The Foundations spends earnings on a $45 million settlement that then-Attorney General Ben Chandler reached in 1999 with Anthem Inc. as a result of the company’s conversion of the charitable assets of the old Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kentucky. For the foundation’s history and other background click here.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky awarded nearly $3 million to community organizations, schools, government agencies and institutions in 2010. The funds, awarded in 80 grants, will support programs and policy development for health improvement and access to health care.
The grants supported health advocacy initiatives; helped civic leaders identify and address key health concerns; supported the integration of mental health and medical services; helped communities get planning assistance and funding for federally-qualified health clinics; and helped four foundations address nutrition, physical activity and environment policy issues.
The largest sums went to Burkesville-based Cumberland Family Medical Center for the Kentucky Health Futures Initiative; Home of the Innocents to improve access to dental care; Montgomery County Health Department for the Gateway Rural Health Investment Network; and Saint Joseph Health System to deliver virtual care. Each of these four organizations received $250,000.