Because we strongly value community, we reach out through signature programs that are Highmark funded and operated to ensure the health of that community. Here are just a few examples of how we work to do that.
Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is an annual fundraising walk that benefits local health and human service agencies in Pennsylvania. Because the primary goal of the walk is to help participating organizations raise money for their individual missions, Highmark underwrites the associated costs of the walk so that 100 percent of the money raised by walkers goes to the participating organizations. Through 2013, the Walk for a Healthy Community events have raised more than $6.5 million for more than 250 organizations. Visit the site.
Partners for a Healthy Community
Highmark assists with special projects that directly affect the needs of those being served by a community health center. Needs vary by community and this program allows centers to work with Highmark on creating projects and partnerships that best meet these needs. Support is given through resource procurement, securing services or experts, project coordination, reporting/tracking, turn-key programming and on-site assistance. Applications are issued directly to the centers each year.
Fun, Fit & Fabulous
Since 2002, we have presented Fun, Fit & Fabulous, a conference to educate women about the importance of being active participants in their health. The conference, which began in central Pennsylvania, provides women with access to dynamic keynote speakers, impressive workshop presenters and fun activities that show just how easy living a healthy lifestyle can be. Conference workshops focus on prominent health issues and educate women on the importance of things like physical activity, healthy cooking, cancer prevention, diabetes and heart disease. Since its inception, the event has expanded to include western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Visit the site.
The Highmark Caring Place
During the 1990s, we identified a need in the community that wasn't being met that of grieving children and their families. In 1996, the first groups of grieving children and families were offered peer support services through what would become known as the Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families. Today, the Highmark Caring Place helps children and their families cope with the death of a parent or loved one at four Pennsylvania locationsPittsburgh, Erie, Warrendale and Harrisburg. These programs and services are provided at no cost to the families in the communities we serve. Visit the site.