“Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is a vital part of how we serve our members and communities. Being representative of the communities we serve allows us to see challenges the way our members do and innovate to offer solutions to meet those challenges.”
In 1984, when Elizabeth “Betty” Brinn founded a single Medicaid plan in Milwaukee, women owned just 10 percent of businesses in the United States. That fact didn’t discourage her; she wanted to help people who were falling through the cracks of the healthcare system. For Brinn, the challenge also presented a way to provide employment opportunities for women returning to the workplace.
Today, Centene, the company Brinn founded, is proud to be one of the largest healthcare companies in the world. We are singularly focused on our purpose – transforming the health of our communities, one person at a time. As our business footprint has expanded, so has our commitment to diversity and inclusion. In order to deliver culturally sensitive healthcare to our members, we depend on the diverse ideas, experiences, and cultures that our employees, located around the globe, bring to the workplace. By working with small and diverse suppliers, we tap into new ideas that add value to our businesses and help us provide innovative solutions to our members.
At IlliniCare Health, we are dedicated to supporting local, diverse businesses in our communities. This includes businesses run by minorities, women, or individuals with disabilities. Becoming an Illinois Certified Business Enterprise Program (BEP) vendor gives you the opportunity to grow your business, increase your revenues, and enhance your credentials. IlliniCare Health is committed to our BEP partnerships and monitors partnership performance on an ongoing basis.
In 2018, IlliniCare Health spent over $23 million across 80+ minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses.
Leslie W. Naamon
IlliniCare Health CEO
We encourage YOU to learn more about our efforts!