Indy Racial Equity Pledge

Anthem, Inc.

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OUR PLEDGE TO THE COMMUNITY

Anthem, Inc. is committed, connected, and invested in our communities.  We pledge to be a national and local leader and work in solidarity with our associates, provider partners, state and local government and community-based organizations to take action against long-standing racial inequality and health inequities in our healthcare system and in society as a whole, and to address social drivers of health facing consumers and communities across the country.

PLEDGE 1

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Anthem will act in our role as a national health leader to address racial and health inequities and improve the health of our communities

Focus Areas: Health

Anthem will work side-by-side with local, state and national leaders to address factors driving racial and health disparities in our healthcare system and society. Anthem is committed to creating sustainable change in communities across the country, especially in our headquarters in Indianapolis.

PROGRESS

  • Anthem pledged $50 million over the next five years to address racial injustice and health inequities across the country, starting with our homestate of Indiana.

  • Contributed to the Central Indiana Racial Equity Fund in support of organizations focused on having difficult conversations about Indiana's and the nation's complicated past and address issues of inequality.

  • Joined the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative to align with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal roles.

  • Actively participate in the Business Roundtable Special Task Force on Racial Equity and Justice to develop policy and advocacy priorities related to health disparities and equity.

  • Established and chair Business Equity for Indy Committee subcommittee focused on addressing health disparities facing minority and under served communities.

  • Over the past year, we’ve implemented more than 50 programs impacting our Anthem members, associates, and communities, with areas of focus including maternal health, food as medicine, substance use disorder, and vaccines (COVID-19, flu, and childhood immunizations).

  • As the COVID-19 vaccines rolled out across the country, we demonstrated leadership to help ensure access equitable access to vaccinations:

    • Joining Lyft and other leading partners to ensure our nation’s most vulnerable consumers had the opportunity to receive the vaccine. Through our partnership, we anticipate there to be over 60 million rides to and from vaccination sites for low-income, uninsured, and at-risk communities.

    • Collaborating with the American Lung Association and The Center for Black Health & Equity on a science-based guide on how to make a well-informed decision about the COVID-19 vaccine.

    • Working with our peers in the health insurance industry on “Vaccine Community Connectors,” which aims to vaccinate one million older adults in America’s underserved communities – specifically communities of color.

    • Partnering with hospitals and community-based organization to hold vaccination drives in cities throughout the country.

  • Launched a partnership with four WNBA basketball teams to make an impact on key communities, with a focus on food insecurity, mental health, health disparities, and racial and social justice. The overall goal is to address long-standing racial and health inequities facing communities by partnering with leading organizations across the country A critical element of this partnership, and so many others, is the ability to work collaboratively in identifying innovative ways that will have a long-lasting impact on improving community health. For example, the work we have been doing with the Indiana Fever across the state includes:

    • The “Athlete to Advocate” professional executive certificate program, developed by Indiana University and designed to prepare athletes to raise social awareness of the causes they support, advance solutions, and enhance their philanthropic activities and advocacy through their platform as professional athletes.

    • The “Anthem Assists” award, which serves as one of the premier community outreach programs for the Fever and honors individuals throughout the state of Indiana who have made an overwhelming impact in the lives of others by advocating for equity and inclusion in education, health and wellness, female empowerment, and corporate citizenship.

PLEDGE 2

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Anthem will leverage its assets to invest in the health of its members and communities to make health more affordable and address social drivers of health

Focus Areas: Health

Anthem will use data, research and analytics to drive insights and create solutions, and collaborate with provider and community partners to address drivers of health such as food, economic security, behavioral health, and improve health outcomes.

PROGRESS

  • Collaborated with leading nonprofit partners and others to provide no-cost pop-up flu clinics in Indianapolis and in vulnerable communities across the state to make it easier for people to get vaccinated and to increase health equity.

  • Provided a $1 million matching grant to Gleaners Food Bank to provide more than 10 million meals in our home city of Indianapolis. Generous public response exceeded expectations, raising $1,857,450. Anthem Associates donated over 700 hours of volunteer service offering a public show of support to the safety of volunteerism during the height of the pandemic.

  • Committed $50 million from the Anthem Foundation for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts to help areas of greatest need, including care provider safety, food insecurity, and mental and behavioral health resources. Impact of efforts includes $16 million in grants directed to 200 food-related organizations reaching 6M families; 2.2 Americans supported in their mental health journey through the challenges of COVID-19; distribution of 38 million units of life saving Personal Protective Equipment to help safeguard frontline healthcare workers, and emergency relief funding for the most vulnerable populations through Americares and Direct Relief.

  • Deployed associate resources and digital tools to support the whole health needs of consumers, including resources to manage social isolation, job loss, food insecurity and access to state and social services.

  • Renewed our commitment to community health with new model that brings a lens of equity to all of our work and further integrates our business assets – products, data and analytics, digital capabilities, relationships with care providers, our role as an employer, volunteerism, and our philanthropic dollars—to achieve value through cost-effective, evidence-based, sustainable interventions that deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

  • In June 2021, in partnership with LISC Indianapolis, Anthem Foundation announced that Indianapolis’ Northeast Corridor was selected to be the focal point of a three-year initiative to improve nutritious food access and help build a more equitable food system. Equitable Food Access in Indianapolis Neighborhoods is funded by a $2.45 million grant from the Anthem Foundation. It is a community-based planning and implementation process that convenes residents, community leaders, subject matter experts and civic organizations to develop strategies to achieve more equitable access to food and support economic mobility, racial equity and community resiliency.

  • We are continuing our national partnership with Feeding America called “Food is Medicine.” Locally, the program involves Eskenazi Hospital in which healthcare staff conduct food insecurity screenings and partner with food banks (Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis) to intervene appropriately.

  • Anthem Foundation recently announced an investment of up to $30M over the next three years to support programs that drive optimal health and well-being of women and their babies. The opportunity was shared through a grant RFP issued in July. Application for these funds is open to organizations from six states across the country, including Indiana, as well as those with national reach.

  • We are committed to our own associates’ health and wellbeing and recently launched an innovative new benefit plan for Anthem associates that offers lower premiums and out-of-pocket costs and includes a Life Essentials Kit to address drivers of health and the greatest needs for our associates. Thoughtfully researched and developed, the kits help make it easier for them to pay for their essential needs including nutrition, childcare, and transportation.

  • Anthem joined with fellow Blue plans to launch a national health equity strategy focused on scaling best practices across four conditions: maternal health, behavioral health, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. We started with maternal health and set a goal to reduce racial disparities in maternal health by 50 percent in five years. Through multi-system approaches like these – which combine data, community engagement, and education – we are working to break down barriers and increase access to high-quality maternal healthcare for women of color.

  • We launched The First Lady Teas program, which is designed to encourage faith-based leaders to provide information and support to at-risk mothers and babies in their congregations with education-focused community baby showers. Bringing pregnant women together to learn and support one another yields strong results, as we’ve learned through engaging in Centering Pregnancy, a group prenatal care model. Specifically, it has led to reductions in preterm birth rates and increased birth weights.

PLEDGE 3

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Anthem will prioritize the health of its associates and advance its efforts to create an inclusive, diverse workforce and environment

Focus Areas: Health, Education

Anthem will increase associate awareness, engagement and involvement in the community, cultivate an inclusive environment, and shape the mindsets and behaviors required to creating lasting change

PROGRESS

  • 90% of Anthem associates participate in monthly Culture Conversations.

  • Trained leaders on having difficult conversations about social unrest.

  • Redesigned Anthem Associate Resource Group (ARG) model for stronger connections with associates in the community to drive engagement, develop talent and support and represent the voice of ourcustomers.

  • Expanded our associate giving opportunities by providing a 1:1 match for their contributions to the following organizations: National Urban League, United Negro College Fund (UNCF), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Race Forward, and United Way. And, through our Dollars for Doers Program associates are able to raise additional funds for a nonprofit of their choice.

  • Diversity is one of five values at Anthem where we expect associates to open their hearts and minds, as well as foster a trusting and inclusive environment. Anthem measures its progress in this area through our Associate Engagement Survey and an Inclusion & Diversity Index. Anthem surveyed is associates in 2021 and received an 89% favorable response to our I&D Index, up two percentage points from our 2019 survey.

  • Additionally, 90% of Anthem associates participate in monthly conversations that address important topics and concepts such as listening, empathy and diverse perspectives.

  • We restructured and elevated our Business Resource Groups, formerly Associate Resource Groups, for stronger connections in the community to drive engagement, develop talent and support and represent the voice of our customers. We host regular webinars on key topics, including mental health, vaccines, and maternal health for underserved populations, providing our BRG members with the tools they need to extend this education to their local communities.

  • As social unrest challenged our nation and violence against certain racial and ethnic groups increased, our teams experienced a complex range of emotions. To address these feelings and create an open dialogue, we conducted more than 60 “Leading and Listening” sessions across the enterprise and are now building these into ongoing conversations.

  • Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Anthem partnered with Lions Clubs International, the largest service club organization in the world, to coordinate Anthem Volunteer Days. Across the nation, we safely planned 60 food distribution events – alongside a virtual food drive opportunity – which brought over 700,000 meals to those in need. Our efforts included everything from work at community gardens and food pantries, to transforming our office parking lots into mobile distribution centers staffed by Anthem volunteers.

  • Provided education through Safe Space Allyship about how to be an active ally and interact with individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ in a thoughtful, respectful, and caring way.

  • Established the Anthem Medical Associate Volunteer Program for associates with professional medical training to volunteer in their local community. The program allows eligible associates to relieve medical staff in hospitals and other care settings across the country by taking up to 80 hours of paid leave from their regular Anthem role to use their medical expertise and training to deliver necessary care and services.

  • To grow our early career pipeline of leaders, in December 2020, Anthem formed a partnership with Jopwell, a career advancement platform for Black, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students and professionals, to assist Anthem in accelerating Anthem's presence and recruiting efforts at scale, specifically on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions. Anthem actively recruits from key Indiana-based schools such as Purdue University and Indiana University.

  • We are working with both the United Negro College Fund and more recently, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to support Historically Black colleges and universities to provide scholarships, career coaching, and other opportunities on the advancement and leadership development of women and people of color in our workforce.

Join us in the important work of creating racial equity in Central Indiana.

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