Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Awards $15,000 to Greater Seacoast Community Health to Expand Cancer Screenings
MANCHESTER, N.H. — As part of its commitment to increasing access to preventative care for consumers, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has awarded a grant of $15,000 to Greater Seacoast Community Health to support the organization’s cancer-screening services. The grant will supplement the organization’s ongoing efforts to make sure uninsured or underinsured individuals have access to screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, from its locations at Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth and Families First Health Center in Portsmouth.
“When people lack financial resources, some of the first things they tend to forgo are preventive screenings like colonoscopies, mammograms and Pap tests,” said Janet Laatsch, CEO of Greater Seacoast Community Health. “This grant from Anthem helps us remove barriers that keep people from having access to these life-saving tests.”
“Creating greater access to care, including preventative care, is an essential component of what we do every day at Anthem. That’s because regular screenings for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer lead to early detection, which saves lives,” said Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire. “We’re very proud that our Foundation’s support for Greater Seacoast Community Health allows for expanded access to these critical screenings, helping more people in the community get the care they need.”
Greater Seacoast Community Health was created in January 2018 through the merger of Goodwin Community Health, in Somersworth, and Families First Health and Support Center, in Portsmouth. The organization is one of New Hampshire’s largest community health centers, serving about 16,000 local adults and children, many of them uninsured, underinsured or lacking access to affordable, quality health care.
Since 2006, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has awarded Greater Seacoast Community Health (and previously Families First Health and Support Center) more than $65,000 to support the organization’s prenatal and primary care programs.
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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 year-round Associate Giving program and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates’ 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.
About Greater Seacoast Community Health
Greater Seacoast Community Health includes Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth, Families First Health & Support Center in Portsmouth, and Lilac Pediatrics in Rochester. The organization provides primary care for people of all ages, dental care, prenatal care, counseling, substance misuse treatment and recovery services, parenting classes, family programs, home visiting, and mobile health services for people experiencing homelessness. Services are open to all in the Greater Seacoast region (Eastern Rockingham County, Strafford County and southern Maine), regardless of ability to pay or insurance status. For more information, visit GoodwinCH.org and FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org.