In honor of Summer markets starting to open for our Double Up Food Bucks program, this month we are highlighting one of Double Up’s funders and food system changemaker, the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation (ABCBS)!
The Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (ABCBS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. Together in partnership with local, regional, and national organizations, the ABCBS Foundation is committed to mobilizing strategic programs supporting our mission to improve lives and communities. ABCBS Foundation funding is focused on providing innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting our Healthy Generations Program – a multi-generational initiative addressing six key conditions: Heart Health, Cancer Prevention, Healthy Maternal Practices, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, Behavioral Health, and Healthy Active Lifestyles.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, ABCBS and its Foundation pivoted quickly to address immediate needs of our communities in the wake of wide-sweeping physical, mental, and economic challenges. One of the earliest and most significant issues to address was food insecurity, in which our partnerships with cornerstone organizations such as Nourish CO played a key role in making sure we were doing our part to support Coloradans’ access to healthy, nutritious foods.
We also directly acknowledge that COVID-19 magnified many of the deep-seated inequities that exist within our health care system, represented by the social unrest that has rippled across the country. ABCBS has always been connected and invested across underserved communities, and will remain steadfast in our commitment to address the social determinants that dictate individuals’ and families’ ability to achieve their best sense of wellness. By increasing access to critical resources, our desire is to rework the fabric of our system to close the gaps on health disparities for minority populations.
We’re grateful for the presence of Nourish CO as an organization that helps us bring this mission to life, and look forward to the impacts and stories to be created through our partnership.