Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its Foundation Tackled Some of Connecticut’s Most Complex Health Needs in 2016

Anthem donates nearly $2 million in financial support to
community-based non-profit organizations throughout the state

WALLINGFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut (Anthem) has a long
history of giving back to the community and is committed to improving
the lives and health of Connecticut’s citizens. Anthem believes that
giving back to the community is not only a privilege; it’s a
responsibility. That responsibility is embedded in our company’s
purpose: it helps define us as an organization committed to transforming
health care through trusted and caring solutions. In 2016, Anthem, its
Foundation and associates advanced this mission by directing nearly
$2,000,000 to nonprofit organizations, events and programs working to
address some of the state’s most pressing health needs.

Anthem’s community efforts for 2016 were highlighted by nearly $142,000
pledged by its own associates during the annual Associate Giving
Campaign. In addition, Anthem associates donated more than 2,750
volunteer hours to benefit countless nonprofits in communities across
the state, earning more than $16,500 in the company-sponsored “Dollars
for Doers” grants for local agencies. The Anthem Foundation provided
$870,000 in grants to local organizations and Anthem contributed an
additional $930,000 in community support in contributions and
sponsorships from the company’s local headquarters in Wallingford.
Through its focus on heart health, cancer prevention, prenatal care,
diabetes prevention, active lifestyles and behavioral health, Anthem is
teaming with organizations that are setting the standard when it comes
to innovative programs that offer long term health solutions.

“We know that when our communities are healthy, residents are able to
thrive, grow and prosper,” said Jill R. Hummel, president of Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield. “We are proud to work with these organizations,
dedicated to improving the health of our communities and working to
change the lives of so many people throughout the state. Together, we’re
one step closer to achieving a healthier future for all.”

From teaching lifesaving skills to increasing cancer screening and
helping youth discover that eating healthy and staying active can be
fun, Anthem and its Foundation continue to tackle some of the state’s
most complex health issues. A quick look at some of this year’s
highlights illustrates how our work with these non-profits is helping to
reduce health disparities and empower local community residents to take
control of their health:

American Heart Association:

  • Anthem’s President Jill Hummel served as chairperson of the 2016 Go
    Red for Women Luncheon and Anthem was the lead sponsor of the event.
    The event raised more than $450,000 to support research, advocacy,
    education, and community outreach programs to eradicate heart disease.
  • We trained 875 in Hands-Only CPR at Greater New Haven Heart Walk.

Governors Prevention Partnership:

  • Partnership with the Hartford Public Schools and Governor’s Prevention
    Partnership to fund a mentoring program to address chronic absenteeism.

Boys & Girls of America:

  • We engaged 1,005 youth in healthy, active lifestyles through seven
    local Triple Play Club grants.

Disabled Sports USA:

  • We provided adaptive sports programming to 30 youth with disabilities
    in Wallingford.

March of Dimes:

  • We supported the March for Babies walk in Mystic.
  • We enabled 21 women to participate in Centering Pregnancy prenatal
    care programs. A 6.7% preterm birth rate was reported among these
    women, compared to the 9.6% US average rate.

Regional YMCA of Western CT:

  • Through our support of SCRAM (Students Can Run and Move Program), we
    improved the physical fitness of K-2 students by 41% and 3rd-5th grade
    students by 32%, while engaging 415 students in gardening programs.

About The Anthem Foundation

The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. and
through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes
the inherent commitment of Anthem, Inc. to enhance the health and
well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem, Inc.
and its affiliated health plans serve. 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 disease states and
medical conditions 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
year-round Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of
associates’ pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for
Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Anthem
Foundation, please visit
and its blog at

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut

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Plans, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield
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