Centene Partners With Washington University In St. Louis And Duke University To Launch The Envolve Center For Health Behavior Change
The personal health risk behaviors millions of Americans engage in have led to a health crisis in
The Envolve Center is a unique industry-academic partnership that will translate the science of behavior change and public health research evidence into practical strategies that foster sustainable change in health-related behaviors. Moving beyond providing information to using proven, behavior-based techniques, the Envolve Center will be positioned to contribute to the healthcare research knowledge base, influence positive health outcomes and reduce the economic burden of poor health on individuals and society.
This partnership brings together academic and industry leaders in the science of behavior change including:
Centene'snewly rebranded specialty division, Envolve™ The Brown Schoolat Washington Universityin St. Louis Duke University's Center for Advanced Hindsight
"The Envolve Center not only brings together some of the brightest minds in the world, but by creating a partnership between leading universities and our health behavior change business, it also provides the potential to improve millions of lives," said
The Envolve Center's research leadership team comprises world-renowned scholars in the fields of behavioral economics, health communication, obesity prevention, and social and economic development.
Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University; Founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight Debra Haire-Joshu, Joyce Wood Professor, Brown School; Director, Center for Diabetes Translation Research; Director, Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research, Washington Universityin St. Louis Matthew Kreuter, Associate Dean for Public Health, Kahn Family Professor of Public Health, Brown School; Founder and Senior Scientist, Health Communication Research Laboratory, Washington Universityin St. Louis
"The most compelling aspect of this partnership is that industry and academia are coming together with a shared mission of using cutting-edge science to improve the health of millions of Americans," said
"Some of the most important and devastating irrational behaviors play out in healthcare. So many of our bad health outcomes are caused by small mistakes that we do every day: overeating, not washing our hands, not exercising, etc." said
The Envolve Center's leadership team has developed a multi-pronged approach to drive positive health outcomes, prevent disease and ultimately reduce the economic burden of healthcare costs by addressing areas of preventable health risk. The initial research agenda will prioritize:
- Using insights of behavioral economics to promote health behavior change
- Tailoring communications for improved health outcomes
- Designing and implementing an inter-generational lifestyle change program for parents and children
The launch event of the Envolve Center will occur on
Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored/hybrid programs, and Medicare. The Company operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, in-home health services, life and health management, managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.
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