Simply Healthcare Foundation Directs More Than $125,000 to Support Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Florida during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Simply Healthcare Foundation is directing more than $125,000 to several Boys & Girls Clubs across Florida to address needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will support initiatives such as transportation, healthy eating and access to healthy food options, the Triple Play (News - Alert) program and summer childcare services.
The Simply Healthcare Foundation is a philanthropic arm of the Anthem Foundation, which has committed to provide more than $50 million to support COVID-19 relief efforts across the country.
"There is an unprecedented need for support in our local communities and Simply Healthcare is committed to supporting local organizations as we all grapple with the challenges brought on by this pandemic," said Holly Prince, Simply Healthcare Medicaid Plan President. "To help address the needs of Floridians, we are proud to be working with the Boys & Girls Clubs to support initiatives that will have a direct, positive impact on the health and well-being of people and communities that have been adversely impacted by the pandemic."
Simply Healthcare Foundation's $125,000 contribution will support nine Boys & Girls Clubs as they work to urgently address specific COVID-19 relief efforts. The funds will support Triple Play, virtual learning efforts, programs to proote healthy eating and fitness and food distribution efforts to local communities. The funding will support the Boys & Girls Clubs in Hernando, Polk, Citrus, Broward and Manatee Counties, as well as the Tampa Bay, Northeast Florida, Suncoast and Miami-Dade clubs.
"The Boys & Girls Clubs are working tirelessly to support our communities during the pandemic," said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. "We are grateful to Simply Healthcare Foundation for their generous grant for the Project Learn program to support great futures. With their support, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade can continue to offer in-person and virtual summer programs to our area youth in a safe and structured environment. These positive programs are very important to keeping our youth members engaged during this critical time."
In 2020, the Simply Healthcare Foundation has contributed more than $600,000 to support COVID-19 relief efforts across Florida to address food insecurity, basic human services, personal protective equipment and medical supplies, technology and social and emotional wellness.
ABOUT SIMPLY HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
Simply Healthcare Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. Together, with local, regional and national organizations, Simply Healthcare Foundation works to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem and its affiliated health plans serve. Simply Healthcare 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 six areas of focus: Healthy Heart, Cancer Prevention, Healthy Maternal Practices, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, Healthy Active Lifestyles and Mental Health. 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.