Amerigroup Foundation Supports Health Literacy in King County

  Amerigroup Foundation Supports Health Literacy in King County

Business Wire

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- October 29, 2013

The  Amerigroup Foundation presented the University of Washington (UW) with a
$10,000 grant for its EthnoMed project, a UW Medicine program that positively
impacts the health literacy of refugee and immigrant communities in King
County.

“Culturally specific information is critical to reduce health disparities and
to enhance understanding between medical practitioners and their patients,”
said Daryl Edmonds, Amerigroup Washington president. “We are very pleased to
support health care education for members in King County’s immigrant
community, many of whom lack familiarity with Western health care systems and
practices, such as disease management, preventative care and use of
medications.”

UW Medicine’s EthnoMed project will help meet the complex health care needs of
Burmese and Bhutanese immigrants, both locally and across the United States.
Delivered by outreach workers in home settings and community centers, the
presentations will cover important topics ranging from doctor visits and
medication to accessing health insurance and social services.

“We are grateful for Amerigroup’s support to positively impact the health of
our community,” said Dr. J. Carey Jackson, medical director, EthnoMed and
International Medicine Clinic, Harborview Medical Center. “The Foundation’s
grant will enable us to increase our outreach efforts educating newly arrived
refugees, in their own language, and empowering them to take charge of their
health and health care.”

In 2011, EthnoMed was selected by the National Council on Interpreting in
Health Care to receive a Language Access Champion Award, which honors work
that contributes to improving the lives of all people through the promotions
of language access in health care.

About the Amerigroup Foundation

The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly
owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., and the largest corporation focused
solely on meeting the health care needs of financially vulnerable Americans.
The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to
health care, encouraging safe and healthy children and families, and promoting
community improvement and healthy neighborhoods.

About Amerigroup Washington

Amerigroup Washington began serving members July 1, 2012. We serve 35,000
members through Washington’s Healthy Options Medicaid program and Washington’s
Basic Health plan. Our associates share genuine pride in making a difference
in the lives of people who might need a little extra help, and we are
fortunate to call these combined efforts our work.

About EthnoMed

EthnoMed is Harborview Medical Center's ethnic medicine website containing
medical and cultural information about immigrant and refugee groups.
Information is specific to groups in the Seattle area, but much of the
cultural and health information is of interest and applicable in other
geographic areas. EthnoMed is a joint program of the University of Washington
Health Sciences Libraries and Harborview Medical Center's Interpreter Services
Department/Community House Calls Program (ISD/CHC). EthnoMed is directed by
clinical faculty in the Department of General Internal Medicine's Refugee and
Immigrant Health Promotion Program at Harborview, and maintains roots in the
Pediatrics Department and strong connections in the International Medicine
Clinic. The EthnoMed team works with caseworker cultural mediators, medical
interpreters, health care providers and ethnic community leaders who serve as
authors and advisers of the Web content.

Contact:

WellPoint, Government Business Division
Maureen C. McDonnell
Vice President, External Communications
(757) 473-2731
maureen.mcdonnell@amerigroup.com
or
WellPoint, Government Business Division
Finley Hines
Public Relations Specialist
(757) 955-8831
finley.hines@amerigroup.com