WASHINGTON, April 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) today announced Centene Corporation as the recipient of its Hispanic Health Leadership Award. Centene is the first managed healthcare organization to be recognized with this award. The award will be presented at the National Hispanic Medical Association/Hispanic Dental Association's Joint Annual Conference on April 23 in Washington, D.C.
The National Hispanic Medical Association represents more than 50,000 practicing Hispanic physicians across the United States. The organization has played a key role in advancing health equity, promoting high quality care and developing strategies to address critical shortages in the healthcare workforce.
"NHMA is proud to recognize Centene as the recipient of the Hispanic Health Leadership Award," said Dr. Elena Rios, President of NHMA. "As a healthcare leader, Centene has demonstrated its commitment to transforming the health of our communities. The award recognizes the company's national initiatives and its local approach to bringing quality health programs and services to millions of individuals across the nation."
Founded as a single health plan in 1984, Centene provides a range of healthcare programs for under-insured and uninsured individuals. In addition, Centene provides specialty services that range from behavioral health to vision and dental benefits management, in-home healthcare and other health services. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Centene has business operations across 24 states and over 25,000 employees.
"We are appreciative of this special recognition from the National Hispanic Medical Association. It challenges us to continue to do what we do best, improve health outcomes for those we serve, thereby strengthening our communities," said Michael F. Neidorff, Centene's Chairman, President and CEO.
About National Hispanic Medical Association:
Established in 1994 in Washington, DC, the National Hispanic Medical Association is a non-profit association representing the interests of 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States. Its mission is to empower Hispanic physicians to lead efforts to improve the health of Hispanic and other underserved populations in collaboration with Hispanic state medical societies, residents, and medical students, and other public and private sector partners.
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