Community Heroes Honored Throughout NYC

WellCare Health Honors Community Leaders

HEALTH- The 2018 WellCare Community Heroes awards are based on nominations received from Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. WellCare’s Community Connections sponsor the Community Heroes award program to recognize unsung heroes in our communities. 

The awards honor community members and healthcare professionals who take action to improve our communities.

For six years, Rocio Garcia has helped transform the Soundview Community Partnership Program through activities like the

annual women’s empowerment event, Father’s Day BBQ and a back-to-school event to help disenfranchised children prepare for a new school year. She is also a domestic violence advocate with Violence Intervention Program, Inc. in the Bronx.

Rocio Garcia, Maxine Ketcher, joined by WellCare Associates Stephen Ritz is the founder of Green Bronx Machine, which pioneered the use of indoor, urban agriculture in the South

Bronx. Through his work, Ritz founded the first edible classroom in America, which regularly feeds 450 students. His indoor and outdoor farms across the community provide food, workforce development and community access, while transforming culture and academic performance in schools.

For 10 years, Jessica Chacha has worked to bring greater community resources to families in northwest Queens. As co-founder of the Together We Can Community Resource Center, Inc., she has held resource fairs, events and workshops, with a focus on supporting immigrant families and closing gaps to bring

resources to those in need.

Camera Jackson is the founder of Elite Learners, a school- and community-based organization providing athletic, educational

and mentorship programming to youth and their families.

Through her work, she manages an athletic program, a mentoring program for young men and women, and a program for foster children transitioning out of foster care.

For the past three decades, Joseph Corace has been serving his community, through Kiwanis. Corace joined Kiwanis in 1984, and is a charter member of the Mapleton Kiwanis Club, serves as the club’s president. He also serves on the board of VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired and has been active in the Brooklyn School for Special Children, the Coney Island Sharks Football Association and the Rory Sparrow Foundation.

After battling her own substance abuse challenges, Jada Hawthorne sought out the Alliance for Positive Change for support with her addiction. Since then, she has made it her mission to help others. Today, as a client liaison with the alliance, she is the first person program

participants meet when they walk in the door, and she greets them with enthusiasm and compassion.

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses primarily on providing government-sponsored managed care services to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, as well as individuals in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

WellCare serves approximately 5.5 million members nationwide as of September 30, 2018. For more information about WellCare, please

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