BlueCross 2013 Outreach Efforts Total $11.3 Million

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Following its long-time practice of helping Tennesseans achieve better health, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee invested $11.3 million in 2013 to projects across Tennessee that emphasize healthy living, health care access and quality of life. More than 180 individual organizations plus another 200 elementary and middle schools benefited from BlueCross contributions.
 
The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust and corporate gifts are three major funding outlets BlueCross uses to make its charitable contributions.

“We’re committed to investing in efforts that improve the well-being of all Tennesseans, not just our members,” said Calvin Anderson, senior vice president of corporate affairs and executive director of BlueCross’ Tennessee Health Foundation and Community Trust. “As a company, we have a deep sense of commitment to our state and the thousands of communities that comprise it.”

In 2013, BlueCross focused efforts on causes such as Mothers and Infants Sober Together, a program that provides treatment and support for drug-addicted mothers and their children who suffer from neonatal abstinence syndrome – a condition caused by exposure to drugs during gestation.

Another focus was Nashville’s Faith Family Medical Center’s Journey to Health program, which provides affordable access to wellness activities, reducing health risk factors to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it.

Now in its fourth year, the Shape the State program – which brings the evidence-based SPARK P.E. curriculum and equipment into Tennessee middle schools – was a focus once again in 2013. So far, the program, which includes the OrganWise Guys nutrition and wellness program for elementary students, has impacted 155 schools and approximately 155,000 children across the state.

Other efforts addressed expanding behavioral and mental health services, strengthening middle school physical education programs and getting Tennesseans to live healthier lives through the state’s Healthier Tennessee initiative.

For more information on BlueCross’s 2013 community outreach efforts, read the 2013 Community Relations Annual Report. To watch videos highlighting some of these efforts and for more information on other outreach initiatives, go to the Corporate Responsibility page on BCBST.com.







Erlanger Breaks Ground On Outpatient Cancer Center

Elected officials and Erlanger Health System executives and representatives brook ground on the new outpatient cancer center and medical office building at Erlanger East. The new 80,000 square foot outpatient Cancer Center will include the Erlanger Center for Breast Health, an infusion center, radiation and medical oncology therapy, interventional radiology and imaging services, ... (click for more)

Siskin Children’s Institute Partners With Vanderbilt To Share SPARK Research Opportunity

Siskin Children’s Institute is partnering with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment & Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders to encourage participation in a research study focused on the condition. The study, known as SPARK, focuses on speeding up the research around and understanding of autism by building a community of 50,000 individuals with autism and their families ... (click for more)

School Board Approves "Partnership" With State As "Lesser Of 2 Evils"

The County School Board on Thursday night voted 7-2 to join in talks with the State Department of Education leading to a Partnership Zone for five low-performing schools. Joe Smith and David Testerman voted against the plan. Other board members said the only alternative was for the state to take over several low-performing schools under the Achievement School District in which ... (click for more)

Investors Who Lost In Dyer/Brennan Scheme Furious At Seeing Dyer At UTC Games; Attorney Says He Takes Disabled Brother To Work Games

Two victims in an investment scheme by Doug Dyer and James Brennan said they were furious to see Dyer continuing to attend UTC sporting events. Dyer is a past president of the Mocs' Quarterback Club. In two victim letters prior to the Dyer/Brennan sentencing next Friday - from Mickey McCamish and Mark E. Smith, they state that Dyer bought season tickets to UTC football and has ... (click for more)

September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

The calendar fills up quickly in September as families return to a packed routine after quieter summer days. Unfortunately, your health might take a backseat to your busy schedule. So make a note on your calendar that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and remind yourself—or the men in your life—about the importance of a healthy prostate.   Prostate cancer is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I Am Very Privileged

A California professor who teaches sociology at San Diego State told her students she would give each extra credit if they would participate in a “White Privilege Checklist” the other day. Understand, there is no pass or fail but, the more of the 20 statements you agree with, reveals you are “more guilty” of being white and therefore more “privileged” than those who are not. ... (click for more)