Blue Cross and Blue Shield continued its long-standing tradition of
working to improve health and strengthen Wisconsin communities in 2016.
Through sponsorships, grants, volunteerism and charitable donations,
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, its foundation and associates in
Wisconsin directed hundreds of thousands of dollars and nearly 1,800
volunteer hours to events, organizations and causes working to address
health disparities and promote healthy lifestyles.
“For more than 75 years, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has served
our neighbors and our communities here in Wisconsin,” said Paul Nobile,
president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “Investing in and giving
back to our community is directly tied to our mission and we’re proud to
work each year with those making Wisconsin a healthier place.”
Highlights of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s 2016 efforts include:
Supporting health causes and organizations, such as the American Lung
for Air Climb and the American Diabetes Association Step
Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, through nearly $100,000 in local
Partnering with the American Heart Association and its allies to train
5,065 people in Hands-Only
CPR, including trainings with the West Allis Fire Department at
the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair.
Working with the American Lung Association, March of Dimes and
Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation to engage more than 200 people in smoking
Engaging 1,270 youth in healthy, active lifestyles through the Boys
and Girls Clubs of America’s Triple
Play program and providing grants
to five Wisconsin Clubs: Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac –
Johnsonville Unit; Boys & Girls Club of Fox Valley – Foster Elementary
School; Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay – Thomas H. Lutsey Unit; Boys &
Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee — Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club; and
Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh.
Opening three, new $100,000
fitness centers with the National Foundation for Governors’
Fitness Councils at Wisconsin schools: Appleton’s Badger Elementary,
Kenosha’s Washington Middle School and Milwaukee’s Lincoln Center of
Providing a grant to the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation to
support its Grapevine
Heart Health Program, helping nearly 200 women reduce
cardiovascular risk factors.
Contributing more than $110,000 to health-focused nonprofits through
the company’s Associate
Giving Program and Foundation match.
In addition to these efforts, Wisconsin also benefitted from nearly $1
million in national grants originating from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue
Shield’s parent company foundation.
“Among the many things the Badger state has to be proud of are the
countless organizations working to get kids off to a healthy start in
life and address our most pressing health challenges,” said Nobile.
“We’re proud to stand alongside so many of them and we look forward to
continuing this work in 2017.”
Highlights, summaries and photographs recapping Anthem Blue Cross and
Blue Shield’s 2016 community activities can be found on its blog at http://anthemwi.tumblr.com.
Additional information is also available in the company’s annual
Corporate Responsibility Report at www.anthemcorporateresponsibility.com.
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Wisconsin (BCBSWi), Compcare Health Services Insurance
Corporation (Compcare) and Wisconsin Collaborative Insurance Company
(WCIC). BCBSWi underwrites or administers PPO and indemnity policies and
underwrites the out of network benefits in POS policies offered by
Compcare or WCIC; Compcare underwrites or administers HMO or POS
policies; WCIC underwrites or administers Well Priority HMO or POS
policies. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield
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 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Well
Priority is a service mark of Wisconsin Collaborative Insurance Company.
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Wisconsin is available at www.anthem.com.
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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 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. ®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.