full list of Centene- and subsidiary-hosted events at the Conference and Expo includes:
- A “Path to Health and Wellness”: Presentations, massage stations, educational materials, healthy cooking demonstrations with Goya Foods, a caricature artist, and raffle prizes all at the Centene booth. Goya Foods will present cultural cooking demos, MyPlate recipes, and nutrition health workshops on how cultural foods help with eye health, weight loss, diabetes, blood pressure and more. Goya will also offer free samples of GOYA® foods, a free GOYA® gift bag of products to make a GOYA® MyPlate recipe, GOYA® MyPlate recipe books and more.
- NFL Hall of Famer Darrell Green will make appearances to engage audiences as he speaks about health, wellness and the impact of bullying.
- OptiCare will conduct vision screenings for adults and children. They will also provide exams for youth 18 and under who do not pass the initial screening. OptiCare will offer free prescription eyewear for children in need of glasses and give away free reading glasses for adults. Last year at the NCLR conference, OptiCare distributed over 1,000 reading and 60 prescription glasses.
- Dental Health and Wellness, in partnership with Colgate-Palmolive Company and Nevin K. Waters DDS, will offer dental screenings for adults and children. Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures dental van program will provide free education, screenings and treatment referrals to children up to 12 years old. Nevin K. Waters DDS will provide exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants for attendees 18 and under on the Big Smiles mobile unit. Attendees can also “Ask the Dentist” on their questions related to oral health.