Anthem Blue Cross has announced grants totaling $3.4 million to programs and organizations working to improve the health and well-being of communities in California.
In 2011, the health insurance provider and its foundation awarded grants in support of efforts to promote youth health, prevent pre-term births, and provide state-mandated vaccinations for pertussis (whooping cough) to middle and high school students. Recipients include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which was awarded a grant for a program that seeks to address childhood obesity in the state; the Oasis Institute, which received a grant for a program that aims to teach children about the importance of healthy eating, active lifestyles, and good decision-making; and HealthCorps, which was awarded a grant for a peer mentoring program and nutrition, fitness, and mental strength curriculum.
In addition, the company distributed more than $400,000 to community organizations and nonprofits working to enrich the quality of life across the state, while Anthem employees pledged more than $800,000 and 2,300 hours of service to health-related causes and organizations.
"Anthem Blue Cross and our associates work hard every day to help Californians get and stay healthy," said the organization's president, Pam Kehaly. "I'm proud to lead a company that contributed millions of dollars and whose associates have volunteered thousands of hours to charities and community causes in 2011."