June 12, 2015

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UCare member Dave Nimmer: ‘Skeptical at first, I now welcome nurse home visits’

UCare for Seniors member writes why he was pleased with the in-home wellness check by a nurse practitioner Editor’s Note: UCare for Seniors member Dave Nimmer recently wrote a column for Minnesota Good Age about an in-home nurse visit, arranged through UCare. A former WCCO-TV reporter and University of St. Thomas journalism professor, Dave displays [...]

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May 29, 2015

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‘UCare’s new paid parental leave policy shows me how compassionate my company is toward working moms and dads like me’

Shereka Campbell and other UCare employees tell visiting U.S. Secretary of Labor how the benefit boosts their families Editor’s Note: On May 26, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and about 30 state and local civic and business leaders visited UCare to [...]

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May 8, 2015

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A warm farewell from Nancy Feldman

UCare’s CEO reflects on the lessons of her “incredibly rewarding” career Since my retirement is just a few months away, I have been spending lots of time doing “one last time” things, reflecting on my incredibly rewarding career, and thinking about what comes next…for me and for UCare.  So this is my last UCare blog [...]

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April 1, 2015

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‘I don’t think anything prepares a parent for the illness of a child’

UCare staffer shares her experiences as a mother of two little ones I don’t think anything prepares a parent for the illness of a child. I still remember the day about a year ago when I came home from work and saw my 6-month-old daughter not looking well. My husband had been taking care of [...]

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March 24, 2015

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‘Aging vicariously is a gift’

Senior Companion program volunteer Mary Jo Franske says she receives far more than she gives by helping her Minnesota neighbors Editor’s Note: As part of a 40-year-old national initiative, the Senior Companion program of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota pairs volunteers with isolated and frail Minnesota seniors. Volunteers who are 55 or better offer elders [...]

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March 11, 2015

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‘If you know someone who needs health care or health insurance, give yourself permission to help make a difference’

A Springboard for the Arts leader tells how her group boosts the health of Minnesota artists  Seven years ago, I met Jane – an artist who hadn’t had health insurance in over a decade and hadn’t had a preventive health care check-up in almost as long. That’s a scary proposition. Fortunately, I was able to [...]

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March 4, 2015

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Girls AND women “Rock the Capitol”

Eighth-grader Hailey DelCastillo shares her impressions after a visit to Minnesota’s Statehouse Editor’s Note: The following account is 13-year-old Hailey DelCastillo’s impression after participating in the Feb. 16 “Girls Rock! the Capitol” event. The 13th-annual gathering, open to all 13- to 18-year-old Minnesota girls and women, offers hands-on opportunities to learn more about government, leadership, [...]

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February 20, 2015

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Bamba Iqhaza! (That’s Zulu for “Be Part of It!”)

UCare staffer to race in South Africa’s 56-mile, uphill ultramarathon. Oy! “Bamba Iqhaza,” or “Be Part of it!” says the invitation to participate in the oldest and most famous ultramarathon in the world: the 56-mile Comrades race in South Africa. “Ultras” are any distance longer than a standard marathon’s 26.2 miles. Though I’ll be a [...]

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February 6, 2015

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Fuerza Unida Amig@s (“Friends United in Strength”)

Latino communities stand against domestic violence with support from organizations like UCare  Editor’s Note: Nouns in Spanish are usually either masculine (ending in an “o”) or feminine (ending in an “a”). Because the “@” symbol resembles an a inside of an o, Casa de Esperanza uses that symbol in place of an o when referring [...]

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January 30, 2015

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Grocery-store-on-a-bus delivers health, affordability, smiles

The Twin Cities Mobile Market, with help from the UCare Foundation, brings fresh offerings closer to home A few years ago, I was on the phone with a friend who used the term “food desert.” “Food what?” I asked. I understood the concept: Many communities don’t have easy access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. [...]

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