ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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.”
MISSOURI COMMUNITY COMMITMENT
|National Grant Programs||
Missouri communities benefit from grants made by Anthem’s parent company foundation to national and regional organizations:
|Community Events & Sponsorships||
|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.|
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:
|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:
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.