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

Foundation contributes nearly $430,000 to non-profit organizations’ innovative programs aimed at creating healthier generation of Kansans

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--()--The Amerigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup Kansas works with organizations throughout Kansas to improve the health of our communities. Through its focus on prenatal care, smoking cessation, and active lifestyles, the Foundation is teaming with organizations that are setting the standard when it comes to innovative programs that offer long term solutions.

“We know that when our communities are healthy, their residents are able to thrive, grow and prosper”

In Kansas, the Foundation provided nearly $430,000 in grants. Additionally, Amerigroup Kansas sponsored $100,000 in programs in 2016 in the state.

Beyond the impact the company and Foundation are making in Kansas, associates of Amerigroup donated approximately 1,200 volunteer hours to benefit countless nonprofits in communities across the state, earning more than $8,000 dollars in the company-sponsored “Dollars for Doers” grants for local agencies. And, during the year-round associate giving program supported by an Amerigroup Foundation match, Kansas associates raised $15,000 for local charities.

“We know that when our communities are healthy, their residents are able to thrive, grow and prosper,” said Laura Hopkins, president of Amerigroup Kansas. “Amerigroup Kansas and its Foundation are 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. Together, we’re one step closer to achieving a healthier future for all.”

From providing smoking cessation and group prenatal education, to helping youth discover that eating healthy and staying active can be fun, and supporting high school students who are interested in healthcare careers, the Foundation continues to tackle some of the nation’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:

  • Through the Amerigroup grant to the March of Dimes, nearly 130 women participated in the Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait programs in Reno and Sedgwick Counties, and 30 providers at a professional education event in Wichita .
  • In an effort to battle preterm births, together with the American Lung Association, about 180 pregnant Kansans mothers in smoking cessation programs.
  • Through the Foundation’s support of the 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. Amerigroup engaged 200 youth in healthy, active lifestyles through local Triple Play Club grants to Clubs in Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City.
  • This year an innovative partnership took flight on November 1, 2016 when Kansas Governor Sam Brownback joined a celebration at Schlagle High School in Kansas City, recognizing the partnership between Amerigroup Foundation and Jobs for America’s Graduates Program in Kansas (JAG-KS). Amerigoup awarded JAG-KS $19,500 grant to support healthcare career pathways in Schlagle and Harmon High Schools.

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 Kansas

Amerigroup Kansas helps improve health care access and quality for approximately 130,000 low-income Kansas citizens by developing innovative care management programs and services. Amerigroup Kansas members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. It provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their health care.

Contacts

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

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