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Verizon to Launch Innovative Philanthropic Health Care Programs to Target Reduction of Healthcare Disparities in Diverse



  Verizon to Launch Innovative Philanthropic Health Care Programs to Target
  Reduction of Healthcare Disparities in Diverse Communities Across Country

Company to Invest Nearly $13 Million in Nonprofit Partnerships Through Grants,
In-Kind Technology Solutions to Improve Patient Self-Management, Access and
Quality for Children, Women and Seniors

PR Newswire

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Dec. 4, 2012

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Verizon Foundation
announced on Tuesday (Dec. 4) its new program strategy to reduce health care
disparities, improve quality and access to care, and empower patients in need
with better chronic disease management programs through collaborative
partnerships with national health care nonprofits and health information
technology solutions from Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121204/NY22859-INFO )

In total, the Verizon Foundation will invest nearly $13 million in grants and
in-kind technology to fund and equip four nonprofit health care organizations
with new health information technologies.  The organizations focus on
children, women and senior citizens.       

"For the first time at Verizon we are integrating our technology solutions and
philanthropy to accelerate change in health care and improve patient
outcomes," said Rose Stuckey Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation.  "We
are deploying our technology together with behavior modification programs to
empower people to take control of their health.

"Through our philanthropy and corporate giving, we seek to share our success
in technology in underserved communities," said Kirk.  "To that end, we are
working with our partner organizations to enhance patient-care models and
empower disease education and management through technology."  

Americans spend more than $2.6 trillion on health care each year, with 45
percent of the entire population living with at least one chronic disease such
as heart disease, diabetes and lung diseases.  Seven out of 10 deaths in the
U.S. are attributed to chronic diseases, many of which are preventable.
Seventy-five cents of every health care dollar is spent on chronic disease,
and the impact of chronic disease on underserved populations accounts for
almost 40 cents of that spend.

(Note: To view an interactive infographic that illustrates the impact of
chronic disease on children, women and seniors, visit
www.verizonfoundation.org/chronicdisease/.)

To help address these issues, the Verizon Foundation is launching programs
with four innovators in the health care sector: the Children's Health Fund,
the Society for Women's Health Research, the National Association of Community
Health Centers, and the University of California, San Diego. The program will
expand in 2013 to include additional partnerships.

The foundation's support of these four organizations will advance the
utilization of technology to improve self-management, access to care, improved
quality and care adherence.  In addition, the foundation, in collaboration
with Verizon Enterprise Solutions, will give each organization access to
Verizon health information technology solutions.   

The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the
company's innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education,
health care and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has
invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where
Verizon employees work and live. Verizon's employees are generous with their
donations and their time, having logged more than 6.2 million hours of service
to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information about
Verizon's philanthropic work, visit www.verizonfoundation.org; or for regular
updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation)
and Twitter (www.twitter.com/verizongiving).

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is
a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline
communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale
customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless
network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide.  Verizon also
provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over
America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business
solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the
Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon
employs a diverse workforce of 184,500.  For more information, visit
www.verizon.com.

VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and
biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other
information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at
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releases.

SOURCE Verizon

Website: http://www.verizon.com
Contact: Ellen Yu, Verizon, +1-908-559-2818, ellen.yu@verizon.com or Kate
Hunte, Finn Partners, +1-251-406-0920, kateh@finnpartners.com
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