LAS VEGAS--()--With roots dating back to 1969, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada (Anthem) has a proud tradition of serving not only its members, but also the broader community. In 2012, this legacy continued as the health insurer, its charitable foundation and local associates contributed more than $1.26 million and hundreds of volunteer hours to vital organizations and causes across the state.
“As an important part of our daily mission, we’re also honored to be able to support local and national organizations that are making a difference and improving the quality of life in our state.”
“We understand how health causes impact people at a very personal level, and that’s why we’re working hard to ensure quality, affordable health care solutions remain within reach for businesses, families, individuals and seniors,” said Mike Murphy, president of Anthem. “As an important part of our daily mission, we’re also honored to be able to support local and national organizations that are making a difference and improving the quality of life in our state.”
Through its State Health Index – a compilation of public health measures – and Healthy Generations grant program, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its foundation work to identify the health issues most in need of attention and then direct charitable support and volunteer efforts toward improving those areas. Major areas of focus for Anthem in 2012 included promoting active lifestyles and working to reduce the devastating impact of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease on Nevada children, adults and seniors.
Key areas of support included:
- Susan G. Komen For the Cure – Race for the Cure;
- American Heart Association – Las Vegas Heart Ball, Heart Walk, Jump Rope for Heart
- American Lung Association – Fight for Air Climb, Reno and Las Vegas;
- Immunize Nevada – flu vaccination program; and
- Carson City Health and Human Services – flu vaccination program.
Grants provided by the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation in 2012 included:
- $50,000 to support the and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s annual diabetes symposium in Las Vegas
Nevada communities also benefit from grants made by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s parent company to national and regional organizations, such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America, American Cancer Society and OASIS Institute.
On an annual basis, Anthem’s local associates enthusiastically support two of the parent company’s signature social responsibility programs: Community Service Day and Associate Giving Campaign.
Community Service Day – On April 28, 2012, company associates and their families also volunteered at community organizations throughout Nevada during the company’s Community Service Day. Taking place at three sites throughout the state, the annual effort benefitted nonprofits dedicated to improving the quality of life in local communities, including Opportunity Village, Food Bank of Northern Nevada, and Step2Reno.
Associate Giving Campaign – Each November, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield associates make one time contributions and ongoing pledges to health-focused charities through the company’s Associate Giving Campaign. The six charities in the 2011-2012 campaign were: American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Community Health Charities, Feeding America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and United Way. Contributions made through the campaign are backed by a 50 percent match from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, bringing the total paid out in 2012 to more than $38,000.
“The health causes we are supporting are not quick-fix issues,” Murphy said. “However, our hope is that by improving the lives of individuals we can make inroads on the major health challenges of our time and create brighter futures for families across the state.”
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Rocky Mountain Hospital and Medical Service, Inc., an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinIn, or visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin.
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation
Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield 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 annual associate giving campaign and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.