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April 18, 2013

Media Contact: Scott Golden
(804) 354-5252,

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Funds Diabetes Program

Wise, VA.--April 18, 2013 – The Health Wagon is pleased to announce that the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has provided a $200,000 grant to support the “Decreasing the Prevalence of Diabetes in Southwest Virginia” program. This grant will support the Health Wagon’s initiative to help manage diabetes, decrease risk factors, and support screening initiatives to identify and treat new diabetics. 

“The Health Wagon is honored to receive support from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation to support our diabetes program. This donation promotes and enhances access to health care delivery for citizens of Southwest Virginia,” said Dr. Teresa Gardner, executive director of The Health Wagon. “The donation supports the Health Wagon to continue valuable and needed services.”

Diabetes has become an epidemic in Southwest Virginia, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality rates for its residents.  With the assistance the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, the Health Wagon hopes to change the course of this debilitating disease. The funding will allow the Health Wagon to screen over 3,000 patients for diabetes, provide care for their current diabetes population, provide educational services for diabetics on therapeutic lifestyle changes, identify patients with diabetes and provide chronic care management utilizing evidenced based chronic care models. 

“We are pleased to help the residents in Southwest Virginia confront diabetes by partnering with the Health Wagon on this program,” said Jay Schukman, M.D., chief medical director, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “Chronic conditions like diabetes can be debilitating and devastating. However, by focusing on early detection through screenings and treatment, we can help increase the likelihood diabetes can be managed.”

About the Health Wagon
The Health Wagon strives to meet the unique challenges of health care delivery to the medically underserved and indigent in poverty-stricken areas of rural Appalachia. For more information about The Health Wagon, visit

About 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.

Media Contact:
Scott Golden
Ph: (804) 354-5252