In 2007, WellPoint strengthened its commitment to improving the lives of the people we serve and the health of our communities by launching the State Health Index. This index is designed to help WellPoint track and target specific improvements in the health of the entire population in the states we serve.
To assist in meeting these goals, the WellPoint Foundation supports the Healthy Generations program, a multi-generational initiative to help improve public health in 14 states where WellPoint, through its subsidiaries, operates health plans.
Specifically, Healthy Generations funds programs that are aimed at improving several measures included in WellPoint's State Health Index. These measures include:
Helping children reduce their obesity levels
Helping adults reduce their risks for cardiac mortality
Helping adults improve and sustain healthy physical activity levels
Helping decrease the prevalence of diabetes in adults
Helping at-risk expectant mothers engage in sustained prenatal care in their first trimesters
Helping at-risk expectant mothers commit to behaviors that reduce numbers of low birth-weight babies
Helping adults improve their influenza prevention and immunization rates
Helping adults improve their pneumococcal prevention and immunization rates
Helping individuals adopt and sustain smoking cessation behaviors