Sunshine Health Donates Internet Devices to Florida Placement Agencies



FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, September 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Sunshine Health and its parent company, Centene Corporation, have partnered with AT&T, Connected Nation, Dell Technologies and Intel to bridge the digital divide for youth in foster care by enabling better internet access. Sunshine Health rolled out the K-12 Digital Divide program in Florida by donating technology to foster care agencies for distribution to young people in need.

As part of the K-12 Digital Divide program, Sunshine Health donated 500 laptops and 1,700 Wi-Fi hotspots to foster care agencies through Florida to distribute to young people in need. These packages will help young people connect to computer equipment to access the Internet for schoolwork, job search, telehealth, online tutoring, behavioral health services and other daily activities, helping to fill the gap. the digital divide. The following foster care agencies have received devices:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed challenges among vulnerable populations, such as foster children facing problems accessing the internet and computer equipment,” said Liz miller, President and CEO, Sun Health. “By providing these devices to foster youth, Sunshine Health is ensuring that the needs of young children are met, so they can continue to grow and progress.

The digital divide refers to the economic, educational and social inequalities between those who have access to the Internet and those who do not. For foster children who may face additional challenges in education, researchers suggest that online technology can be of huge benefit in this area. This digital divide was particularly prevalent and impactful during the COVID-19 pandemic, as computers and internet access were required for daily tasks, from attending school to visiting the doctor, which could ultimately have an impact on the health and general well-being of young people.

“On behalf of all of us at Brevard Family Partnership, we wish to express our sincere appreciation for the donation of so many computers and access points for our foster children throughout. Brevard County,” noted Phil scarpelli, CEO of the Brevard Family Partnership. “On a personal note, working with our partners at Sunshine Health has been an absolute blessing as they selflessly contribute to the success of our mission as we serve at-risk children who so deserve it. ”

“I am very grateful for the partnership with Sunshine Health which has enabled us to provide high speed internet access and laptops to our children placed outside the home,” said Shawna A. Novak, director of health and social services at the St. Johns County Council of County Commissioners. “High-speed internet has gone from being a luxury to a necessity, especially over the past year. Being able to ensure that all of our children, including those in rural and underserved areas, have access to reliable internet and high-performance computers is truly a blessing. ”

Sunshine Health supported Florida residents since 2007 through its Medicaid, Medicare and Ambette plans. Their efforts to address the social determinants of health reinforce their long-standing commitment to supporting the overall health of their communities, one person at a time.

About Sunshine Health

Based at Fort Lauderdale with offices statewide, Sunshine Health is one of the largest healthcare plans in the Florida. Providing coordinated care and a support network to our members, Sunshine Health transforms the health of the community, one person at a time. Sunshine Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a diverse and multinational health care company. We provide government sponsored managed care through Medicaid, Long Term Care, Medicare (Ambetter) and Medicare (Allwell). Sunshine Health is now affiliated with the WellCare Health Plan Florida health plans, including Staywell Health Plan and WellCare of Florida Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans. Our specialty plans include the Child Protection Specialty Plan serving children in or adopted from the state child protection system; and the Staywell Specialized Health Plan for People Living with Severe Mental Illness. Additionally, WellCare manages the Children’s Medical Services Health Plan on behalf of the Florida Department of Health, serving children and adolescents with special health care needs.

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