Consumers’ Needs and Wants in the Digital Age

By Sally Poblete, Founder and CEO, Wellthie

Open enrollment is right around the corner and individuals are prepared to shop. While many consumers have already bought plans, 33 million Americans remain uninsured. The uninsured may be waiting in the wings because the process of purchasing health insurance is complex and information is all too often unclear. However, today’s consumers are savvy…

Local 94’s Bill Caramico: Educating for a Union Future

By Steven Wishnia, LaborPress

“I’m not a labor hero,” insists William Caramico (pictured above) of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 94. “I’m telling the stories of the true labor heroes.” Caramico, 61, a mechanic and shop steward at the New York Post printing plant, teaches classes on labor history to new Local 94 members as part of their three-year technical training program. He brings a lot of passion and fervor to it…

Evet Stephens Made History

By Joe Maniscalco, LaborPress

The last thing Evet Stephen’s (pictured above, right) parents wanted for their daughter back in 1987 was for her to become an operating engineer. But that’s exactly what the former National Guard member did, becoming IUOE Local 14-14bB’s first African-American female member upon leaving the military and completing the union’s rigorous four-and-a-half year Apprenticeship Program…

Protect Yourself Against Breast Cancer

Each year more than 230,000 women in the U.S. get breast cancer. Screening and early detection can help fight breast cancer at its earliest stages…

Iraq Veteran, Honored Ironworker: Roberto LeFurgy

By Joe Maniscalco, LaborPress

Four years ago, Local 361 apprentice Rob LeFurgy (pictured above, center) wasn’t even sure what an ironworker did. All the decorated Iraqi war veteran knew for certain was that he sorely missed the brotherhood and sense of higher purpose he had known serving in the U.S. Army. Becoming an ironworker, however, has gone a long way to satisfying those intense feelings of longing and restoring the 28-year-old Oakdale, Long Island resident’s hope in a brighter future…

Paying Tribute to the Heroes of Labor

By Karen Ignagni
President and CEO, EmblemHealth

Every year, the men and women who work at EmblemHealth look forward to partnering with LaborPress to present the Heroes of Labor awards. This year, I am honored to join my colleagues in paying tribute to the brave, imaginative and pathbreaking union members who keep us safe, make our lives better, and are role models for our children…

Embracing the Health-Conscious Consumer

Consumers are more health conscious than ever, demanding healthier products and services. In response, brands across all industries are increasingly focused on helping people achieve their health goals. EmblemHealth has a long commitment to helping all New Yorkers stay healthy, get well and live better. During 2015 Advertising Week, a four-day event featuring inspiring thought…

" I am thrilled that Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is able to collaborate with EmblemHealth as we move forward with a new initiative focusing on family caregivers. We already have learned so much from the work of Greg Johnson, who provided the leadership that has made the family caregiver program at EmblemHealth so outstanding, and we are confident that there is even more we can learn together that will improve the lives of family caregivers and those for whom they care. "W. Daniel Hale, Ph.D. Special Advisor, Office of the President Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Faith in Action — A Celebration of Family Caregiving

EmblemHealth has been a leader in the arena of family caregiving. Our innovative Care for the Family Caregiver Program — introduced over a decade ago — serves the growing community of nonprofessionals who provide unpaid care to their loved ones, often at great personal cost. Today, our work is local, national and international, not only…

" In honor of National Physician Assistants (PA) week, EmblemHealth proudly recognizes all hardworking PAs who provide outstanding quality care to our members. We thank you for your continuous commitment to the people of New York and the services you provide so they can stay healthy, get well and live better. Join me in saying thanks — we greatly appreciate your tireless dedication to patient care, and recognize the positive impact you make in health care. "Dr. Joseph Zeitlin, Chief Medical Officer, EmblemHealth

Celebrating Our Commitment to Our Customers

By Suzanne Ronner, VP, Customer Experience, EmblemHealth

Today’s shifting health insurance landscape is putting the consumer at the center and that’s exactly where they should be. Our world is fast-paced and constantly moving. We understand we need to adapt along with it in order to meet the needs of our customers and help them live the healthiest lives they can…

Accessible Health Care

Academy of Medical & Public Health Services has been honored a Commitment to Care Award for eliminating barriers to clinical health care for underserved immigrant populations. Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 and dedicated to offering accessible health care to underserved immigrant populations. AMPHS strongly believes…

Economic Development and Cultural Awareness

The Flushing Chinese Business Association (FCBA), Inc. has been awarded a Commitment to Care Award for promoting economic development and cultural awareness. The Flushing Chinese Business Association (FCBA), Inc. was founded in 1982 as a nonprofit business membership organization. It focuses its efforts on fostering the commercial and economic development of Flushing, while facilitating a…

Aging and Cultural Sensitivity

The Chinese American Planning Council – Nan Shan Senior Center — has been awarded a Commitment to Care Award for ensuring graceful aging with dignity and cultural sensitivity. Its mission is to serve the Chinese-American, immigrant and low-income communities in New York City by providing services, skills and resources towards economic self-sufficiency. As one of…

Tips for Caregivers: Preparing for an Emergency

As Hurricane Joaquin threatens to make landfall on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, many are reminded of another October storm, Hurricane Sandy, and the havoc it caused. Being prepared for an emergency is important, especially so for caregivers who are responsible for their loved ones. The Federal Emergency Mangement Agency (FEMA) has suggests the following areas…

Commitment to Care

By Joseph Shen, Sr. Director, Applications Development, EmblemHealth

I am never more proud of working at EmblemHealth than when we honor the unsung heroes of New York’s communities — the nonprofit organizations that are truly making a difference in the lives of people who need them the most. One of the most meaningful programs that EmblemHealth hosts in our communities is the Commitment to Care Lecture and Award Series…

Tips to Stay Mentally Sharp

By Christopher Peralta, Wellness Coach, EmblemHealth

This year, September 27–October 3 marks the observance of the International Council on Aging’s Active Aging Week. While this week is intended to help older adults experience physical activity in a safe and fun way, staying mentally sharp is equally important…

Welcome Dr. Scott Breidbart, Chief Clinical Officer

EmblemHealth is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Scott Breidbart, MD, MBA, as Chief Clinical Officer. Reporting directly to Karen Ignagni, President and CEO, Dr. Breidbart will be an integral member of the senior leadership team as EmblemHealth works to lead the region in quality-based payment models. “Scott has a distinguished record of performance….

Event! A Celebration of Family Caregiving: Unity in Diversity

Join us for a celebration of family caregiving at the 4th Annual William S. Perper Symposium. Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Location: New York Academy of Medicine (use the 103rd Street entrance) Senior leadership from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, EmblemHealth and the New York City Partnership for Family…