Improving child wellness through innovation and strategic partnerships
Did you know that approximately 18 percent of American children and adolescents ages 6 to 11 years old are obese?
And that right here in southeastern Pennsylvania more than 42 percent of children ages 6 to 12 are obese or overweight? Or that in Philadelphia that percentage increases to 50 percent?
Unfortunately, obese children are likely to remain obese as adults, which means they are more likely to have heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even certain types of cancer.
What’s more, the obesity epidemic costs our nation approximately $190 billion a year in additional health care costs –one of the biggest reasons they’re going up.
Through our Independence Blue Cross Foundation, we decided to take action. The Foundation created Healthy Futures. The three-year, multi-million dollar program focuses on improving child wellness in our region by providing 25 local schools with innovative tools and resources to help children eat right, get fit, and stay well – the initiative’s three core components.
The program brings strong nutrition, fitness, and wellness support to each school by partnering with expert regional and national leaders, including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Union soccer team, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Garces Foundation, and the Vetri Foundation for Children.
Creating healthy habits that will last a lifetime starts at a young age and Healthy Futures lays the groundwork for future generations to live a long, healthy and fulfilling life.
Last year, we joined with DaVita Health Care Partners – a nationally recognized pioneer of physician-centric coordinated care – for a joint venture that has the potential to change the face of primary care. Together, we launched a new company in Philadelphia — Tandigm Health.
Tandigm provides more than 350 primary care physicians data and analytical tools to help better manage patients’ chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, congestive heart failure, and pulmonary disease.
Tandigm rewards doctors for the quality of care, not the quantity. Tandigm offers primary care physicians meaningful incentives based on the ability to improve outcomes and lower costs.
Ultimately, the aim is to increase the quality and lower the cost of care by reducing duplication of services, improving patient satisfaction, and helping to prevent health crises that cause emergency room visits.
We’ve launched Tandigm Health in Philadelphia because it’s one of the largest and most expensive health care markets in the entire nation.
If it can work in Philadelphia, it can work anywhere in the nation!">By working in tandem with primary care physicians, we’re creating a new paradigm of care – Tandigm Health.