RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s work to improve health and strengthen local communities continued in 2014, as the company directed more than $3.3 million and hundreds of volunteer hours to health-improving causes, organizations and programs in Virginia.
“Anthem is committed to transforming health care with trusted and caring solutions, and that extends directly to our work in communities throughout Virginia,” said C. Burke King, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “We’re proud to support the organizations and programs that are working to help our friends and neighbors live their healthiest lives possible.”
Through its State Health Index – a compilation of public health measures – and Healthy Generations grant program, Anthem and its foundation work to identify the health issues impacting our local communities and in most need of attention and then direct charitable support and volunteer efforts toward improving those areas.
Major areas of focus for Anthem in 2014 included promoting active lifestyles and working to reduce the devastating impact of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer on Virginia children, adults and seniors.
“We know that as our local communities change and grow so do the diverse needs of our residents,” said King. “What hasn’t changed is our commitment to serving our members and advancing health in Virginia. It is a true honor to work with so many great people and organizations and we look forward to doing so again in the year ahead.”
VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COMMITMENT
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Virginia communities benefit from grants made by Anthem and Blue Shield’s parent company foundation to national and regional organizations:
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Through the company’s Dollars for Doers Program, associates
are able to turn their volunteer hours into contributions for the
charities which they support.
Through this effort more than 35 local organizations across the state received $112,900.
Anthem associates’ contributions made through the company’s year-round Associate Giving Campaign are backed by a 50 percent match from the Anthem Foundation, bringing the total paid out in 2014 to more than $449,500.
The charities in this year’s program were:
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia
Anthem Health Plans of Virginia, Inc. trades as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia, and its service area is all of Virginia except for the City of Fairfax, the Town of Vienna, and the area east of State Route 123. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its affiliated HMO HealthKeepers, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross 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 and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinIn, or visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin.
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 annual associate giving campaign and its parent foundation provides a 50% match of associates’ campaign pledges. ®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.