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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Awards $25,000 Grant to NEP

Mar 28, 2016

Grant Will Help Support Programs for Veterans and Youth with Disabilities

 DURHAM, NH — The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Foundation today announced a $25,000 grant to Northeast Passage which will help provide year-long support for recreational therapy and adapted sports programming for our wounded veterans, as well as youth and adults with disabilities.

The mission of Northeast Passage (NEP), a program of the University of New Hampshire, is to create an environment where individuals with disabilities can enjoy recreation with the same freedom of choice, quality of life, and independence as their non-disabled peers. Over the last 10 years NEP has worked extensively with Veterans with disabilities. Respecting the unique challenges that this population faces, NEP developed a continuum of services to maximize whole life health. Veterans enter the continuum at the point that matches their needs and progress with appropriate support until the Veteran achieves a sense of home, health, and happiness. Last year, NEP served about 300 hundred veterans. Anthem’s grant will help continue and expand that work.

“For over 70 years we have been committed to providing access to quality, affordable healthcare and working in our communities to promote healthy, active lifestyles. We are very excited about working with Northeast Passage to help create an ever increasing barrier-free world, allowing those with disabilities to maintain independence, health and wellbeing,” said Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire. “Northeast Passage has proven to be a national leader in recreational therapy and adaptive sports. As a local company we are proud to support their efforts here in New Hampshire.”

Through this grant Anthem will also serve as the title sponsor the Three Notch Century, a three-day bike ride (Sept. 9-11) through the White Mountains to raise awareness and funds for Northeast Passage.

“Northeast Passage is thrilled to partner with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire and we are honored that they have recognized our efforts through this commitment,” said Jill Gravink, executive director of Northeast Passage. “Anthem and Northeast Passage share similar values and we look forward to working with them to support individuals with disabilities in the region.”

NEP was founded in 1990 as a private non-profit organization. In March of 2000, after years of successful collaboration, NEP became a program of the University of New Hampshire serving as the service branch of the Recreation Management and Policy Department within the College of Health and Human Services.

Each year Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield invests about $1 million in local New Hampshire organizations, while employees devote thousands of volunteer hours to directly assist non-profits dedicated to strengthening the community and working to build a healthier future.

 About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation

Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. 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. These 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 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.  ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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