Miércoles 22 de Agosto 2018

Amerigroup Foundation Tackles Some of Texas’ Most Complex Health Needs in 2016

Foundation contributes nearly $1.1 million to non-profit
organizations’ innovative programs aimed at creating healthier
generation of Texans

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Amerigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup Texas,
works with organizations throughout Texas to improve the health of our
communities. Through its focus on providing hands-only CPR classes and
relief and preparedness for future natural disasters, as well as
increasing physical activity and wellness for individuals with
intellectual disabilities and blind or visually impaired, the Foundation
is partnering with organizations that are setting the standard when it
comes to innovative programs, which offer long-term solutions.

In Texas, the Foundation provided nearly $1.1 million in grants.
Additionally, during 2016, Amerigroup Texas sponsored more than $100,000
in programs in the state.

Beyond the impact the company and Foundation are making in Texas,
Amerigroup associates donated 1,800 volunteer hours to benefit countless
nonprofits in communities across the state, directing more than
approximate through the company-sponsored “Dollars for Doers”
program. Also, during the year-round associate giving program, supported
by a Foundation match, Texas associates raised more than $36,000 for
local charities.

“We know that keeping our local communities healthy requires
a dedicated partnership with key organizations so that residents are
able to thrive, grow and prosper,” said Tisch Scott, president of
Amerigroup Texas. “Through sponsorships, grants, volunteerism and
charitable donations, Amerigroup Texas, its Foundation and associates
committed more than $1.2 million to organizations that offer innovative
programs that educate, motivate and encourage Texas’s residents to lead
healthier lives.”

A quick look at some of this year’s highlights illustrates how these
non-profits are helping to reduce health disparities and empower local
community residents to take control of their health:

  • In collaboration with The Arc of Houston and San Antonio, we
    impacted over 50 members of the I/DD communities through the Health
    Matters program. Amerigroup associates took part in the progress of
    the participants and attended their graduation from the program.
  • Through a partnership with the United States Association of Blind
    Athletes and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    ,
    we provided nearly 35 athletes, who are blind or visually impaired,
    opportunities to increase their physical activity levels through
    cheerleading, wrestling, goalball, self-defense and more.
  • Given our long-time support to the South Plains Food Bank in
    Lubbock they were able to reach and exceed their 350,000 pound goal
    during their U Can Share Food Drive, which helps provide 15,000 meals
    or the equivalent of 6,500 pounds of food that is distributed across a
    20 county service area.
  • Through the Foundation’s support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of
    America’s Triple Play program
    , Amerigroup engaged nearly
    3,000 youth in healthy, active lifestyles through local Triple Play
    Club grants to local Clubs, and helped renovate a Gamesroom in
    Arlington.
  • In an effort to help prevent deaths due to heart attacks, together
    with the American Heart Association, we trained 2,000
    Texans in hands-only CPR.
  • For more information, see Amerigroup’s annual online Corporate
    Responsibility Report
    , which outlines the company’s commitment to
    making a difference in people’s lives through the work of its
    associates, the philanthropic efforts of the Amerigroup Foundation,
    its diversity and inclusion initiatives and its environmentally
    responsible business practices.

About The Amerigroup Foundation

The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a
wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. Together, with local, regional
and national organizations, the Amerigroup Foundation works to enhance
the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities
that Amerigroup and its affiliated health plans serve. Amerigroup
Foundation funding is focused on strategic initiatives working to
address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as
well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational
initiative with five areas of focus: Healthy Heart, Cancer Prevention,
Healthy Maternal Practices, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, and Healthy
Active Lifestyle. 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’ campaign
pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers
community service programs. To learn more about the Amerigroup
Foundation, please visit www.anthem.foundation.

About Amerigroup Texas

Amerigroup Texas helps improve health care access and quality for
approximately 800,000 Texans by developing innovative care management
programs and services. Members are assured care that is not only
accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and
patient-centered. Amerigroup Texas provides ongoing community relations
and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their
health care. Through health education programs, members are empowered to
choose and sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Contacts

Amerigroup Texas
Olga Gallardo, 818-201-5682
olga.gallardo@anthem.com