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Julie O’Brien to Address the Health Impact of Unmet Basic Needs in Low-Income, Diabetic Populations at Medicaid Health Plans of America Annual Conference

Julie O’Brien, PhD will join other esteemed panelists at this year’s Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) Conference to discuss research findings on health and unmet basic needs conducted by the Centene Center for Health Transformation.

Dr. O’Brien will be joined by Jeremy Corbett, MD, divisional Chief Health Officer of Envolve; Debra Smyers, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Sunshine Health Plan; and Jill Smith Erkens, RPh Senior Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services of Envolve’s pharmacy division. Each will bring their unique view as physician, health plan executive, and pharmacist to the discussion titled How Unmet Basic Needs Impact Health Behaviors of Low-Income, Diabetic Populations. The panel will examine research that has influenced an integrated approach to diabetes management at Envolve, an integrated healthcare solutions company.

“The Basic Needs Survey was conducted to help identify which fundamental needs and psychosocial factors are most common and most strongly associated with health outcomes,” stated Dr. O’Brien. “This research not only highlights the impact social determinants of health have on overall health, but solidifies the Centene Center’s mission to apply research findings for real-world impact.”

“Innovation at Work” is this year’s conference theme with an agenda made up of three innovation-focused tracks – technology, policy, and operations – each with sessions highlighting the role Managed Care Organizations play in supporting Medicaid and its members. The Centene Center is honored to have been chosen as a participant and to share the behavior based research findings that are helping to influence innovative and evidence-based healthcare interventions.

About The Centene Center for Health Transformation

The Centene Center for Health Transformation™ is a community-corporate-academic healthcare partnership that advances life-centric health research to improve lives so that communities can thrive. For more information regarding the Centene Center for Health Transformation, visit https://www.centenecenter.wustl.edu.

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