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Highlights: Corporate Social Responsibility

WE ARE PROUD TO SHARE THESE 2020 STORIES:

Dr. Christina Wilds from the Highmark Foundation delivers masks to Dr. Sharon Higginbothan, chief operating officer at Bethlehem Haven

Working together with critical community organizations during COVID-19

(Pictured left to right: Will Grimes, NCALL Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator; Rona Harris, NCALL Opioid Outreach Specialist; Karen Speakman, NCALL Executive Director; Denée Crumrine, Highmark Delaware Corporate Communications Manager)

BluePrints for the Community provides $1.9 million in social determinants of health grants

Overview

Throughout the Highmark Health organization, there is a strong commitment to strengthening our communities. That includes the work of seven charitable foundations, extensive community giving and volunteering, a strong diversity and inclusion program, and successful, ongoing sustainability initiatives.

The seven charitable foundations affiliated with Highmark Health, including five Allegheny Health Network hospital foundations and Highmark Inc.'s two foundations, have long and proud histories of funding programs that improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for individuals in the communities the organization is privileged to serve.

Foundations include:

Highmark Inc.

  • Highmark Caring Foundation
    Funded primarily by Highmark Inc., its sole member, the Highmark Caring Foundation supports the Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families. More information at highmarkcaringplace.com.
  • Highmark Foundation
    With support from Highmark Inc., its sole member, the Highmark Foundation funds programs that promote the health and well-being of the communities served by Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. More information at highmarkfoundation.org.

Allegheny Health Network

  • Allegheny Health Network Charitable Foundations
    Alle-Kiski Medical Center Trust, Forbes Health Foundation, Saint Vincent Hospital Foundation for Health and Human Services, Suburban Health Foundation, and Western Pennsylvania Hospital Foundation support initiatives associated with their hospital facilities to better meet the needs of their communities. More information at supportahn.org.

Additionally, BluePrints for the Community, a grant program to help address the issues faced by Delaware's uninsured and underserved populations, exists as a donor-advised fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages and administers charitable funds throughout Delaware. In 2020, BluePrints for the Community gave a total of $240,000 to statewide COVID-19 relief initiatives, more than $1.9 million in social determinants of health grants in response to the pandemic, and more than $4.1 million in total grants.

For more information, including a breakdown of more than $750 million in total enterprise investments to support customers, providers, and communities during the pandemic, please see our financial performance presentation.

Another vital aspect of corporate social responsibility is advancing diversity and inclusion in the organization's workplaces, communities, and markets. For over 20 years, the organization has been a leader in elevating diverse leadership and talent, building an inclusive workforce, and bolstering opportunities for diverse suppliers. Highlights across the enterprise from 2020 include:

  • AHN launched the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and appointed its first Chief Clinical Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer.
  • Highmark Health earned "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion" recognition with a top score of 100 points for the sixth consecutive year, as awarded by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN.
  • Highmark Health was named a Military Friendly® Employer for the second consecutive year. This elite designation is achieved by exceeding Military Friendly® standards in hiring and onboarding, opportunity and advancement, culture and commitment, support and retention, policies and compliance, and recruiting and sourcing. For 2020, Highmark Health proudly exceeded all categories by at least 32% and as high as 52%.

As stewards of the communities Highmark Health serves, the organization also believes it has a responsibility to manage resources in a sustainable way. Top sustainability goals include:

  • Reducing energy and water consumption throughout facilities.
  • Achieving ENERGY STAR certification for major facilities. As of 2020, Highmark Health achieved annual certification for 80% of its owned administrative real estate, excluding patient-facing facilities. This includes the corporate headquarters and data center.
  • Renovating, constructing, operating, and maintaining facilities in accordance with green and high-performance building practices.
  • Engaging employees on how they can be environmental stewards at work and at home.

Highmark Inc. and its Blue-branded affiliates provided over $21 million in grants and sponsorships in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia.

Highmark Foundation provided nearly $3 million in funding to support initiatives that addressed chronic disease, family health, and service delivery systems in the communities served by Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Allegheny Health Network provided nearly $1 million in funding in 2020 to support community health and economic development initiatives to improve the overall well-being of the communities served across its campuses.


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