Non Profit Organizations, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Work to Help Address the State’s Most Pressing Health Needs

Foundation commits close to $1.6 million to innovative programs aimed at helping improve the health of Missourians

ST. LOUIS--()--Everyday countless organizations in Missouri work to improve the health of our communities and empower residents to live healthier lives. Led by a multigenerational focus on heart health, cancer prevention, prenatal care, diabetes prevention and active lifestyles, these organizations not only share Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation’s vision for a healthier future, but they are setting the standard with innovative programs that engage and empower residents to take charge of their health.

“We know that keeping our local communities healthy requires a dedicated partnership with key organizations,” said Steve Martenet. “We’re proud to commit close to $1.6 million to organizations that offer innovative programs that educate, motivate and encourage our state’s residents to lead healthier lives.”

In 2015 the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation teamed with various organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of St. Louis to bring unique educational programs to the state including helping to establish a new club in Ferguson, Missouri.

“As our local communities change and grow so do the diverse needs of our residents,” said Martenet. “What’s not changed is our commitment to serving our members and advancing health in Missouri. It is an honor to work with so many great people and organizations and we look forward to doing so again in the year ahead.”

2015 SUMMARY:
MISSOURI COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

         
National Grant Programs      

Missouri communities benefit from grants made by Anthem’s parent company foundation to national and regional organizations:

 

  • Oasis Healthy Habits After School Intergenerational Program
  • March of Dimes Centering Pregnancy and smoking cessation
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America your health promotion
  • American Heart Association Hands Only CPR
  • American Red Cross disaster relief
Missouri Grants      
  • Community Clinic of Joplin for its flu shot program
  • CHADS Coalition for its teenage suicide prevention program
  • American Lung Association’s program to help pregnant teenagers quit smoking
Community Events & Sponsorships      
  • 3 Little Birds 4 Life
  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
  • 100 Black Men of St. Louis
  • Girls on the Run – St. Louis and IL
  • GO! St. Louis – Students on the GO!
  • Special Olympics
  • Eye Care Charity of Mid America
  • Independence Center
  • Bike to Work in Cape Girardeau
  • ALA Fight for Air Climb
  • Doorways Red Gala
Associate Volunteerism       Through the company’s Dollars for Doers Program, associates are able to turn their volunteer hours into contributions for the eligible charities they support. Through this effort several local organizations across the state received $32,866.30.
Associate Giving      

Anthem associates’ contributions made through the company’s year-round Associate Giving Program are backed by a 50 percent match from the Anthem Foundation, bringing the total paid out in 2015 to more than $138,000.

 

The charities in this year’s program were:

  • American Cancer Society;
  • American Red Cross;
  • Community Health Charities;
  • Feeding America;
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and
  • United Way
Informal Sponsorships & Giving      

Informal charitable activities and donation drives organized by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s offices and business units over the course of the year. These efforts supported:

  • St. Louis Area Foodbank volunteer days
  • Nurses for Newborns holiday gift wrapping
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis annual holiday party
     

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri

In Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area) Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name for RightCHOICE® Managed Care, Inc. (RIT), Healthy Alliance® Life Insurance Company (HALIC), and HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates administer non-HMO benefits underwritten by HALIC and HMO benefits underwritten by HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates only provide administrative services for self-funded plans and do not underwrite benefits. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation

Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Contacts

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri
Deb Wiethop, 314-923-4767
deborah.wiethop@bcbsmo.com

Release Summary

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation commits close to $1.6 million to programs aimed at helping improve the health of Missourians.

Contacts

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri
Deb Wiethop, 314-923-4767
deborah.wiethop@bcbsmo.com