American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Announces Grant Winners
LEAWOOD, Kan. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States each year occur in people 65 years and older. With that in mind, the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014–15 Senior Immunization Grant Awards.
Funding for Senior Immunization Grant Awards is provided by the WellPoint Foundation, and Pfizer, Inc. In addition to receiving a grant to implement a quality improvement and/or community-based project, the winners will receive a travel scholarship to present the findings at the AAFP’s 2015 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, Aug. 7-9.
“We are proud to recognize these 16 programs, which have made it their mission to raise awareness and protect their communities from infectious diseases,” said Craig M. Doane, AAFP Foundation executive director. “These programs share our vision of improving health for everyone, and we hope they will serve as examples of best practices for others who look to increase vaccination rates in their communities.”
The Foundation presented 16 Senior Immunization Grant Awards to Family Medicine residency programs across the country:
The grants provide support to Family Medicine residency programs to implement quality improvement and community-based projects that will improve influenza and pneumococcal immunization rates in patients age 65 and older during the 2014–15 flu season.
“We know that members of our senior community are among the most vulnerable population during flu season, accounting for 90 percent of flu-related deaths,” said Richard Frank, medical director of Medicare programs at WellPoint. “So we’re honored to be able to support the AAFP Foundation in this unique program that will help keep seniors healthy.”
The AAFP Foundation Immunization Awards selection committee chose this year’s winners based on their ability to implement best practices and identify high-impact, team-based solutions to increase influenza and pneumococcal immunization rates in seniors.
“Pfizer is pleased to support, along with WellPoint and the AAFP Foundation, this important public health outreach and recognition,” said Jack Watters, vice president, Pfizer External Medical Affairs. “To achieve healthy and active aging, it’s important for the AAFP Foundation to recognize and support creative Family Medicine residency programs which are improving the health and well-being of older people in their communities.”
About the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
The AAFP Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians and advances the values of Family Medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational, and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people.
About WellPoint Foundation
The WellPoint Foundation is the philanthropic arm of WellPoint, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of WellPoint, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that WellPoint, Inc. 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. 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 WellPoint Foundation, please visit www.wellpointfoundation.org and its blog at http://wellpointfoundation.tumblr.comwww.wellpointfoundation.org and its blog at http://wellpointfoundation.tumblr.com.
Pfizer Inc: Working Together for a Healthier World®
At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world’s best-known consumer health care products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world’s premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
In an effort to get kids active this summer, Boys & Girls Clubs around the country will host stops for the Triple Play ‘Million Minutes in Motion’ mobile tour, with a goal of logging one million minutes of exercise. The tour kicked off last week in California, visiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley and the Challengers Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles. In total, the tour will travel to more than 20 cities.
Supported by WellPoint Foundation — as an extension of its $10 million, five-year national grant — and the Coca-Cola Company, the mobile tour is part of Triple Play, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) national signature health and wellness program. With more than three out of 10 young people considered obese or overweight, early education and active programming for youth is a shared priority for WellPoint Foundation and BGCA.
"Triple Play and the mobile tour this summer are changing the way kids think about being active and healthy, and we are proud to be a part of that great work," said Lance Chrisman, executive director, WellPoint Foundation. "The health and wellness of our nation’s kids is vitally important to our country’s future. Through programs like these, we can support more kids staying active during the out-of-school time, equipping them with health education and skills they will use in to adulthood."
With WellPoint associates and leaders attending and volunteering at several stops, the mobile tour will set up a variety of activities at each stop, from obstacle courses to sack races, jump ropes and hula-hoops. At each stop, hundreds of kids will participate with the goal of recording one million minutes in motion by Aug. 15.
To learn more about the #TriplePlayTour and the #KidsinMotion, follow along at www.tripleplaytour.com.
WellPoint, its associates and the WellPoint Foundation were recognized by the American Cancer Society on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, with the nonprofit’s Excellence in Philanthropy Award.
The annual award is given to organizations that have provided $1 million or more to the American Cancer Society during the previous year through a combination of corporate contributions, in-kind support, cause marketing and sponsorship, employee giving, and/or event fundraising.
Discussing the support it receives from corporate partners and foundations, American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin, PhD said:
"We have learned from more than 100 years of saving lives from cancer that silence won’t finish the fight – only action will. The generosity and ongoing support of these companies has a direct impact on the Society’s ability to ensure that lifesaving cancer research continues to get funded, to provide people facing cancer with the help they need, and to amplify our efforts so that we can, hopefully, make this cancer’s last century."
WellPoint Foundation is a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society. In February 2014, the foundation announced a new, $1.5 million grant to reduce cancer screening disparities. In addition, the American Cancer Society is a part of WellPoint’s ongoing Associate Giving Program which provides a 50 percent match of WellPoint associates’ donations to the American Cancer Society.
For more information about the WellPoint Foundation’s support for cancer projects and programs, please click here.
Related: American Cancer Society Press Release — American Cancer Society Honors Companies, CEO of the Year for Outstanding Commitment to the Fight Against Cancer
With a shared goal of ending breast cancer, the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) today announced receipt of a $150,000 grant from the WellPoint Foundation to enhance the ongoing education, training and outreach programs of its Online Center for NBCC Advocacy Training. The Center for NBCC Advocacy Training (Center) is the umbrella for NBCC’s education and training programs that give the lay public the tools it needs to understand complex medical information and to play a role in research and health care.
“The National Breast Cancer Coalition is extremely grateful to the WellPoint Foundation for its generous donation and support of NBCC’s mission to end breast cancer,” said Fran Visco, NBCC President. “This grant will allow us to continue to train breast cancer advocates on science, research and public policy, while improving their understanding of the importance of patient safety. Many of these advocates might not have had this opportunity without WellPoint’s support.”
Through in-person courses such as the highly respected Project LEAD® program, and online programming in science, research, and public policy, the Center gives individuals the knowledge and confidence they need to collaborate with researchers, disseminate evidence-based information to the public, advance well researched public policy and push for quality health care in their communities.
“Together, with nonprofits and organizations throughout the country, the WellPoint Foundation is working to improve health and address the personal and financial tolls associated with a cancer diagnosis,” said Lance Chrisman, executive director of the WellPoint Foundation. “Today’s grant is a part of our ongoing work to help prevent, detect and treat breast cancer, and a vital component of that is supporting the education and advocacy efforts creating positive change.”
NBCC has re-launched its Online Center for NBCC Advocacy Training with a fresh interface as well as a set of new learning modules from the organization’s 2014 Advocate Leadership Summit. The new Online Center also features a description of each course with specifics about what visitors can expect to learn. The courses are categorized by topic area and course level from beginners to advanced students. To continue providing best-in-class instruction, students are provided an opportunity to evaluate the information taught in each course. To begin your training, visit NBCC’s website at Deadline2020.org/OnlineCAT.
About the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC)
Founded in 1991, the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC) mission is to end breast cancer through the power of action and advocacy. In 2010, NBCC set a deadline and launched a plan of action to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020—Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. NBCC increases federal funding for meaningful breast cancer research; monitors how research funds are spent; expands access to quality health care for all; and ensures that trained advocates influence all decision making that affects breast cancer. Visit BreastCancerDeadline2020.org.
Hands-Only CPR has just two simple steps:
1) If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1; and
2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic Bee Gees’ song “Stayin’ Alive.”
Stayin’ Alive has always been the song of choice because it not only carries a lifesaving message, but also takes place at 100 beats per minute (BPM) — the perfect pace for administering Hands-Only CPR chest compressions.
That said, if disco isn’t your thing, the American Heart Association has assembled the following Spotify playlist of songs that also carry 100 BPM.
WellPoint Foundation is a proud supporter of the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR awareness and training campaign.
WellPoint Foundation is a proud member of the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program — a group of companies that give to the Red Cross in advance of emergencies so the organization may quickly respond when needed.
The following is a copy of an American Red Cross press release describing how the ADGP is helping the organization prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.
Corporate Partners Help Red Cross Prepare for Hurricane Season
WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 — As the 2014 Hurricane season begins, the American Red Cross is ready to help people when disasters strike, thanks to the help of more than 95 leading corporations that give through the organization’s Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Responder Program.
Members of both programs pledge donations in advance of major disasters, which provide the Red Cross with a reliable funding base to immediately respond during and after a disaster. Funding from members supports Red Cross disaster relief activities, including sheltering, feeding, purchasing and distributing relief supplies, storing equipment, providing health and emotional support and reconnecting individuals separated during disasters.
“Every day throughout the year, the Red Cross is on the front lines helping people who have been affected by home fires, natural disasters and countless other devastating emergencies, and we are so grateful for our Annual Disaster Giving Program and Disaster Responder partners,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO at the American Red Cross. “Their commitment to our mission allows the Red Cross to have vital resources in place before a disaster strikes so we can respond immediately with relief and support to communities in need nationwide.”
The 2014 hurricane season outlook of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center is for a 50 percent chance of a below-normal hurricane season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season and only a 10 percent chance of an above-normal season. However, it only takes one major storm to devastate a community. It is imperative for communities to prepare now for the unexpected.
People who live in a hurricane-prone area can prepare before a hurricane strikes by developing a family emergency and evacuation plan and building a disaster kit with basic supplies—water, first aid kit, flashlight, non-perishable food items and a battery-powered or hand-crank radio. Individuals should also download the free Red Cross Hurricane App for more information to keep their family safe before, during and after a storm.
The generous investments from ADGP and Disaster Responder members enable the Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters big and small, respond whenever and wherever disasters occur and help families during the recovery process.
The 2014 members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program are: 3M; Altria Group; American Express; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Aon; AT&T; Bank of America; BNY Mellon; Caterpillar Inc.; CHS Foundation; Cisco Foundation; Citi Foundation; Community Safety Foundation, funded by CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer; ConAgra Foods Foundation; Costco Wholesale Corporation; Darden Restaurants Foundation; Dell Inc.; Discover; Disney; Dr Pepper Snapple Group; eBay Inc.; Edison International; FedEx Corporation; GE Foundation; Grainger; H-E-B; Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation; The Home Depot; Humble Bundle; John Deere Foundation; Johnson Controls; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Kraft Foods Group Foundation; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; Mazda North American Operations; Medtronic; Meijer; Merck & Co., Inc.; Mondelēz International Foundation; National Grid; Nationwide Insurance Foundation; Northrop Grumman Corporation; PepsiCo Foundation; Samsung; Southwest Airlines; Sprint; State Farm; Target; TD Ameritrade; The Pew Charitable Trusts; The TJX Companies, Inc.; United Airlines; United Technologies Corporation; University of Phoenix; UPS; US Airways; VSP Vision Care; Walmart; Wawa; WellPoint Foundation; and Wells Fargo.
The 2014 members of the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program are: Alcoa; ArcelorMittal; AstraZeneca; AXA Foundation; Ball Corporation; Carlson Rezidor Hotels; The Clorox Company; Delta Air Lines; Farmers Insurance; Ford Motor Company; General Motors Foundation; H&M; H&R Block; Ingersoll Rand Foundation; Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Marsh & McLennan Companies; MetLife Foundation; Morgan Stanley; New Balance Foundation; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; Procter & Gamble Company; PuroClean; Residence Inn by Marriott; Ryder Charitable Foundation; Starbucks Coffee Company and Starbucks Foundation; Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation, Inc.; State Street; Sunoco; Texas Instruments; T O Y O T A; UBS Americas; US Bank; and Western Union Foundation.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.