We believe that targeting specific, preventable health concerns by making strategic charitable choices will help us create a healthier generation of Americans.
The Healthy Generations initiative uses innovative social mapping technology and analyzes public health data to provide a snapshot of the major health issues in each state. This allows us to drill down to the zip code level and target initiatives that positively affect the conditions that matter most. 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 Anthem Foundation is investing in preventive programs that minimize controllable cardiovascular diseases and strokes, including efforts to reduce smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and stressful and inactive lifestyles. 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 healthcare 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. Together, we’ve trained more than 6.5 million Americans and are tracking toward doubling – or even tripling sudden cardiac arrest survival rates. View the video
Prevention offers the most cost-effective, long-term strategy for the control of cancer. The Anthem Foundation partners with organizations that implement lifesaving cancer-prevention and early-detection programs. More than a million people in the United States get cancer each year. At least a third of all cancer cases are preventable if people make healthy choices such as not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests.
American Lung Association
A nearly $900,000 grant will help implement the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s smoke-free housing rule successfully through a Smoking Cessation program for low-income housing residents. 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.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
In partnership with Susan G. Komen Circle of Promise California initiative, we made over 12,000 mammograms possible last year and 132,000 interventions in an ongoing effort to reduce disparities for populations at greatest risk for breast cancer.
Healthy Maternal Practices
The Anthem Foundation focuses on programs that encourage and facilitate first-trimester prenatal care and help at-risk mothers commit to behaviors that reduce the numbers of low-birthweight babies. Preterm birth 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, and known strategies can lower the risk of an early birth.
March of Dimes
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 prevent preterm births by educating patients, providers, and the community on risk factors. Group prenatal care—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 improve their health and the health of their babies.
Healthy Diabetes Prevention
More than 25 million Americans are living with diabetes and a third of obese adults are at risk for developing this condition. The Anthem Foundation invests in programs that stem the spread of diabetes through healthy lifestyle changes and increased physical activity.
Double Up Food Bucks Colorado helps low-income families in urban, rural and suburban communities around Colorado double their ability to use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollars to purchase and consume fruits and vegetables. The Double Up program expects to reach 187,500 SNAP participants in 2017 in more than 20 Colorado counties, and 25 percent more in 2018.
A grant in Georgia supports the unique medical needs of children with type 1 diabetes in an educational and medically supervised environment. At summer camps and family retreats, volunteer clinicians, dieticians, endocrinologists, and positive role models help young people accept and manage this demanding chronic disease.
Healthy Active Lifestyle
The Anthem Foundation supports programs that raise awareness for, educate on, and encourage new behaviors, resulting in healthy, active lifestyles that offer long-term benefits. 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 support of healthy, active lifestyles for individuals with disabilities seeks to reduce healthcare disparities and improve access to care.
In 2014, the Anthem Foundation committed $10 million to serve as a Great Futures signature partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in a healthy lifestyles program. Through the Foundation’s five-year investment, we’re combating in childhood obesity among the nation’s youth, helping nearly eight million kids through the holistic health and wellness program Triple Play. View the video
Disabled Sports USA
This grant provides year-round adaptive sport opportunities for hundreds of wounded warriors and youth with disabilities in eight Anthem markets, aiming to increase physical activity levels. The program results in greater independence, improved health and more complete rehabilitation of wounded warriors, as well as healthier lifestyles and more involvement with family, friends and communities.
The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC)
The Anthem Foundation’s commitment to the NFGFC is helping open state-of-the-art fitness centers in schools across the United States. NFGC’s 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 healthcare costs, but enhances academic achievement, increases confidence and fosters better interpersonal relationships.
National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that 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 deliver Peer-to-Peer, a program taught by a team of "Mentors" who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. Participants are provided tangible resources and coping strategies to help them achieve and maintain health and wellness.