What They’re Watching: Beau Hennemann, Anthem Blue Cross
Beau Hennemann is the Director of Special Programs at Anthem Blue Cross. He joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to discuss Anthem’s work in building community and partnerships, specifically focusing on a program in Pomona that utilizes these partnerships to connect homeless Anthem members with housing.
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“Within Anthem and the team that I run, we’re really focused on a lot of innovative projects and a lot of integration with some of our community health centers and other community providers. One particular program which really demonstrates the level of partnerships we’ve developed is in the city of Pomona. We developed a partnership to obtain some 811 HUD housing vouchers for Anthem members who are non-seniors living with disabilities. And we were able to support the city in that endeavor, as well as support other local organizations, like Tri-City Mental Health and Volunteers of America, and really bring everybody together to identify this group of Anthem members who are homeless, go out in the community, find them, award them these vouchers, and now those members are getting into housing. And so, the fact that we were able to being together all these different pieces and to really see the impact it’s having on some of our members has been really exciting and something that we’re looking to replicate in other parts of the state.
It’s not easy. It takes time and it takes a lot of community involvement and relationship building. So, the things that we’re working on — they don’t come together overnight. It takes a lot of getting to know you and really spending a lot of time to figure out what makes sense and how do we develop the partnerships. And in many cases, you know, that takes a year or two years to develop those types of relationships. But this particular program in Pomona – we spent a year just figuring out the data agreements, and where the gaps were, and what money was going to be needed, and who the key players should be. It took a lot of time and effort, but once it finally came together, it moved quickly and you start seeing the results quickly and the impact that it’s having on our members.”