WellCare Donates $3,000 to Children’s Safety Village to Promote Child Safety in Central Florida

WellCare's donation will be used for three, free community events designed to teach water and transportation safety, prevent drowning and heatstroke, and provide strategies to combat cyberbullying.

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The Children's Safety Village is located in Orlando, Fla. on a nine acre property site that is near the Central Florida Fairgrounds.

WellCare’s support and generous donation are vital to meeting the growing need for safety education and injury prevention in our community.

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) December 20, 2013

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), through its Staywell Health Plan, recently donated $3,000 to Children’s Safety Village of Central Florida, Inc. (CSV) to help children learn to recognize safety hazards, and acquire the safety skills that can prevent accidents and injuries.

The donation will be used for three, free community events designed to teach water and transportation safety, prevent drowning and heatstroke, and provide strategies to combat cyberbullying. Interactive demonstrations will be held on each safety topic.

“Childhood injuries are a growing public health problem, but there are proven ways to reduce both the likelihood and severity of these injuries through education and prevention,” said Juanita Black, executive director, CSV. “WellCare’s support and generous donation are vital to meeting the growing need for safety education and injury prevention in our community.”

“WellCare has a focus on preventive health, and learning how to stay safe at an early age is critical to long-term wellbeing,” said David McNichols, state president, WellCare of Florida. “By working with CSV, we can help give our children the tools they need to be safe and lead better, healthier lives.”

CSV operates a child-sized “city” in Orlando, Fla., to teach essential safety skills. The city mirrors a typical community with miniature buildings, paved streets, sidewalks, a functioning traffic light, railroad crossing, fire safety house, power plant and a water safety complex. It hosts schools, day care centers, Head Start programs and groups interested in teaching children how to identify and confront everyday safety hazards. Classes and activities are continuously provided in an effort to reduce preventable injuries and deaths in children ages 0 – 14. More information about CSV programs and upcoming safety events can be found by visiting http://www.childrenssafetyvillagefl.org.

As of Sept. 30, 2013, WellCare serves approximately 390,000 Medicaid plan members, 80,000 Florida Healthy Kids members, 84,000 Medicare Advantage plan members and 39,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Florida.

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind, and disabled, as well as prescription drug plans. The company serves approximately 2.8 million members nationwide as of Sept. 30, 2013. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at http://www.wellcare.com.

About Children’s Safety Village of Central Florida, Inc.
The mission of the Children’s Safety Village of Central Florida (CSV) is to significantly reduce preventable accidents, injuries, and fatalities among our young children by providing unique and innovative safety educational programs and services for children and families throughout the Central Florida community. Since 2010, the CSV has focused its efforts on educating the Central Florida community (Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties) on a wide variety of subjects related to the prevention of injuries and deaths stemming from lack of knowledge and understanding of child and family safety. Our primary purpose is to provide unique and innovative programs that involve role-playing scenarios and hands-on exercises through direct, active engagement with children, parents and teachers and provide them with the tools and information they need to educate for life safety. For more information about CSV, please visit http://www.childrenssafetyvillagefl.org.

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CONTACTS:
WellCare
Marq Caughell
813-206-3956
marq(dot)caughell(at)wellcare(dot)com

Children’s Safety Village
Juanita Black
407-521-4673
Juanita(dot)black(at)ocfl(dot)net


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