Cardinal Innovations Employees Work with Rowan County Fifth Graders on Video Production

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — December 09, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., Dec. 9, 2015 – When Cardinal Innovations Healthcare needed a training video for its analytics department, employees decided to use the opportunity to help Rowan County fifth graders learn about producing a professional video while having some fun with math.

Students in Paul Drucker’s fifth grade Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) class at Hurley Elementary School faced Cardinal Innovations employees in a game of “Are the Cardinals Smarter than the Fifth Graders,” which focused on math questions categorized as basic math, basic statistics and word problems. Students auditioned to be the host, served as audience members, and competed on student teams against employees from Cardinal Innovations’ data sciences and business analytics department in the video.

Cardinal Innovations employees will visit the elementary school again Monday, Dec. 14, for a screening of the finished video at 12:30 p.m. with students, their parents and teachers. The media is invited to attend this event.
“Cardinal Innovations provided my students with a unique educational experience by allowing them to play an integral role in the production of the company’s training video from beginning to end,” Drucker said. “We find great value in collaborating with community partners to enhance the educational experience.”

Drucker also said the math-focused game show format featured in the video aligns with the fifth grade curriculum.

Cardinal Innovations is the largest specialty health plan in the nation, managing care for its members who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health or substance use service needs. The organization is growing its data analytics with a new data sciences and business analytics department to help track and improve outcomes for its members, said Brent Matthewson, director of data science for Cardinal Innovations.
“Cardinal Innovations is working to further develop and improve our corporate capability for managing and analyzing an expanding series of datasets,” Matthewson said. “This was an opportunity for us to help students in a county we serve.”

Cardinal Innovations worked with a local director and brought three cameras to the classroom for the
production. Students assisted with the production on camera and behind the scenes. The video will be used
in training classes for employees.

Erin Drucker, data science analyst at Cardinal Innovations and the wife of teacher Paul Drucker, knew her
husband was looking for real world experiences for his students.

“It was the perfect opportunity for Cardinal Innovations to get involved in working with the local schools,”
she said. “We began working on the idea over the summer.”

Hurley Elementary School, which is located at 625 Hurley School Road, Salisbury, NC 28147, is part of the
Rowan-Salisbury School System, which works to cultivate partnerships with businesses in the community.

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