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UScellular Donates $30,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Dane County

Grant Focuses on Providing Access to STEM Learning and Experiences

Madison, Wis. (August 2, 2022) – UScellular has announced a $30,000 investment in the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County to provide educational opportunities and experiences to local youth. The company has invested in the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County to support K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and academic enrichment programs.

The STEM learning and experience provided is designed to prepare students for the careers of tomorrow, and according to Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth Outcomes survey, the youth at Clubs display far greater interest in pursuing STEM careers than their peers nationally (52% vs. 27%).

This year the funding will support the Club with field trips, staff training and STEM activity kits.

“We’ve heard from parents and students that they think STEM is good for their future careers but 48% of students and 41% of parents don’t know enough about the opportunities a STEM education would afford,[1]”  said Christine Paulsen, director of sales. “The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County provides this critical access so that we can build a future of bright and enthusiastic tech leaders.”

We are very happy to continue this work with UScellular in order to support STEM education at the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County,” said Michael Johnson, President & CEO, BGCDC. “We know that shaping the future of young people starts with providing them access to what’s possible and with UScellular’s commitment, we are opening doors for today’s youth.”

Last year, UScellular also donated 2,845 hotspots and services – a value of nearly $2.6 million – to 35 Boys & Girls Clubs as a part of the After School Access Project, a program that provides free mobile hotspots and service to nonprofits that support youth after the school day has ended.

Since 2009, UScellular has donated nearly $21.4 million along with countless experiences and technology items to nonprofit organizations across the country. For more information about the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, please go to https://newsroom.uscellular.com/community/.

About UScellular

UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier provides a strong, reliable network supported by the latest technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, visit newsroom.uscellular.com. Connect with UScellular on social media at facebook.com/uscellular, twitter.com/uscellular, instagram.com/uscellular, YouTube.com/uscellularcorp and linkedin.com/company/uscellular.

About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County is a local non-profit youth development organization serving thousands of youths in eleven locations, including eight school-based sites and three traditional Club sites. The Clubs fuel kids with the inspiration to dream and teach them the skills to achieve when they are most impressionable through quality programs in five core areas: Character & Leadership Development; Education & Career Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. See the impact we make in the life of each Club member here: www.bgcdc.org.

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WPS Health Solutions: A Walk to Remember draws crowd to honor the fallen

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Contact:
DeAnne Boegli
Vice President of Communications
608-512-5754
deanne.boegli@wpsic.com

A Walk to Remember draws crowd to honor the fallen
Memorial event held at WPS Health Solutions’ Monona campus

MADISON, Wis.—June 3, 2022—On May 27, WPS Health Solutions hosted A Walk to Remember. The event was held on the main WPS campus in Monona and offered employees, their family members, and the community a chance to honor U.S. military personnel and veterans who have died.

WPS Military and Veterans Inclusion Lead Tim La Sage, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and two-time recipient of the Purple Heart, said, “Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. This solemn occasion is a time to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and defending our country. We will never forget our military members who have passed.”

The event drew 27 walkers from the area. All participants were able to sign a banner with the names of those they were remembering during the Memorial Day weekend.

About WPS Health Solutions®

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation (WPS Health Solutions), founded in 1946, is a nationally regarded benefits administrator for a variety of U.S. government programs and a leading not-for-profit health insurer in Wisconsin. WPS Health Solutions serves active-duty and retired military personnel, seniors, individuals, and families in Wisconsin, across the U.S., and around the world. WPS Health Solutions, headquartered in Madison, Wis., has more than 2,700 employees. Within the enterprise, there are three divisions: WPS Government Health Administrators, WPS Military and Veterans Health, and WPS Health Insurance/WPS Health Plan/EPIC Specialty Benefits. For more information, please visit wpshealthsolutions.com.

©2022 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation. All rights reserved.

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WPS Health Solutions: Safely dispose of unneeded medications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DeAnne Boegli
Vice President of Communications
608-512-5754
deanne.boegli@wpsic.com

Safely dispose of unneeded medications
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 30

MADISON, Wis.—April 27, 2022—Prescription drugs can be dangerous when they are used improperly. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is your chance to ensure that doesn’t happen with your prescriptions.

An estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffer from an opioid use disorder. Opioids are one of the most widely abused prescription drugs. The National Institutes of Health outlines how addictive opioids are in chilling detail:

  • People who have opioid prescriptions who misuse them: 21–29%
  • People who take opioids for chronic pain who develop an opioid use disorder: 8–12%
  • People who misuse opioids that move on to heroin: 4–6%

“The opioid epidemic has touched every community and neighborhood in our country,” Dr. Jonah Fox, Medical Director at WPS Health Solutions, commented. “Everyone can assist in preventing opioid addiction by participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and removing unneeded medication from their homes.”

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, you can take unused prescription drugs to collection sites across the country. Visit dea.gov/takebackday to locate a collection site near you.

Take Back Days happen twice a year and allow you to dispose of prescription drugs safely and anonymously. It’s a great way to ensure they don’t get misused, lost, or stolen. During the most recent take back day, the Drug Enforcement Administration collected 372 tons of prescription medications.

Accepted items at most locations include:

  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Ointments
  • Patches
  • Non-aerosol sprays
  • Inhalers
  • Creams
  • Vials
  • Pet medications

Some items are not accepted, including:

  • Needles and other sharps
  • Asthma inhalers
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Medications containing iodine
  • Illegal drugs
  • Aerosol cans

Check with your local collection sites if you have questions. Visit the Food and Drug Administration website to find out more about how to safely dispose of drugs.

About WPS Health Solutions®

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation (WPS Health Solutions), founded in 1946, is a nationally regarded benefits administrator for a variety of U.S. government programs and a leading not-for-profit health insurer in Wisconsin. WPS Health Solutions serves active-duty and retired military personnel, seniors, individuals, and families in Wisconsin, across the U.S., and around the world. WPS Health Solutions, headquartered in Madison, Wis., has more than 2,700 employees. Within the enterprise, there are three divisions: WPS Government Health Administrators, WPS Military and Veterans Health, and WPS Health Insurance/WPS Health Plan/EPIC Specialty Benefits. For more information, please visit wpshealthsolutions.com.

©2022 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation. All rights reserved.

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WPS publishes new Corporate Social Responsibility Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ryan Kanable
Communications Manager
608-345-0517
ryan.kanable@wpsic.com

WPS publishes new Corporate Social Responsibility Report
Company shares achievements during 2021

MADISON, Wis.—April 5, 2022—The 2021 WPS Health Solutions® Corporate Social Responsibility Report is now available on wpshealthsolutions.com. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the major lines of business at WPS Health Solutions, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2021, with a special emphasis on the people, pivots, and partnerships that helped keep the company successful over the last year.

“The report allows us to showcase our employees’ commitment to high ethical standards and conducting business with integrity. It helps anyone who is interested in WPS to get to know us a little better,” says DeAnne Boegli, Vice President of Communications.

“People, Pivots, and Partnerships” is the theme for the 2021 report. More than 75 years since its founding, WPS Health Solutions continues its work to protect the health and financial well-being of its customers through three lines of business: WPS Health Insurance®, WPS Government Health Administrators®, and WPS Military and Veterans Health®, as well as two subsidiaries: WPS Health Plan, Inc. and The EPIC Life Insurance Company.

Employees of WPS Health Solutions aspire to do their best by exhibiting the company’s four core values: Individual Responsibility, Customer Focused, Mutual Respect, and Driven and Passionate. The mission of WPS Health Solutions is this: Together, making health care easier for the people we serve.

In 2021, WPS Health Solutions took steps to guard against bias and prejudice in the workplace, including a commitment from President and CEO Mike Hamerlik who joined more than 1,600 CEOs across America by signing a pledge for CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™. The company also onboarded a new Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, who has helped advance diversity and inclusion work. During the year, a DEI Employee Council and a DEI Executive Council were created to assist with integrating DEI concepts into business practices throughout the company.

WPS Health Solutions received numerous awards in 2021, including being named a Top Workplace by the Wisconsin State Journal, making the Achievers’ 50 Most Engaged Workplaces list and its Elite 8 in the category of Culture Alignment, and winning Top Workplaces’ Culture Excellence Awards for Work Life Flexibility and Remote Work.

Despite a challenging economy, WPS gave charitable donations totaling more than $198,000 to 39 local and national organizations. The WPS Charitable Foundation donated more than $246,000 to 33 organizations.

About WPS Health Solutions®

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation (WPS Health Solutions), founded in 1946, is a nationally regarded benefits administrator for a variety of U.S. government programs and a leading not-for-profit health insurer in Wisconsin. WPS Health Solutions serves active-duty and retired military personnel, seniors, individuals, and families in Wisconsin, across the U.S., and around the world. WPS Health Solutions, headquartered in Madison, Wis., has more than 2,700 employees. Within the enterprise, there are three divisions: WPS Government Health Administrators, WPS Military and Veterans Health, and WPS Health Insurance/WPS Health Plan/EPIC Specialty Benefits. For more information, please visit wpshealthsolutions.com.

©2022 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Second Harvest is Providing $200k in Funding for Capacity-Building Grants to Improve Food Equity

MADISON, Wis., January 31, 2022 – Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin announced that they will be providing up to $200,000 in community-directed capacity-building grants to area groups or organizations. These grant dollars are available to advance efforts to increase food equity, as defined by our community. The overarching goal is to learn from and build long-term nutrition distribution strategies with racially diverse communities to address health disparities and advance food equity.

“Everyone in our community should have equitable access to nutritious and culturally-significant food,” said Second Harvest president/CEO Michelle Orge. “We’re excited to see and support the ideas that come from the groups and organizations who will apply for a grant. Their insights on how to increase food equity in our community will help us increase collaboration and strengthen our entire network”.

The grants are designed to increase the distribution of food to racially marginalized communities through new methods, increased product availability, and deeper collaborations.

To be considered for one of the capacity grants:

  • Eligible applicants are designated as a registered 501c3 -or-
  • Organizations, mutual aid groups, collectives, and tribal organizations that are fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 non-profit
  • Applications should support community(ies) within the 16 counties in the Second Harvest service area
  • Efforts should be led by, or conducted in partnership with, racially diverse communities impacted by food insecurity

Grant request submissions for a minimum of $2,500 up to a maximum of $75,000 will be accepted until 11:59 pm on March 14. Award amounts will vary according to the strength of the application’s focus on equity and access. Grant funds must be used between April 2022 – June 2023

For more information about the grant, including the grant application packet, visit SecondHarvestMadison.org/Grant.