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About Amanda Minckler

Amanda is a communications strategist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). She enjoys writing about various subjects, but especially enjoys working on feature stories on the people who make BCBSNE a special place to be.

Wise & Well: Jaye Stentz’s awakening

One early morning in May 2021, Jaye Stentz started his day like most others: he went to let his chocolate lab, Howard, outside; however, when he tried to call him back inside the words weren’t there. “I could think the words, but they weren't coming out,” said Stentz, organization development specialist at Blue Cross and

By |2022-09-26T15:10:54-05:00September 26th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Jaye Stentz’s awakening

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and YMCAs to offer free community flu shot clinics in October

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) will host 20 flu vaccination clinics in October, in collaboration with YMCAs across the state. Clinics will be open to everyone age 6 and up at no cost to them, regardless of health insurance coverage. There will also be two non-YMCA locations: BCBSNE’s headquarters in Aksarben Village

By |2022-09-19T14:30:15-05:00September 20th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement, News Releases, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and YMCAs to offer free community flu shot clinics in October

LEAP informs and empowers local students with on-site career day

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) Latinos Empowered to Achieve their Potential (LEAP) recently hosted an on-site career day in partnership with Siembra Nebraska, the Latino Center of the Midlands’ internship program. “It started as a job-shadowing day, but we adjusted it to be a day where we brought in our Latino professionals

By |2022-08-30T15:22:07-05:00August 31st, 2022|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on LEAP informs and empowers local students with on-site career day

Wise & Well: Seth Orndorff on keeping wellness fun

Between playing soccer and being on the swim team growing up, Seth Orndorff has always led an active life, but, when college ended and pools became fewer and farther between, he struggled to keep active without getting bored. That is until he found the cure to his activity rut: keeping exercise fun. “I have a

By |2022-08-26T12:18:30-05:00August 29th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Seth Orndorff on keeping wellness fun

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska awards CHAD and 19 member agencies the Health of Nebraska Sponsorship

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has awarded the Combined Health Agencies Drive (CHAD) and 19 member agencies under its umbrella the company’s Health of Nebraska Sponsorship, which supports programs and services for Nebraskans affected by a medical diagnosis. For more than 80 years, BCBSNE has offered security and stability to its members

By |2022-08-25T10:13:53-05:00August 25th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement, News Releases, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska awards CHAD and 19 member agencies the Health of Nebraska Sponsorship

It’s time to play catch-up on vaccines this back-to-school season

As Nebraska moves into another school year, now is the perfect time to ensure that children are caught up on routine vaccinations. Vaccines are crucial to protect children from preventable diseases, especially as in-person activities and learning are back in full swing, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccine ordering

By |2022-08-19T12:21:14-05:00August 23rd, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on It’s time to play catch-up on vaccines this back-to-school season

Employees celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion all summer long

Throughout the summer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) employee resource groups (ERG) celebrated diversity, equity and inclusion by marching in parades, networking with coworkers and supporting the Omaha community. Check out what BCBSNE’s ERGs have been up to: Omaha Cinco de Mayo Parade and Fiesta Carnival Starting off the summer, Latinos Empowered

By |2022-08-16T09:55:02-05:00August 15th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Employees celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion all summer long

BCBSNE, community members celebrate the new Buena Vista YMCA Express

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) joined the YMCA of Greater Omaha, Omaha Public Schools (OPS) and other community members in celebrating the ribbon cutting of the new Buena Vista YMCA Express on Thursday, Aug. 4. “Buena Vista is the first express YMCA in the Omaha Metro area,” said Rebecca Deterding, president and

By |2022-08-10T10:34:01-05:00August 10th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE, community members celebrate the new Buena Vista YMCA Express

BCBSNE helps strike out hunger

When most people think of summer, they think of swimming pools, popsicles and, of course, baseball; however, for some, summer means hunger. That’s why Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) joined Food Bank for the Heartland’s Strike Out Hunger campaign, which helps address food insecurity. During the month of June, organizations and their

By |2022-08-01T13:13:20-05:00August 1st, 2022|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE helps strike out hunger

Patient-provider communication: The key to improved health literacy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost nine out of 10 people struggle to comprehend health information when their health care provider or others use unfamiliar or complex terms. Proper patient-provider communication creates a strong base for developing long-term, trusting relationships that improve personal health literacy – the ability of the

By |2022-07-11T12:55:00-05:00July 11th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Patient-provider communication: The key to improved health literacy