Central to the efforts of the Anthem Foundation is the Healthy
Generations program, a multigenerational initiative to improve
The Anthem Foundation—one of the country’s largest corporate foundations—is a private, nonprofit philanthropic organization wholly funded by Anthem, Inc. We believe that targeting specific, preventable health concerns by making strategic charitable choices will help us create a healthier generation of Americans.
We’re committed to funding initiatives that positively affect the conditions and social determinants addressed in our Healthy Generations program. Its areas of focus are based on public health data and innovative social mapping technology that provides a snapshot of the major health issues in each state, allowing us to drill down to the zip code level and concentrate our energies where they’re most needed. We call this putting science behind the art of grant making.
Today, we’re emphasizing efforts in five areas, while also supporting behavioral health efforts and programs that benefit people with disabilities.
THE FIVE AREAS OF FOCUS
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., with about 600,000 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coronary heart disease alone costs the U.S. $108.9 billion a year in health care services, medications and lost productivity.
American Heart Association
The Anthem Foundation has committed $12.4 million to the American Heart Association over eight years. The grant promotes the lifesaving Hands-Only CPR technique. Through an interactive tour, online and mobile applications and a public service announcement campaign, it aims to train 8 million people how to perform the skill, which can double or triple survival rates.
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American Lung Association
A grant of $875,000 will help implement HUD's smokefree housing rule successfully through a Smoking Cessation program for Low-Income Housing Residents Initiative. The Lung Association and the Anthem Foundation have been long-time partners in helping people to quit smoking and this grant will build on that strong foundation. This funding is assisting in implementation by providing PHAs with expertise, resources and support while facilitating resident-to-resident-based, online and telephonic cessation services. This initiative will engage thousands of residents in the cessation process and will reduce or eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke for more than a million residents in states where Anthem has a presence.
A grant in Indiana aims to reduce the disparity in breast cancer mortality rates between African American and Caucasian women by tackling barriers at the system, community and individual levels. Susan G. Komen works with community groups and state coalitions to provide direct education, screening and navigation support services, and to help them complete the continuum of care.
Grants in Kentucky and New Hampshire support the LiveStrong Program at two local YMCAs, which helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following cancer diagnoses with the goal of reducing cancer-related morbidity and mortality.
More than a million people in the United States get cancer each year. At least a third of all cancer cases are preventable by making healthy choices such as not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active and getting recommended screening tests.
Preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks’ gestation) is a serious health problem and is among the leading causes of newborn death, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Prenatal care is an important part of a healthy pregnancy; known strategies can lower the risk of an early birth.
Colorado Center for the Advancement of Patient Safety
The Safe Deliveries Colorado project helps reduce preterm and low-birthweight deliveries and improve infant outcomes. Modeled on the collaborative approach developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the grant supports the Colorado Hospital Association’s partnership with maternal health nonprofits, hospitals and OB providers to delay early delivery and reduce infant morbidity.
Through the Anthem Foundation’s $1.1 million grant to the March of Dimes, we help provide targeted interventions to reduce preterm births in 19 states. Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait helps communities work together to prevent preterm births by applying the “5 Ps”—partnership, provider initiatives, patient support, public engagement and progress measurement. Group prenatal care—specifically through a program called Centering Pregnancy—has demonstrated positive maternal and infant outcomes, including lower preterm-birth rates, higher satisfaction with care and higher breastfeeding rates, compared to traditional prenatal care. Evidence-based smoking cessation programs help pregnant women quit smoking to improve their health and the health of their babies.
American Diabetes Association
A grant in Virginia provides culturally targeted nutrition, health and physical activity programs that support diabetes prevention and management. Behavioral counseling sessions, including classroom instruction, cooking demonstrations and grocery shopping tours, help people control their nutritional environments, even in areas known as “food deserts.”
National Council on the Aging
This Foundation grant supports the implementation of the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management workshop through a partnership with OASIS in Indianapolis and St. Louis and the YMCA in Atlanta. Through this collaboration, individuals receive vital diabetes self-management training with potential for improved health outcomes.
A grant in Georgia supports the unique medical needs of children with type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent, or T1D) in an educational and medically supervised environment. The summer camps and family retreats utilize volunteer clinicians, dieticians, and endocrinologists, as well as positive role models, to work with youth to accept and manage this demanding chronic disease.
The Foundation invests in programs that stem the spread of diabetes through healthy lifestyle changes and increased physical activity.
Research has shown the long-term benefits of active, healthy living. Regular physical activity helps reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, colon cancer and diabetes. It also improves mental well-being, assists with weight control, reduces depression and anxiety and helps healthy muscles and joints.The Anthem Foundation’s programmatic support of healthy, active lifestyles for individuals with disabilities seeks to reduce healthcare disparities and improve access to care.
Triple Play Gets Kids Moving
The Anthem Foundation has committed $10 million to serve as a Great Futures signature partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) in a healthy lifestyles platform. Through the Foundation's five-year investment, the partnership will advance the BGCA's efforts to combat the growing rate of childhood obesity among the nation’s youth, helping nearly 8 million kids through the holistic health and wellness program Triple Play.
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Disabled Sports USA
This grant provides year-long adaptive sport opportunities for hundreds of wounded warriors and youth with disabilities in eight Anthem markets, aiming to increase physical activity levels. DSUSA partners with its community-based chapters to provide opportunities in 20 adaptive sports, resulting in greater independence, improved health and more-complete rehabilitation of wounded warriors, healthier lifestyles and more involvement with family, friends and communities.
The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC)
Anthem Foundation’s commitment to the NFGFC is helping open state-of-the-art fitness centers in schools across the U.S. Their mission is to turn a nation where more than 23 million children are overweight into one with the fittest, healthiest kids in the world. Physical activity not only prevents illness and reduces health care costs but enhances academic achievement, increases confidence and fosters better interpersonal relationships. Since 2014, the NFGFC has opened centers in 15 states, and is continuing to expand its reach.
NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives and experience resiliency, recovery and wellness. With a grant of $50,000 from the Anthem Foundation, NAMI will be re-orienting a volunteer workforce to deliver a peer-led program in 13 markets for people with mental health conditions. NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an eight-class program that is for and led by people with mental health conditions.