Margo Schenkus Advocating for People with Disabilities

Patient Leader

My passion is advocating for people with disabilities. Educating others and making a positive impact is on my bucket list. I am the Vice President for Humana's Disability Network Resource Group called ACCESS. ACCESS stands for Advocating for Awareness, Connecting Communities, Collaborating Ideas, Empowering Everyone, Supporting Success, Strengthening Culture. I have been in this voluntary role for the past two years. Since starting with the ACCESS NRG I have ran and helped implement various projects. Here are some of the accomplishments I am proud to include: •Implemented a monthly article called “Walk a Mile in my Shoes”. These are articles written by people who are living with a disability, or caring for someone with a disability. This has been shown to be a great tool to help educate others. Often times people take things for granted, and truly don't understand what it is like to live with a disability. •Spearheaded an effort of multiple speaker series and panel discussions on topics such as: Autism panel, PTSD, Suicide Awareness, Bully Talk, Substance Abuse, Grief and Support (related to Illness and holidays), Sleep and Mental Health, and hearing loss. •Co-created Podcasts to educate Humana associates on the following subjects: Epilepsy, Postpartum Depression, Living with rare diseases and navigating a complex medical system. •Engineered a program called "Disability Etiquette" which is an educational presentation. I have presented it to multiple teams within Humana. •Helped create computer based trainings (CBT’s) to help educate associated on various conditions including: Depression and Anxiety, Dementia/Alzheimer's, and Disability Etiquette. •Developed a program called "Personal Accessibility Navigator." When a new employee starts at Humana we direct them if they need any ADA (American Disability Act) accommodations/equipment. If a tour of our facilities is needed, we schedule a tour for the associate. Example: parking lot needs, elevator assistance, accessible bathrooms. •Tested a desktop alerting system to notify hard of hearing/deaf employees of bad weather or emergencies. •Launched disability campaign #worksforme campaign at Humana, which allows employees to share any activity or hobby that helps them cope with their illness. They can also celebrate/share the things that help them navigate the hard moments, via our internal social media site. •Share published articles and educational materials with our internal online community. The sharing of the articles/materials sparks thought/conversation. •Direct the annual National Disability Employer Awareness Month (NDEAM) at Humana. We provide awareness through activities like Disability Trivia, Puzzles/Activities, Educational Videos/articles, Podcasts, and a Newsletter. •Accountable for creating the ACCESS NRG strategic plan for 2020, and leading a team to execute this strategy. •Serve as a senior mentor to new ACCESS NRG leaders.. Outside of work I participate in various Facebook groups: Blind and Visually Impaired group, the Sjogrens Syndrome group, Disability Awareness Group, Keeping hope alive for Disability Awareness group, and a Hip Dysplasia Group. Participation in these groups provides a space where I can offer and receive support, as well as share experiences with those who need a listening ear. I am a member of Disability IN, which promotes the full Inclusion of people with disabilities within the workplace.

Location

Green Bay, WI

Nominations

Best in Show: Facebook Advocating for Another Patient Leader Hero

Margo is passionate for advocating for people with all disabilities.  — Margo

Margo always goes above and beyond in what she does to advocate for people with disabilities. She always makes people aware of events happening at the workplace related to disabilities and is always willing to lend a helping hand to others that aren't as fortunate as most of us. I could not think of a better person to nominate for this reward!

Margo has a passion for advocating for those around her. She understands disabilities may not always be visible to the eye. She champions others and seeks out ways to empower everyone to become advocates for those with disabilities.  — Kelly

Margo is a true inspiration how to cares for people with disabilities,  — Michelle

I’d like to nominate my mom because she’s both mine and my best friends biggest advocate! My mom has been there for us for everything! All surgeries, doctor appointments, fighting to get pain medication, etc. There no one else I can think of who deserves this more!  — Shelby

Margo is always advocating for all types of disabilities within her work. Sharing stories and working on projects that help break down barriers within the workplace. Margo tackles the job to the fullest by staying in communication and finding the best route and opportunity to finish and implement these initiatives.  — Kelly

Margo has continued to advocate for others in many ways, she shows dedication to the cause and continues to think of creative ways to advocate.  — Alyssa

As a Disability Network Resource Group Leader for Humana, Margo was involved in several projects geared at making strides at communicating disability awareness,. She advocates for all disabilities physical and mental. She is most certainly asset for the disabled community! She deserves this award!  — Larry

I have a disability & she has always been the one to let me vent to her, give me advice, and help me through things. She has the biggest heart and has her knowledge in disabilities because me and her daughter are best friends and we both have disabilities. She has helped us both and seen what people with disabilities go through. She’s amazing.  — Claire

She is amazing and always advocates and helps those with disabilities. I have a disability and she is always caring and helping and asks to help in any way necessary. She has the biggest heart ever. She knows what it’s like because her daughter and I are best friends and have disabilities that aren’t always visible. Most caring women ever.  — Claire

Margo is so passionate about advocating for people with disabilities. In addition to working full-time, she Leads one of our company's NRG groups. She supports those around her, shares her knowledge and resources, and always finds a way to make other's days just a little bit easier. She is such a selfless person and truly deserves this award.  — Leah

Margo is an advocating champion for others with special needs. She understands what it means to give personal attention and care to someone with a chronic condition, although she has her own personal issues. She understands that her strength comes from caring for others at home and work and that she inspires countless others to do the same.  — Michael

Margo Schenkus Advocating for People with Disabilities

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