Premera Social Impact

  • Seattle Works Day 3Premera employees participating in Seattle Works Day

    Working in our communities

    Premera Social Impact makes a difference in the lives of those living in our communities. Through corporate giving, volunteering, and community engagement, we promote new partnerships and solutions to help make healthcare work better.

    In March 2018, Premera announced that it is investing nearly $40 million over five years to support efforts across Washington and Alaska to address a wide variety of behavioral health issues.

    Initial commitments have been awarded to:

    • $1.6 million to Cocoon House in Everett, Wash.
    • $1 million to Volunteers of America Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho in Spokane, Wash.

    Making healthcare work better

    Premera is taking a necessary leap forward to reimagine our commitment to social responsibility and effective philanthropy. As we live out our purpose of improving customers' lives by making healthcare work better, we have the opportunity to be explicit about the impact we hope to see in our neighborhoods and communities.

    Our community giving program focuses on addressing behavioral health issues, with a particular emphasis on funding programs that help historically underserved communities, including people of color and low-income populations. Community health data consistently shows disparities among these groups resulting in lower quality and access of healthcare services, worse health outcomes, and increased healthcare costs.

    View the Social Impact report

    Our commitment

    Premera Social Impact invests in communities in need by concentrating on the health of the whole person. These are the core beliefs supporting our work:

    • Whole-person health. Our vision of healthcare integrates physical and behavioral health for the wellness of the whole person.
    • Everyone deserves quality care, especially underserved communities. Our priority is reaching and supporting care services for the people and places that need it the most.
    • There are no simple solutions. Tough problems require new thinking to make progress.
    • Work with and through partners creates greater impact. We're committed to collaborating with other organizations that have shared goals.

    Ways that we give

    • Social Impact Grants: Premera grants significant financial awards to evidence-based programs and pilot projects that show the potential for significant impact. In 2017, approximately 20 grants will be awarded, for a total of $2 million. Learn about Premera social impact grants.
    • Corporate sponsorships: One-time monetary contributions to organizations that share our goals.
    • Employee engagement: Current volunteer activities include Seattle Works Day and the Bridge Nonprofit Board Training, United Way campaigns, and the launch of our own company-wide Social Impact Day.

    Why behavioral health?

    Based on data from our recent national health index, and state and local community health assessments, health conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorder, and substance abuse are common areas of concern. These conditions are nearly universal experiences of individuals with behavioral health problems, with the abuse most commonly occurring in childhood.

    Research shows that healthcare from doctors and other healthcare providers contributes to only 20% of a person's overall wellness. Many other factors play a role. By promoting approaches and preventions that include resilience and trauma-informed practice, we can foster healing for individuals, families, and communities across Washington state and Alaska.