Amerigroup Tackles Some of Tennessee’s Most Complex Health Needs in 2016 to Create a Healthier Generation of Tennesseans

Amerigroup Foundation activates more than $500,000 in grants and
Amerigroup Tennessee contributes an additional $108,000 in company
funding to sponsor innovative programs

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AGPTN–The Amerigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup
Tennessee, has activated more than $500,000 in health and wellness
grants across Tennessee in 2016. Additionally, Amerigroup Tennessee, a
statewide provider of Medicaid managed care services, has contributed
another $108,000 in funding to sponsor community health programs. Funded
programs have been designed to address complex health needs and raise
awareness about statewide health issues, particularly obesity, chronic
disease, prenatal care and developmental/intellectual disabilities.
Sponsored programs and partnerships promoted the importance of health
education, staying physically active, access to appropriate nutrition
and making healthy lifestyle choices. These partnerships and programs
included the following:

  • The Foundation provided three Triple Play Program grants to
    local Boys & Girls Clubs that made it possible for more
    than 640 Tennessee youth to participate in Triple Play’s active
    lifestyle programs. These grants also helped enhanced programing to
    connect with more than 51,000 youth across the entire state of
  • A Foundation grant to the Governor’s Foundation for a Healthier
    made it possible to reach approximately one million
    Tennesseans to encourage better lifestyle choices. Funding
    specifically enabled the Governor’s Foundation to provide Small
    Start Health and Wellness Tools
    to approximately 1,700 workplaces
    and 230 faith-based organizations across 62 statewide communities.
    These tools are customized to help Tennesseans easily incorporate
    healthy habits into their daily routines to achieve improved health
  • The ARC of Tennessee received a grant from the Foundation to
    develop a program focused on helping individuals with intellectual and
    developmental disabilities to increase their knowledge about the
    importance of healthy lifestyles. Funding was used to create the Health
    and Fitness for All Program
    , which is a 12-week course that
    focuses on healthy eating and staying active. Since the launch of the
    course in 2016, 75 individuals have already successfully completed
    workshops and demonstrated the lifestyle changes they have made to
    achieve healthier futures.

The Amerigroup Foundation also distributed support through its Cares
Fund, a program created to assist Tennessee associates experiencing
personal hardship. Amerigroup associates also raised approximately
$57,500 for local charities and non-profits through personal donations
and a Foundation match. In addition, associates volunteered more than
250 hours in 2016, earning an additional grant that was distributed to
their chosen support organizations.

“Amerigroup is committed to helping our communities thrive, grow and
prosper, and we understand that success starts by addressing the health
of our residents,” said Al B. King, president of Amerigroup Tennessee.
“We are proud of the ongoing contributions being made by our Foundation,
associates and partnering community advocates, and we are confident that
together, our continued efforts will achieve a healthier future for all
of Tennessee.”

For more information, see Amerigroup’s annual online Corporate
Responsibility Report
, which outlines the company’s commitment to
making a difference in people’s lives through the work of its
associates, the philanthropic efforts of the Amerigroup Foundation, its
diversity and inclusion initiatives, and its environmentally responsible
business practices.


The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a
wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. Together, with local, regional
and national organizations, the Amerigroup Foundation works to enhance
the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities
that Amerigroup and its affiliated health plans serve. Amerigroup
Foundation funding is focused on strategic initiatives working to
address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as
well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational
initiative with five areas of focus: Healthy Heart, Cancer Prevention,
Healthy Maternal Practices, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, and Healthy
Active Lifestyle. These disease states and medical conditions 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 year-round 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. To learn more about the Amerigroup
Foundation, please visit


Amerigroup Tennessee helps improve health care access and quality for
approximately 436,000 Tennessee residents who participate in the state’s
various Medicaid programs. Amerigroup serves Tennesseans by developing
and delivering innovative care management programs and services.
Amerigroup Tennessee members are assured care that is not only
accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and
patient-centered. It provides ongoing community relations and outreach
to encourage members to become active participants in their health care.
For more information about Amerigroup, please visit our website at


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