Originally published at humananews.com. Humana ranked No. 9 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2022.
Meet Carole Gescheidle, Co-President of Humana’s Native American and Indigenous Network Resource Group.
Carole’s mother, Mary, was born and raised on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin and grew up experiencing racism. Mary became convinced something was wrong during her pregnancy with Carole’s sister. Her doctor ignored her concerns about potential pregnancy complications, telling Mary everything was fine, when in fact Carole’s sister was born with a cognitive disability.
“I hear this from a lot of Native Americans that it is hard sometimes to be the one always educating people and pushing. Sometimes we just need help and support from others, we appreciate that. So, I think if you can surround yourself with people that are going to help give you strength, that’s important,” says Carole. “If you can see a health provider who looks like you, who is like you, that’s going to go a long way.”
At Humana, we are committed to addressing and eliminating avoidable, unjust and unfair barriers that stand in the way of someone achieving their full health potential. We recognize that there is still much work to be done to create a more equitable healthcare system.
To learn more about how we are working with communities to co-create measurable solutions to advance population health and health equity visit the 2021 Humana Impact Report.