WellCare Donates $50,000 to Live Well Omaha to Support Healthy Home Inspections in Douglas County
LINCOLN, Neb. And TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — WellCare of Nebraska, a WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) organization, introduced today it has donated $50,000 to guide Live Well Omaha, a neighborhood coalition and its Healthy Homes inspections pilot. The donation will help figure outhouses that have tested tremendously for lead paint or allergies triggers impacting kids and families living in Douglas County.
According to the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, a member of the Live Well Omaha coalition, lead is a substantial environmental health chance to kids in Douglas County. Approximately 678 kids inside the county have blood lead tiers exceeding the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) stage of the problem. In 2015, six percent of Omaha-place youngsters had bronchial asthma. Of these children, 31 percent had urgent or emergency care visits to treat bronchial asthma, and 35 percent of their mother and father missed at the least someday of labor to provide care.
To assist create healthier houses for youngsters and households in Douglas County, WellCare’s donation will support the coalition’s application of the Wyatt Tool, a Healthy Home evaluation tool used to pick out unhealthy triggers inside a property and refer the inhabitants to sources for abatement. This service will immediately impact citizens residing in Douglas County public and voucher homes.
Residents whose homes are determined with the Wyatt Tool’s aid to have hazardous stages of lead paint or allergens can be linked via the coalition with the right entity for intervention. The coalition intends to have one hundred percent of the target populace residences inspected with this tool through 2025.
“Healthy homes can result in an extended satisfactory of lifestyles for kids and parents, fewer overlooked college and painting days, reduced healthcare prices, and more healthy groups,” said Lou Gianquinto, meantime nation president, WellCare of Nebraska. “As an agency pushed via our challenge to help our members live higher, more healthy lives, we are thrilled to partner with Live Well Omaha to sell safer, more healthy housing for children and families residing with bronchial asthma in Douglas County.”
Live Well Omaha Coalition members include Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Omaha Housing Authority, Douglas County Health Department, Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC), University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, and the City of Omaha’s Planning Department. To analyze more about Live Well Omaha,