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Anthem Blue Cross Foundation Commits $1.9 Million to California Maternal Health Initiative

May 19, 2022

The Anthem Foundation recently announced the commitment of more than $14.5 million in grants to address maternal health disparities and improve health outcomes. These grants are part of up to $30 million the Foundation plans to invest over the next three years to make significant progress on improving maternal health outcomes. As part of that commitment, four California-based organizations will receive $1.9 million over the next three years to begin their maternal health initiatives as the first round of awardees. They include:
•            $250,000 to SisterWeb (San Francisco/Bay Area)
•            $425,000 to 18 Reasons (San Francisco/Bay Area)
•            $400,000 to Marjaree Mason Center (Fresno)
•            $825,000 Black Wellness & Prosperity Center (Fresno)
Each initiative will focus on reducing preterm birth rates, reducing maternal morbidity and mortality, and reducing primary cesarean rates.
In addition to the local grants, the Foundation will award $7.1 million to Creating Healthier Communities (CHC) to combat disparities in preterm birth rates among Black women. Through the Foundation’s grant, CHC will bring to market a novel point of care tool developed to screen Black mothers for stress and social determinants of health (SDH) correlated to indicators or predictors of preterm births.
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