Indianapolis, Kansas City and Houston to serve as pilot sites to
evaluate health promotion interventions
INDIANAPOLIS & NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 3, 2016--
A recent study
by the National Urban League Policy Institute found that health
disparities cost the U.S. economy $82.2 billion in 2009, $60 billion in
health care spending and $22.2 billion in lost productivity. Left alone,
costs associated with chronic health conditions facing certain ethnic
groups are expected to soar to $363 billion in 2050 as the U.S.
population grows increasingly diverse.
With a common goal of eliminating health disparities in the African
American community, Anthem, Inc., the National Urban League, City of
Hope and Pfizer, Inc., have teamed up to create Take Action for
Health, a unique initiative focused on reducing some of the greatest
health risks facing the African American community today: breast cancer,
heart disease and emotional well-being.
Take Action for Health strives to increase mammograms, blood
pressure screenings and screenings for depression and anxiety-risk in an
effort to catch these health conditions early while they are more
treatable. For example, African-American women have the lowest breast
cancer survival rate of all ethnic and racial groups, according to the
American Cancer Society, and one potential reason may be because
African-American women are diagnosed with more advanced or later stage
National Urban League affiliates in Indianapolis, Kansas City and
Houston will serve as the pilot sites for 300 participants to attend
onsite Urban League wellness programs and test a newly created
interactive website that will encourage key health screenings, address
barriers, provide information on low and no cost services, empower
participants to track their screenings, and make it easy to share
information with their health care teams, family and friends.
Participants in the Take Action for Health pilot study will take
two online surveys – one now and a second one in September – that will
measure self-reported screening behaviors, satisfaction with the
website, and level of empowerment regarding their health care.
“This pilot is a critically important extension of the National Urban
League’s programming, advocacy and innovation around eliminating health
disparities and addressing the social determinants of health in the
communities we serve,” said Hal Smith, senior vice-president of
Education and Health at The National Urban League. “Partners such as
City of Hope, Pfizer and Anthem match our commitment to these goals and
to meaningfully improve the health and wellness of vulnerable
populations and advancing impactful community health as we develop and
refine leading-edge approaches, supports and content.”
“Addressing health disparities begins with understanding they are
steeped in complex issues that bridge cultural stigmas, socioeconomic
challenges, and a variety of risk factors,” said, Craig Samitt, M.D.,
executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Anthem. “Today
for example, we are witnessing the alarming impact breast cancer is
having on African American women; Take Action for Health
will not only help us better understand why our communities are at risk,
but also empower individuals and their families to overcome obstacles to
take control of their health.”
Results from the pilot study will be made publically available in early
2017 along with the free, Take Action for Health website.
About Anthem, Inc.
Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) is working to transform health care with trusted and
caring solutions. Our health plan companies deliver quality products and
services that give their members access to the care they need. With over
72 million people served by its affiliated companies, including more
than 39 million enrolled in its family of health plans, Anthem is one of
the nation’s leading health benefits companies. For more information
about Anthem’s family of companies, please visit www.antheminc.com/companies.
About National Urban League
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization
dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of
living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910
and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads
the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs,
public policy research and advocacy. Today, the National Urban League
has 88 affiliates serving 300 communities, providing direct services
that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people
nationwide. Visit www.nul.org and
follow on Twitter @NatUrbanLeague.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer,
diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only
45 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the
National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the
National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment
protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is
located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout
southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals"
in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913,
City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based
on technology developed at the institution. For more information about
City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.
About Pfizer Inc.: Working together for a
At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies
to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive
to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery,
development and manufacture of healthcare products. Our global portfolio
includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world's
best-known consumer healthcare products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues
work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness,
prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases
of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world's
premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with
health care providers, governments and local communities to support and
expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For
more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who
rely on us. For more information, please visit us at www.pfizer.com.
In addition, to learn more, follow us on Twitter at @Pfizer
and like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Pfizer.
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National Urban League