This is a year of change for Premera's giving programs, beginning with a new name: Premera Social Impact.
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.
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.
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:
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.