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.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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.

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

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.


The Amerigroup Foundation
Olga Gallardo, 818-201-5682