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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.

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

Wise & Well: Zach Heerten’s wellness evolution

Zach Heerten’s wellness journey began with a simple wellness challenge at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) in 2018 and has only blossomed from there. Hosted as part of  BCBSNE’s internal wellness program, the 10K-A-Day wellness challenge encouraged employees to hit 10,000 steps a day for six weeks. “Multiple members of my team

By |2021-08-23T10:29:58-05:00August 25th, 2021|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Zach Heerten’s wellness evolution

BCBSNE provides 390 Conestoga Elementary students with supplies for the new school year

Dust off your backpacks and bust out your lunch boxes; it’s back to school season for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) and its adopt-a-school partner, Conestoga Elementary. BCBSNE recently supplied 390 Conestoga Elementary students with notebooks, folders, pencils and more to prepare them for the school year during its annual school supply

By |2021-08-20T14:27:53-05:00August 20th, 2021|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE provides 390 Conestoga Elementary students with supplies for the new school year

Add the COVID-19 and flu vaccines to your back-to-school list

With the new school year beginning and fall on the horizon, now is the perfect time to reach out to your health care provider about the COVID-19 and flu vaccines for you and your child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges everyone ages 12 and up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as

By |2021-08-05T14:50:49-05:00August 6th, 2021|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Add the COVID-19 and flu vaccines to your back-to-school list

Wise & Well: Jen Sharpe’s empowerment journey

Jen Sharpe started to fall in love with wellness through hiking and biking 12 years ago in Colorado; then she moved to Nebraska. “I started with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) 11 years ago before we had an onsite gym facility, but we got a free membership to 24-hour Fitness, which was

By |2021-08-03T10:46:01-05:00July 26th, 2021|Categories: Health and Wellness, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Jen Sharpe’s empowerment journey

BCBSNE again voted Omaha’s Choice for Health Insurance

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) recently won first place in the Omaha’s Choice Awards for Best Health Insurance Provider for the second year in a row. The awards are presented annually by the Omaha World-Herald, and readers are encouraged to vote for their favorite businesses and service providers using an online ballot.

By |2021-07-07T12:45:10-05:00July 8th, 2021|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE again voted Omaha’s Choice for Health Insurance