Anthem Blue Cross Foundation Tackled Some of California’s Most Complex Health Needs in 2016

Foundation contributes $3.8 million in open activity to non-profit
organizations’ innovative programs aimed at creating healthier
generation of Californians

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Everyday countless nonprofits across the state are working hard to
improve the health of our communities. The Anthem Blue Cross Foundation,
the philanthropic arm of Anthem Blue Cross, recognizes the impact these
organizations are making and shares a common goal for a healthier
generation of Californians.

“We know that when our communities are healthy, their residents
are able to thrive, grow and prosper,” said Brian Ternan, president of
Anthem Blue Cross. “The Anthem Blue Cross Foundation is proud to team
with these organizations that are dedicated to improving the health of
our communities and are working to change the lives of so many people
across the state.”

Through its focus on heart health, cancer prevention, prenatal care,
diabetes prevention, active lifestyles and behavioral health, the Anthem
Blue Cross Foundation teams with organizations that are setting the
standard when it comes to innovative programs that offer long term

“No one entity can do all the work necessary to help improve the health
of our communities,” said Steve Melody, president of the Anthem Blue
Cross Medicaid plan. “However, through collaborations with the Anthem
Blue Cross Foundation and these charities, 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, the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation continues to tackle some of the
California’s most complex health issues. 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:

  • The Anthem Blue Cross Foundation continued their efforts with the American
    Heart Association,
    working to double sudden cardiac arrest
    survival rates by 2020 through Hands-Only CPR training. Mobile tours
    in cities across the state and additional training events taught more
    than 3,100 Californians this lifesaving skill.
  • Through the Foundation’s support of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s
    Triple Play program,
    this collaboration is combating childhood
    obesity and sparking a passion among youth to achieve a healthy mind,
    body and soul. The Anthem Blue Cross Foundation’s support engaged
    1,766 youth in healthy and active lifestyles through 13 local Boys &
    Girls Clubs.
  • In an effort to reduce disparities for populations at greatest risk
    for cancer, the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation partnered with the American
    Cancer Society
    to provide more than 6,000 low or no cost
    screenings to individuals in California communities with the greatest

Beyond the impact made by the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, Anthem Blue
Cross associates donated more than 7,100 volunteer hours to benefit
countless nonprofits in communities across the state. Additionally,
during the year-round associate giving program supported by an Anthem
Blue Cross Foundation match, they raised $568,000.

For more information, see Anthem’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 Anthem Blue Cross
Foundation, its diversity and inclusion initiatives and its
environmentally responsible business practices.

About Anthem Blue Cross Foundation

Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation LLC,
an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Association promotes Anthem
Blue Cross’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of
individuals and families in communities that the company 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 year-round
Associate Giving program and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent
match of associates’ pledges. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of
Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross names and symbol are
registered marks of the Blue Cross Association.

About Anthem Blue Cross

Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of Blue Cross of California. Anthem
Blue Cross and Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company are
independent licensees of the Blue Cross Association. ® ANTHEM is a
registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross
names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Association.
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