ST. LOUIS, Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today the Centene Institute Youth Impact Award for Vaping Prevention, a curriculum and contest for adolescents ages 14 through 19 to raise awareness about vaping, e-cigarette use and prevention. As part of the challenge, students will learn about the vaping national public health epidemic and be empowered to take action by developing and submitting a 30 to 60-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) video to educate their peers about the dangers of vaping. The contest is accepting submissions from January 19 through April 16, 2021. Winners will be announced in early summer of 2021.
"E-cigarette use has increased dramatically among middle and high school students and is now the most commonly used tobacco product for this age range," said Ken Yamaguchi, M.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer for Centene. "The Youth Impact Award for Vaping Prevention aims to increase awareness and understanding for youth about the many negative effects of vaping and e-cigarette use."
In December 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared youth e-cigarette use a public health epidemic, and reported that e-cigarette use among U.S. middle and high school students increased 900% between 2011 and 2018. In addition, 2019 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration showed that more than 5 million U.S. youth, including over one in four high school students and about one in 10 middle school students, used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, increased awareness is needed for an additional health crisis affecting young adults across the nation. "The e-cigarette epidemic among youth, occurring concurrently with the COVID-19 pandemic, creates unchartered challenges for our nation's youth," said Mary Mason, M.D., Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer for the Centene Institute for Advanced Health Education. "Protecting youth from nicotine addiction and the lasting dangers resulting from vaping and e-cigarette use is particularly important during these unprecedented times."
Supported by Centene's foundational focus on whole health, the Centene Institute for Advanced Health Education provides health education for youth and young adults, all with the goal of driving early health literacy and preventive care. Additional focus of the Centene Institute is the development and implementation of accessible, interprofessional continuing education as empowering, research-informed educational activities that improve quality of care, performance of the healthcare team and health outcomes.
For more information on the Centene Institute Youth Impact Award for Vaping Prevention, please visit https://www.centeneinstituteaward.com/vapingprevention.
Centene Corporation, a Fortune 50 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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