Vivent Health Receives $50,000 from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation
Gift will support improving health equity and outcomes for people living with HIV in Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisc. – November 9, 2020 – Vivent Health announced today they are the recipient of a $50,000 grant award from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation. This gift will ensure over 5,000 people affected by HIV in Wisconsin will continue to have access to quality care, treatment and prevention services needed to achieve the best possible health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We remain relentless in our efforts to provide the best, inclusive care to our communities, and quickly adapting our service delivery model throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is another example of that commitment,” said Michael J. Gifford, President and Chief Executive Officer for Vivent Health. “Thanks to the generosity of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, people living with and at-risk for HIV in Wisconsin can continue to receive comprehensive health care, medications, food, case management and financial assistance that helps them thrive during the pandemic, while also allowing us to continue in pursuit of a world without HIV/AIDS.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges that Vivent Health is taking decisive action to confront and overcome, including adapting its service delivery model to offer curbside food pantry pick-ups, medication deliveries, increased access to telehealth appointments and distribution of free at-home HIV test kits. The partnership with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation strengthens Vivent Health’s unwavering commitment of meeting the evolving needs of patients and clients amidst the ongoing HIV, sexually transmitted infection, opioid and COVID-19 epidemics.
“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation continues to support organizations and programs that help close gaps in care through innovative strategies and caring solutions that meet the needs of our communities,” said Anthony Woods, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Medicaid Plan President. “This funding will provide Vivent Health with the resources to address medical, dental and mental health as well as social and preventative services for those living with HIV in Wisconsin. We remain committed to addressing holistic care ensuring individuals and families have the critical tools needed to achieve the best possible health outcomes.”
Vivent Health is a nationally recognized leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Vivent Health is best known for its high-quality HIV patient outcomes and operates the only HIV Medical Home in America recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The HIV Medical Home model of care offers integrated health and social services including medical, dental, mental health and pharmacies, along with case management and social support provided by a team of professionals dedicated to patient care. Vivent Health is also a leading provider of innovative and aggressive prevention services that help at-risk individuals remain HIV negative. Vivent Health operates in 15 locations in Colorado, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin, and serves tens of thousands of people at-risk for HIV, and more than 8,000 people living with HIV annually. To learn more about Vivent Health go to www.viventhealth.org.
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