Our History

The Highmark Foundation was created in 2000 as an affiliate of Highmark Inc.

A Decade of Accomplishment

Since its inception, the Foundation has created urgency around many public health issues facing the region. It has accomplished this by funding strategic and evidence-based health care initiatives that educate, protect and ultimately improve the overall well-being of the large population it serves.

Commitment to Children's Health

A major portion of the Foundation's history is its unparalleled dedication to improving children's health throughout the region. The Foundation was a catalyst in the childhood obesity epidemic facing our region and ultimately our nation.

In 2006, the Foundation introduced Highmark Healthy High 5, a children's health promotion initiative that supported lifelong good health for children and adolescents ages 6–18. Two major focus areas from that initiative—bullying prevention and childhood obesity—will remain an integral part of the Foundation's work moving forward.

Serving Vulnerable Populations

The Foundation also funds innovative health care programs for the diverse population it serves. Whether the population is located in an urban, suburban or rural area, the Foundation supports programs that reach vulnerable or at-risk individuals such as the elderly, the poor, individuals with special needs and minority populations. These programs have included demonstrations, pilot projects, model programs, expansion plans and well-established initiatives.

In 2011, the Foundation announced that it will serve the state of West Virginia using same thoughtful approach to grantmaking that it has applied throughout its history.

Our Vision for the Future

Moving forward, the Foundation will remain committed to improving the health and well-being of the public by supporting evidence-based programs that impact multiple counties, produce replicable long-term models and attract collaborative funding from community partners.

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