One of the side effects of the coronavirus pandemic is how it has exposed health inequalities in the United States. From how Covid case disproportionately affected communities of color to how vaccines have been more readily made available to white individuals, the systemic racism there is in the health realm is in the open for all to see.
A leading health provider, Anthem (Blue Cross Blue Shield) has joined forces with four WNBA teams – the New York Liberty, Los Angeles Sparks, Atlanta Dream and Indiana Fever – to address this issue.
New York Liberty Announce Multi-Year Deal With @EmpireBCBS To Address Health Inequities And Social Justice.
— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) February 23, 2021
We’re teaming up with Anthem Blue Cross to address Health Inequities and Social Justice. ✊
— Los Angeles Sparks (@LASparks) February 23, 2021
We’re excited to announce a one-of-a-kind partnership with @AnthemBCBS that will address social injustice and promote health and wellness.
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) February 23, 2021
We’re excited to announce we’ve teamed up with @AnthemInc for a multi-year partnership focused on sports, leadership & social justice that includes the launch of our #AthleteToAdvocate program with @IUPhilanthropy!
— Indiana Fever ⛹️♀🏀 (@IndianaFever) February 23, 2021
When either the Liberty, Sparks, Dream or Fever meet up this season, staff and players from both teams will host a community event in the city of the home team.
Anthem, which is based in the Fever’s Indiana backyard, is also making multi-year investments in each team.
As part of Anthem’s commitment to being both a national and local leader, we are working in solidarity with our communities to challenge the status quo and address the factors driving disparities and inequities in our healthcare system and in society as a whole.
–Gail Boudreaux, President/CEO – Anthem, Inc.