The Brighton Center, Welcome House, Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid are joining forces to distribute COVID test kits across Northern Kentucky to ensure our homeless neighbors have the necessary tests to help limit the spread of COVID -19 in these underserved communities and to improve public health outcomes throughout Kentucky.
“The pandemic has exacerbated the inequalities and challenges that our most vulnerable neighbors have long faced, including the facilities and professionals they rely on for help,” said Leon Lamoreaux, President of Anthem Blue Cross. and Blue Shield Medicaid in Kentucky. “Anthem is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of communities, closing care gaps and increasing health equity in Bluegrass, and we are proud to partner with the Brighton Center , Welcome Center and Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and fulfill this commitment for homeless Kentuckians.
More than 4,000 people in the Commonwealth will be homeless every day, according to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. Many homeless Kentuckians also live with pre-existing or undiagnosed health conditions that make them even more susceptible to contracting COVID-19, being hospitalized and dying. In fact, the Homelessness Research Institute cites medical history, along with reduced ability to socially distance and sanitize properly, as factors contributing to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission and mortality among homeless people.
In total, Anthem will distribute 5,000 test kits across the Commonwealth. In addition to COVID-19 testing supplies, Anthem has vaccinated nearly 50,000 Kentuckians, donated 20,000 personal hand sanitizers, and invested nearly $600,000 since the pandemic began to combat the spread of COVID- 19.
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