|[December 12, 2012]
A Healthy Head Start: Grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation supports prenatal care at Families First
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. --(Business Wire)--
The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has donated $15,000 to
help Families First Health and Support Center deliver prenatal care for
high-risk women, the two organizations announced today.
The grant is part of Anthem's Healthy Generations initiative, which
funds programs that are aimed at improving specified health measures.
Families First's grant was awarded to help at-risk expectant mothers
commit to behaviors proven to reduce low birth-weight outcomes and lead
to healthier babies.
"Anthem's grant will help us minimize the factors that often lead to low
birth-weight by providing obstetric care, nutrition education, substance
abuse counseling and help addressing psychosocial issues," says Families
First Executive Director Helen Taft. "These services have helped us
consistently exceed the national average in percentage of babies who are
born at a healthy weight, even though many of our patients face
homelessness, poverty, domestic violence and other risks."
Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New
Hampshire, lauded the efforts of Families First. "We've been pleased to
collaborate with Families First on prior occasions and we're thrilled to
be able to continue to support their work," she said. "They are a
wonderful resource and play a vital role in the good health of the
In addition to prenatal care, Families First provides general medical
care for people of all ages, dental care, and parenting and family
programs. More information is aailable at 603-422-8208 and
About the 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 annual associate giving campaign and its
parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates' campaign
pledges. ®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.
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health
Plans of New Hampshire, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Association. ®ANTHEM is a registered trade mark of
Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names
and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield
Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue
Shield in Maine is available at www.anthem.com.
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