July 18, 2014

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“I say, ‘Art is good for what ails you’ ”

What a depressing winter. And I don’t mean just all that endless snow and the lousy temperatures. Except for how it related to my fall on ice in February and a broken ankle. The winter was hard on my mom, Marie Williams, too. They always are. Effectively trapped in her house, months from being able [...]

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July 11, 2014

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‘My son’s mental health crisis spurred my family to appear in a new video for parents’

The video describes services available in the metro area Having a child’s mental health crisis happen in my family was something I never could have anticipated. One night five years ago, my family experienced just such a situation with my older son, then 12. I took him to the ER, as I would an adult, [...]

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June 30, 2014

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Say hey, we love Pride!

UCare dances through 2014 Twin Cities Pride Parade I and about 15 other UCare employees were pleased to showcase our support of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender communities yesterday during the 2014 Ashley Rukes Twin Cities Pride Parade. Sporting colorful shirts and bandanas, we pivoted, swayed and shook pompoms while performing an original dance to [...]

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June 18, 2014

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All abuzz: ‘As novice beekeepers, my daughter and I are learning how bees aid health’

I’ve always wanted to keep bees, but I never had the knowledge or the resources to do it … until now. The Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association funds an annual Youth Scholarship Award that provides a hive, beekeeping gear and mentors to 12- to 17-year-olds — and I do have one of those! My daughter, Logan, was one [...]

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June 6, 2014

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‘Biking to work strengthens my body, clears my mind, and brightens my attitude’

I remember the first time I tried to ride a bike. It was a big-girl bike — much too big for me. I got on, stood on the pedals, let go of the handlebars just like the big kids did, and down I went! I tried again, realizing I must hang onto the handlebars. I [...]

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May 28, 2014

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‘Stay focused, remain humble, work hard, and stay dedicated’

As a former Urban League scholarship winner and UCare intern, that’s my advice for other young people seeking success It’s been five years since the Minneapolis Urban League awarded me a scholarship, sponsored by UCare, to attend college as a first-generation student. At that time, I never imagined the many wonderful opportunities that would soon [...]

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May 9, 2014

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Learn about these hidden sources of lead in your home

‘One of my granddaughters once had a high level of lead in her blood, but today she’s a straight-A student. Make sure the kids in your life are safe, too.’ A number of years ago I was pretty concerned when I found out that my 18-month-old granddaughter had a blood lead level of 11 micrograms [...]

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May 2, 2014

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‘What UCare has done for my soul’

‘As a new employee who also recently became sick with cancer, I’m thankful for the support I’ve found here’ Last July, I was introduced or re-introduced to some vocabulary words: “UCare,” “cancer,” “Provider Enrollment Configuration,” “chemotherapy” … these were all terms I got well acquainted with in one week’s time. On July 19 I received [...]

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April 23, 2014

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From Green Bay girl to CEO

How the following principles helped me become the leader I am today I’ve often been asked questions about being a woman CEO: how I got here, what challenges I faced in the process, how I’ve managed to stay in this job for 18 years as UCare has grown to a $3 billion health care company.  [...]

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March 28, 2014

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Finding happiness when disasters are commonplace

I was visiting the Philippines when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit a far-away region. But I hardly knew about the devastation. On Friday, November 8, 2013, I was enjoying the warm and sunny weather from the balcony of our new house in the Philippines. My wife, Chato is a native of the island nation, and I [...]

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