2011 Community Outreach Annual Report - Hap.org

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2011 Community Outreach Annual Report

A note from the president

Health Alliance Plan (HAP) invests in programs that make a lasting difference in people’s health and lives. We support organizations and activities that

nurture wellness and good citizenship. Our charitable giving activities focus on four key areas:

• Improving health through wellness programs

• Equipping youth with the skills they need to succeed

• Making arts and culture accessible to diverse audiences

Community development, enrichment and diversity

HAP employees pour their hearts and souls into community service and volunteerism. We’re not afraid to roll up our sleeves and get involved for the

betterment of all. Our employees and volunteers are fulfilling HAP’s mission of enhancing the health and well-being of the lives we touch.

I’m proud to say that our Community Outreach programs impacted more than 30,000 people in 2011. Our caring, personalized approach to community

service helps people at every age and in every stage of life transform their health and lead more fulfilling lives — one step and one day at a time.

• Moms exercised regularly through free water aerobics classes

• Seniors learned they can still get a great workout without leaving their chairs

• Children in Boys & Girls Clubs learned how to prepare healthy snacks and meals

• Employees in Michigan companies controlled their blood pressure, managed their diabetes and received free health screenings and flu shots

• HAP families lost weight and kept it off through Weight Watchers® and Weight Wise TM programs

• People in the midlife stage improved their physical and fiscal fitness as they planned for a healthier future

• The young and young at heart discovered the healing power of creativity at the Arts & Scraps tent during the “Happy Together Summer Fest”

events in celebration of HAP’s 50th anniversary

I have appreciated the many positive responses we have received from our customers and the community organizations we serve. I am also energized

by the caring people I’ve met and welcomed into our HAP family.

Yours in good health,

William R. Alvin

President and CEO

Our Community is our Family

2011 Community and Volunteer Events

The drive to improve the places we call home lies in the hearts of our employees. Giving back is ingrained in the spirit of

everything we do and is a huge part of HAP’s corporate culture.

• START! Heart Walk

• Bowling for Kids’ Sake

• Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s

• 50th Anniversary Summer Fest

• Holiday Collection for Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS)

• Boots for Kids

START! Heart Walk

Making a difference starts with the heart — the heart of 103 HAP employees and their families, who raised more than

$40,000 to support the American Heart Association’s efforts to fight heart disease and stroke. During this one-day event,

we took important steps to show what it takes to live a longer, healthier life.

Bowling for Kids’ Sake

We strive to make a difference and lead by example. Our HAP leaders volunteer year-round as Big Brothers and Big Sisters,

serving as role models for youth. HAP sponsored the Bowling for Kids’ Sake event, and 101 employee volunteers raised

$15,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit.


Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people worldwide. That’s why more than 80 HAP employees and family members

participated in the 20th annual Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s. We raised $10,000 to support research to find a cure and

treatments for those affected by this tragic disease.


HAP celebrated its 50th anniversary with four Happy Together Summer Fest events that featured health screenings,

healthy cooking demonstrations, inspirational appearances by Michigan’s “Biggest Loser” contestants, a climbing wall

and more. We also sponsored a Retro Recipe Redo contest to inspire families to create healthier versions of favorite family

recipes. More than 8,000 adults and children attended the events.

Zonya Foco, registered dietitian, author and television host being interviewed by Fox 2 anchor Deena Centofanti during HAP’s 50th anniversary at the

Happy Together Summer Fest.

As one observer said,


We are proud to say that our participation in the Holiday Collection for Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS) was inspired

and driven by our very own employees. HAP filled 20 boxes with personal care items, pillows, blankets and sheets for COTS,

an organization that provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and support for the homeless.

“To see the smiles on these young peoples’ faces when given a

brand-new pair of boots is priceless.... It gives them a sense of

belonging because they now fit in with the rest of the kids.”


Thousands of children received new winter boots through this program, launched in 2008 with the help of community

partners throughout Bay, Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Saginaw and St. Clair counties.

Stewardship Starts at the Top

Here are just a few of the community organization boards that HAP executives serve on:

• Alternatives for Girls

• Alzheimer’s Association

• Angels of Hope

• Big Brothers Big Sisters

• Boys & Girls Club of Troy

• Detroit Urban League


• March of Dimes

• Midtown, Inc.

• New Detroit, Inc.

• Neighborhood Services Organization

• Old Newsboys of Flint

• Orchards Children’s Services

• Spaulding for Children

• Turning Point

• Winning Futures

Free Community

Wellness Programs


Every year, HAP offers aquatics programs throughout southeast Michigan to get the people of our communities moving. We do

this in partnership with community centers that could not otherwise afford to keep their pools open. Our Moms in Motion and

Senior Splash Bash classes are a huge success with our participants, strengthening not only their bodies, but also their spirits.

All of HAP’s community programs have touched the lives of more than 30,000 people.

We’re making a difference by combating obesity and inspiring people to eat healthier

and get moving.


In its final year, this program demonstrated that seniors can still get a good workout while sitting in a chair. These sessions

were particularly beneficial for some of our seniors who have difficulty participating in traditional exercise classes.

• HAP Aquatics Programs


• Top Chef Academy


More than 18 percent of Michigan’s adolescents are overweight, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That’s why we created the Top Chef Academy to teach children about good food and making healthy choices. Sponsored by

HAP in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, the Top Chef Academy is a six-week, after-school

program. Children 8–14 years old learn firsthand how to prepare healthier meals and after-school snacks.

“The HAP-sponsored Senior Splash Bash program has been a tremendously important facet of the Clinton Township Parks and Recreation offerings....

Before HAP, they were pretty much lap swimmers who interacted very little. Now we have all ages, from the young 50s to 75+, male and female, laughing,

joking, chatting and exercising. They are sharing recipes for healthier foods, supporting each other’s weight loss plans and celebrating their victories....”

Linda M. Walter, Director

Clinton Township Parks and Recreation Department

Ready, Set, Cook! Healthy cooking classes are held at the Boys & Girls Club

at the Dauch campus in Detroit.

Corporate Giving

Our financial and in-kind contributions support nonprofit community organizations.

The following is a partial list:

• American Red Cross

• Arab Community Center for Economic

and Social Services (ACCESS)

• Common Ground Sanctuary

• Crime Stoppers

• Detroit Historical Society

• Detroit Symphony

• Detroit Zoo

• Gleaners

• Macomb Foundation

• Macomb Science Olympiad

• National Association for the Advancement of

Colored People (NAACP)

• Oakland County Count Your Steps Program

• Oakland Schools Education Foundation

• United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

• Washtenaw Literacy

• Wayne State University — Institute of Gerontology

Inspiring Change

Empowering Better Choices


Our Wise Woman program is devoted to taking care of our female members, while they’re taking care of everyone else.

We encourage and support women to become the healthiest they can be — physically, mentally and spiritually. HAP Wise

Woman quarterly publications and e-newsletters are full of relevant tips and tricks designed to help. We also feature

programs such as Weight Wise TM , Revive® – Simple Tools to Overcome Stress and MoveWell Every Day.

2011 Member Engagement Programs

Giving our members the knowledge they need to live a healthy and fulfilling life is important to us. After all, most of us need

a little encouragement to develop healthy habits for life. We’re inspiring change by helping members make better choices to

improve their health. Member engagement programs like the ones listed here encourage happier, healthier lives.


LiveWell: Mid-Life provides our members ages 55–64 with the information and tools they need to live healthier lives. Members

learn to identify and reduce their risk factors for heart disease, how to save money on health care costs and plan for changes

later in life. LiveWell: Mid-Life features a quarterly publication and group programs, including Health is Wealth and Weight

Wise TM for Couples.

• HAP Wise Woman

• LiveWell: Mid-Life

• Prime Time Living


Prime Time Living is designed for our members ages 65 and better. They receive our quarterly newsletter, which is full of health

information, tips, stories and updates about health care reform. They also participate in group programs, such as “Ask the

Expert” sessions, healthy recipe cooking demonstrations, simple, effective exercise classes and more.

Building a Healthier Workforce

Working Hard

Improving the Health and Wellness of Employees

The average person spends about 2,000 hours at work every year. That’s a huge part of our lives. So it makes sense that the

office is a great place to work on achieving better health. Our results-oriented Worksite Wellness programs inspire employees

to meet their personal health goals — and have a little fun while they’re at it. On-site wellness programs provide screenings,

workshops and other tools to help employees stay healthy at work.

for Business

164 businesses received Worksite Wellness

services in 2011. Of these:

Menu of Services:

• Health fair support

• Cooking and fitness demonstrations

• Chair massage

• “Ask a Nurse or Dietitian” sessions

• Health screenings

• Wii Fit stations

• Flu shots

• Wellness workshops and webinars

Health Improvement Courses:

• High Blood Pressure Management

• Weight Wise TM at Work

• Revive® — Simple Tools to Overcome Stress

• Financial Fitness

• Creating a Healthier You — A Guide to Self-Care

• Walk for Better Health®

• The Wisdom of Women’s Health

• MoveWell Every Day — Pain Free in the Real World

• More than 15,000 lives were touched

• More than 450 wellness programs were provided

• More than 3,000 blood pressure screenings were given

• More than 5,000 flu shots were provided at worksites

A Healthier Outlook on

Business Health

We’re Working Hand in Hand

to Give Our Communities Hope

Productive partnerships with business and thought leaders

HAP believes that investing in health and wellness is a promising strategy to fuel Michigan’s economic growth and prepare

for health care reform. We’ve formed close relationships with chambers of commerce to conduct business expos and health

service education programs aimed at creating a healthier, more productive workforce.

Our Regional Collaborations:

• The Brooksie Way

• The Mackinac Policy Conference

• Automation Alley

• Crain’s Detroit Business Health Care Leadership Summit

• Accelerate 2011 (with Automation Alley)

• Back to the Bricks

• Medical Main Street

• Flint Journal Women’s Expo

• The Lake St. Clair Appreciation Day

• Saginaw News “All About Women” Expo

• The Michigan Wellness Council

And we can’t do it without you

When we raise our hands and reach out to help our neighbors, we can truly make a difference. Working together to share,

volunteer, educate and uplift our communities, we can make the biggest difference and touch more lives. During the past year,

we’ve given our support to our members, organizations, businesses and leaders of our communities. HAP is invigorated with

the possibilities of tomorrow and guided by the progress of today. We’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the support we

have received in return from our partners and volunteers. We’re honored to have the opportunity to work alongside the brilliant

minds and huge hearts of such incredible people. HAP is proud to call the people of our communities our family.

If you are interested in more information, contact a member of HAP’s Community Outreach Team at

communityoutreach@hap.org or visit hap.org/corporate/events


Improving health. Enhancing lives.

©2012 Health Alliance Plan of Michigan A Nonprofit Company

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