Anthem Foundation is a longtime AmeriCares partner, supporting its emergency recovery work in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, its relief efforts in China following the 2008 Sichuan Province earthquake, and its response to Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis in 2008.
In 2014, the Anthem Foundation became an AmeriCares Annual Emergency Response Partner. Through this partnership, Anthem is providing year-round, dedicated financial support to help AmeriCares not only be one of the first relief organizations on the scene of a disaster, but also be there for the long term.
“The Anthem Foundation takes a proactive approach to disaster relief," said Lance Chrisman, executive director, Anthem Foundation. "We’re proud to support AmeriCares as an Emergency Response Partner. Additionally, through our associate engagement programs, Anthem encourages and augments the efforts of associates who want to contribute to disaster relief in their communities or the communities we serve. From organized blood drives at office locations across the country to emergency preparedness training, our associates commit their time, energy, and resources toward disaster relief efforts year-round.”
Every day, AmeriCares emergency response team is active around the world in all phases of addressing emergencies, from monitoring and readiness through response and recovery. Planning and preparation are critical to a swift and effective relief response to a disaster – from earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes and tornadoes, to disease outbreaks and civil strife.
AmeriCares Annual Emergency Response Partners help us maintain the strong foundation from which we respond to these disaster events. Their support helps AmeriCares conduct in-country assessments, pre-position emergency medical and relief aid in disaster-prone regions of the world, quickly mobilize emergency response experts in times of disaster, and establish long-term recovery programs.
In addition to disaster relief funding, the Foundation supports the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem and its affiliated health plans serve. 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.