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Anthem Foundation Takes Action Directing More Than $20 Million to Nonprofits in the Wake of COVID-19

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Anthem Foundation continues to make a lasting impact in communities across the country with its unwavering commitment to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of its $50 million pledge for COVID-19 relief efforts, Anthem Foundation today announces nearly $24M in new grants to nonprofit organizations across the country that will largely focus on addressing food insecurity, mental health and housing and economic recovery.

Our communities have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the work our nonprofits are doing is vital as communities look ahead to their recovery, said Gail Boudreaux, President and CEO, Anthem, Inc. Todays announcement reinforces our commitment to help meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations and support organizations who continue their work on the frontlines addressing areas that were severely impacted by the pandemic.

As local communities evaluate safety precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation, together with its nonprofit partners, share a common vision to continue to lift up those in need and look towards  the possibility of a better tomorrow, by addressing health disparities and inequities and promoting health and wellness for all.

Food Insecurity

Prior to COVID-19, it was estimated that 11 percent of households in America were food insecure. In recent surveys, nearly 40 percent of households now report moderate to high levels of food insecurity, with children being impacted the most. On a national level, we are helping the following organizations address food insecurity:

  • The Food Trust with continued support for the Community Food Retail Program. Together, the grant will advance health equity and expand access to heart-healthy foods/beverages, including culturally relevant and locally grown fresh produce in strategically selected communities. The programming involves partnering with residents, local suppliers and store owners to improve stock, affordability and promotion of heart-healthy foods;
  • Studies find that 36 percent of college students are experiencing hunger and lack stable housing. To help alleviate this struggle, Anthem Foundation has partnered with The Foundation for California Community Colleges in a new program called First Response Healthcare Student Support Fund (First Response Fund) to provide emergency financial assistance for the needs recipients deem most urgent, such as food and housing assistance. Additionally, our renewed partnership with Virginia Foundation for Community College Education will reduce non-academic barriers that impede student success such as food, housing and mental health. Grant funding will be used to identify the specific student needs in VA colleges and communities to make available healthy nutrition options for students at all 23 community colleges so they maintain a path to college completion;
  • City Harvest, Inc. and its Mobile Markets to help meet the immediate need for food while taking a long-term approach to building healthy eating habits in targeted, high-need communities. Our collaborative efforts will provide residents access to retail food outlets or emergency food, and will take place twice a month at nine locations across the five boroughs, equating to over 200 distribution events.

Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and impacts how we act, think and feel. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 50 percent of all Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. The following organizations have been provided grants to propel their programs and services to those in local communities including:

  • A partnership with Healthier Kids Foundation in California to support the My Health First Program that will focus on screening for health issues and allocate case management resources to help parents access the specialized care their children need;
  • Continued collaboration with NAMI in Indiana and Virginia, supporting programs for individuals who have mental health conditions. In Indiana, the partnership will support the Family-to-Family educational class designed for families, partners and friends of people who have mental health conditions. And with new challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts in Virginia will support volunteer program leaders and support group participants who are experiencing distress due to isolation and fears around illness, along with the support of several other programs aimed to increase coverage and resources;
  • Managing type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an around-the-clock job of checking blood sugar numbers, counting carbohydrates, and dosing the right amount of insulin at the right time. This relentless regimen has a direct psychological impact on people with T1D and their loved ones. Anthem Foundation is partnering with JDRF International to provide funding to support the development of two series of digital resources to be used in both the community and through clinical intervention, providing practical mental wellness techniques to families and individuals managing type 1 diabetes.

Housing and Economic Recovery

U.S. jobless claims surpassed 40 million as a result of COVID-19; the largest unemployment rate since the Great Recession, and the highest in U.S. history. Minorities, especially Latino and Black individuals, make up 25 percent of unemployment rates. Additionally, homelessness puts individuals at higher-risk of victimization, criminal justice system involvement, and poor mental and physical health. The organizations the Foundation will work with to help alleviate homelessness and provide economic recovery support to include:

  • Partnering with the Coalition for Homeless Intervention of Greater Indianapolis by providing flexible resources to obtain permanent housing or substance abuse treatment. With Street Reach Indy, we will work together to fill in gaps in service, provide assistance when no other resource exists, and ultimately reduce homelessness;
  • In New York Citys low-income communities, housing instability and poor housing quality are closely linked. Together with Local Initiatives Support Corporation our grant will assist residents who are at greater risk of complications with COVID-19 with access to comprehensive programs that will help alleviate health disparities caused by lack of housing;
  • Our grant to the Alameda Point Collaborative, Inc. in California will support programming to develop a data collection system with process and outcomes measures to track health benefits and cost aversions to strengthen the medical respite field based on APC’s national research, and shape a service model, architectural design and housing placements with trauma-informed care principles.

The Foundation continues to work with organizations that provide critical community services to those on the forefront of prevention, treatment, recovery and relief efforts in affected areas across the country. The philanthropic investments will continue to build on economic and social resilience, working to remove systemic barriers and provide opportunities to our nations most vulnerable populations. For a full list of new grant recipients, visit the Anthem Foundations blog.

About Anthem Foundation

The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the organizations commitment to improving lives and communities. Through strategic partnerships and programs, the Foundation addresses the social drivers that will help create a healthier generation of Americans in communities that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on critical initiatives that make up its Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets: maternal health, diabetes prevention, cancer prevention, heart health and healthy, active lifestyles, behavioral health efforts and programs that benefit people with disabilities. The Foundation also coordinates the companys year-round Dollars for Dollars program which provides a 100 percent match of associates donations, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Anthem Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation and its blog at https://medium.com/anthemfoundation.

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Kofax RPA Powers BMconsultants’ Solution for BAR Organization to Provide Freelance Workers Rapid Access to COVID-19 Funding

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Kofax, a leading supplier of Intelligent Automation software for digital workflow transformation, and Dutch platinum partner BMconsultants today announces Kofax Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is helping BAR Organization quickly process freelance worker applications for emergency COVID-19 funding in three Dutch municipalities: Barendrecht, Albrandswaard and Ridderkerk. The effort is saving the Dutch municipality thousands of hours of manual data entry while getting COVID-19 relief to constituents faster.

TOZO (Tijdelijke Overbruggingsregeling Zelfstandig Ondernemers) is a measure that provides funding from the Netherlands government to freelance workers facing income loss related to COVID-19. Manual data entry and processing can take up to two hours per application and is prone to human error. The BMconsultants solution, built with Kofax RPA, has significantly reduced the time it takes to process each application to just four minutes. This 96 percent time-savings allows BAR Organization to quickly address the needs of more than 1,900 freelance workers to date.

In addition to reducing the manual time to process, Kofax RPA enables organizations to easily integrate information from external and internal sources and utilize process orchestration to improve journeys for high-value customers, streamline operations and exploit new business opportunities.

If wed had to process all the funding applications weve received in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown by hand, wed still be doing it. Instead, our team is completely on top of the work, freeing them to focus on applicants requiring additional support,” says Dick Slottje, Social Domain Information Consultant at BAR Organization. The quality of our services will benefit greatly from the work were doing with Kofax and BMconsultants, and we look forward to exploring new opportunities to infuse automation into our back-office operations.

“This is another instance exemplifying how Kofax RPA is helping organizations with mission-critical operational workflow operations “ especially vital during this time of crisis,” says Chris Huff, Chief Strategy Officer at Kofax. Companies and government agencies across the globe have a newfound need to react quickly in the wake of the pandemic, and Kofax intelligent automation is proving its worth by enabling these organizations to digitally transform their operations today while scaling for tomorrow.

BMconsultants is a platinum-level member of Kofaxs Global Partner Program, using Kofax RPA and Kofax Mailroom Automation to build solutions for its customers throughout the Netherlands.

About BAR

BAR Organization is a local government body providing public services to the three Dutch municipalities of Barendrecht, Albrandswaard and Ridderkerk. From three offices throughout the region, BAR Organization delivers a wide range of back-office and front-line government services supporting more than 125,000 inhabitants across the municipalities.

About BMconsultants

Headquartered in Soesterberg in the Netherlands, BMconsultants is an expert provider of business process automation solutions and a Kofax Partner since 2006. Through its smart digital solutions, BMconsultants helps businesses reduce the cost and complexity of manual workflows and liberate employees to focus on value-added activities. For more information visit www.bmconsultants.com.

About Kofax

Kofax enables organizations to Work Like Tomorrow„¢today. Kofaxs Intelligent Automation software platform and solutions digitally transform document intensive workflows. Customers realize greater agility and resiliency by combining our process orchestration, cognitive capture, RPA, output management, analytics and mobile capabilities to speed time-to-value and increase competitiveness, growth and profitability while mitigating compliance risk. For more information, visit kofax.com.

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Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Announce Proposed Settlement in The Southern Company Securities Settlement

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The following statement is being issued by Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP regarding The Southern Company Securities Settlement:

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA ATLANTA DIVISION

MONROE COUNTY EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT

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Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-00241-WMR

SYSTEM and ROOFERS LOCAL NO. 149 PENSION

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FUND, Individually and on Behalf of All Others

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CLASS ACTION

Similarly Situated,

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Plaintiffs,

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SUMMARY NOTICE OF PROPOSED

vs.

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SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION

THE SOUTHERN COMPANY, THOMAS A.

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FANNING, ART P. BEATTIE, EDWARD DAY, VI,

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G. EDISON HOLLAND, JR., JOHN C. HUGGINS and

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THOMAS O. ANDERSON.

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Defendants.

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TO: ALL PERSONS WHO PURCHASED OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRED THE SOUTHERN COMPANY (SOUTHERN COMPANY) COMMON STOCK BETWEEN APRIL 25, 2012, AND OCTOBER 30, 2013, INCLUSIVE, AND WERE ALLEGEDLY DAMAGED THEREBY (CLASS OR CLASS MEMBERS)

THIS NOTICE WAS AUTHORIZED BY THE COURT. IT IS NOT A LAWYER SOLICITATION. PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY. YOUR RIGHTS WILL BE AFFECTED BY A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT PENDING IN THIS COURT.

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a hearing will be held on January 14, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., before the Honorable William M. Ray, II at the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Richard B. Russell Federal Building, 75 Ted Turner Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, to determine whether: (1) the proposed settlement (the Settlement) of the above-captioned Litigation1 as set forth in the Stipulation of Settlement (Stipulation)2 for $87,500,000.00 in cash should be approved by the Court as fair, reasonable, and adequate; (2) the Judgment as provided under the Stipulation should be entered dismissing the Litigation with prejudice; (3) to award Plaintiffs Counsel attorneys fees and expenses out of the Settlement Fund (as defined in the Notice of Pendency and Proposed Settlement of Class Action (Notice), which is discussed below) and, if so, in what amount; and (4) the Plan of Allocation should be approved by the Court as fair, reasonable, and adequate.

The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a fluid situation that creates the possibility that the Court may decide to conduct the Settlement Hearing by video or telephonic conference, or otherwise allow Class Members to appear at the hearing by telephone, without further written notice to the Class. In order to determine whether the date and time of the Settlement Hearing have changed, or whether Class Members must or may participate by telephone or video, it is important that you monitor the Courts docket and the Settlement website, www.SouthernCompanySecuritiesSettlement.com, before making any plans to attend the Settlement Hearing. Any updates regarding the Settlement Hearing, including any changes to the date or time of the hearing or updates regarding in-person or telephonic appearances at the hearing, will also be posted to the Settlement website, www.SouthernCompanySecuritiesSettlement.com. Also, if the Court requires or allows Class Members to participate in the Settlement Hearing by telephone, the telephone number for accessing the telephonic conference will be posted to the Settlement website.

IF YOU PURCHASED OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRED SOUTHERN COMPANY COMMON STOCK BETWEEN APRIL 25, 2012, AND OCTOBER 30, 2013, INCLUSIVE, AND WERE ALLEGEDLY DAMAGED THEREBY, YOUR RIGHTS ARE AFFECTED BY THE SETTLEMENT OF THIS LITIGATION.

To share in the distribution of the Settlement Fund, you must establish your rights by submitting a Proof of Claim and Release form (Proof of Claim) by mail (postmarked no later than February 18, 2021) or electronically (no later than February 18, 2021). Your failure to submit your Proof of Claim by February 18, 2021, will subject your claim to rejection and preclude your receiving any of the recovery in connection with the Settlement of this Litigation. If you purchased or acquired Southern Company common stock between April 25, 2012, and October 30, 2013, inclusive, and do not request exclusion from the Class, you will be bound by the Settlement and any judgment and release entered in the Litigation, including, but not limited to, the Judgment, whether or not you submit a Proof of Claim.

If you have not received a copy of the Notice, which more completely describes the Settlement and your rights thereunder (including your right to object to the Settlement), and a Proof of Claim, you may obtain these documents, as well as a copy of the Stipulation (which, among other things, contains definitions for the defined terms used in this Summary Notice) and other settlement documents, online at www.SouthernCompanySecuritiesSettlement.com, or by writing to:

Southern Company Securities Settlement Claims Administrator c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC P.O. Box 43346 Providence, RI 02940-3346

Inquiries should NOT be directed to Defendants, the Court, or the Clerk of the Court.

Inquiries, other than requests for the Notice or for a Proof of Claim, may be made to Lead Counsel:

ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD LLP Ellen Gusikoff Stewart 655 West Broadway, Suite 1900 San Diego, CA 92101 Telephone: 800-449-4900

IF YOU DESIRE TO BE EXCLUDED FROM THE CLASS, YOU MUST SUBMIT A REQUEST FOR EXCLUSION SUCH THAT IT IS POSTMARKED BY DECEMBER 24, 2020, IN THE MANNER AND FORM EXPLAINED IN THE NOTICE. ALL CLASS MEMBERS WILL BE BOUND BY THE SETTLEMENT EVEN IF THEY DO NOT SUBMIT A TIMELY PROOF OF CLAIM.

IF YOU ARE A CLASS MEMBER, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT, THE PLAN OF ALLOCATION, AND/OR THE REQUEST BY PLAINTIFFS COUNSEL FOR AN AWARD OF ATTORNEYS FEES NOT TO EXCEED 30% OF THE $87,500,000.00 SETTLEMENT AMOUNT, AND EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED $1,000,000.00. ANY OBJECTIONS MUST BE FILED WITH THE COURT AND SENT TO LEAD COUNSEL AND DEFENDANTS COUNSEL SUCH THAT IT IS RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 24, 2020, IN THE MANNER AND FORM EXPLAINED IN THE NOTICE.

DATED: October 1, 2020

         

BY ORDER OF THE COURT

         

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

         

NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA

1 All capitalized terms used in this Summary Notice that are not otherwise defined herein shall have the meanings provided in the Stipulation. 2 The Stipulation can be viewed and/or obtained at www.SouthernCompanySecuritiesSettlement.com.

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Alira Health and Embleema Announce Partnership to Deploy Next-Generation Real-World Data Solutions for Life Sciences

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Alira Health, a leading international healthcare and life sciences advisory firm, and Embleema, the innovative software provider for patient-driven healthcare data platforms, today announced a strategic partnership to develop next-generation real-world data solutions aimed at accelerating clinical innovation and improving patient outcomes.

“Our partnership with Embleema is a critical step in the further development of our real-world evidence capabilities, which connects clinical research, hospital care, and the patient experience, says Gabriele Brambilla, Chief Executive Officer of Alira Health. Romain Finas, VP of Real World Evidence at Alira Health, adds, We are excited to offer our clients new solutions for real-world data, which will empower them to better evaluate their treatments and deliver new innovations to patients more quickly.

Robert Chu, Chief Executive Officer of Embleema added: “We are thrilled to take part in this strategic partnership with Alira Health, which is internationally recognized for the quality and the breadth of their service portfolio for life sciences. By teaming with Alira Healths world-class consultants and experts, we will be able to better serve patients, regulators and life sciences by scaling the deployment of our technology solutions.

Embleemas technology solutions enable the secure exchange of real-world data and the generation of regulatory-grade evidence through the HIVE big data and bioinformatics platform currently in use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Alira Healths team of biotechnicians and data generation managers use this data to design and publish clinical studies in real-life settings and create and implement tailored data platforms for clients globally, making every data point meaningful and actionable for organizations across the healthcare ecosystem.

This partnership marks an important step forward in breaking data silos with seamless end-to-end solutions that help the life sciences industry develop personalized treatments and allow hospital managers leverage their data to improve the patient experience.

About Embleema

Embleemas unique technology platform and expertise accelerate outcomes generation and regulatory reviews for health products. Embleema was co-founded by Robert Chu, former Senior Vice-President of Global Technology at IQVIA, Dr. Vahan Simonyan, former Director of Bioinformatics R&D and lead scientist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Nicolas Schmidt, former Head of Product Development, Nokia Healthcare. Embleema provides its technology to leading life sciences regulators and companies such as the U.S. FDA and Johnson & Johnson, academia such as George Washington University and New York University Langone, and patient advocacy groups such as Multiple Sclerosis Association of America and the Epilepsy Foundation.

For more information, please visit www.embleema.com.

About Alira Health

Alira Health is an international advisory firm on the frontlines of healthcare transformation. We provide a suite of integrated services designed to help healthcare and life science companies innovate and grow across their solutions lifecycle.

Alira Health was founded in 1999 and is based outside of Boston, MA, U.S. It has offices in San Francisco, CA, U.S.; Paris, France; Barcelona, Spain; Munich, Germany; Milan, Italy; and Basel and Geneva, Switzerland.

For more information, please visit www.alirahealth.com.

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