We want to foster the vitality of the communities we serve, supporting chambers of commerce, festivals, museums, theater, culture and the arts in North Carolina. We also believe strongly in community leadership; supporting positive leaders across North Carolina and innovative organizations, like the Institute for Emerging Issues.
- North Carolina Symphony
- NC Theatre
- Red, White & Blue Program
- UNC Physician's Assistant Program
- Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)
- Durham Chamber of Commerce
Support for NC Chambers of Commerce
We're proud to support chambers that are advancing Corporate Citizenship in communities across the state. Chambers help ensure existing businesses of all sizes continue to thrive, recruit new companies to the state and promote all that North Carolina communities have to offer.
- Chapel Hill
- Latin American
- NC Chamber
- NC Hispanic Council
Going Beyond Jobs to Support Our Troops
Did you know that North Carolina has the third largest military population, per capita, in the US?
Military service men and women, veterans and their families aren't just our friends and neighbors, they're our employees and customers, too. We're committed to the people who protect our country and our state, and to show it, we've created professional networks, online resources, and educational programs at local universities. Plus, we've joined forces with other organizations whose mission is like ours, to better the quality of life for those who have given so much.
We Pledge to Hire More National Guard and Reservists
"We rally around four attributes here that are the cornerstones of our culture and all we do," says CEO Brad Wilson. "When someone is emulating these – caring, committed, creative and collaborative – you can bet they have a military background. We can learn a lot from their outstanding work ethic."
Brett Russ, who's been with BCBSNC for more than 17 years, exemplifies this work ethic. He answered the call of duty in support of Hurricane Floyd relief efforts in 1999 and was deployed to Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012. Brett could go with "peace of mind" knowing his job would be waiting for him when he returned.
"I can't tell you what that has meant to my family ..." says Brett. "I couldn't ask for a more supportive employer."
We know our citizen guard and reservists couldn't defend and protect us at home and abroad without the continued promise of meaningful civilian employment. By signing the "Statement of Support" pledge, we:
- recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act
- promise to provide managers and supervisors the tools they need to manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve
- show appreciation for the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce
- encourage opportunities to hire Guard members, Reservists and Veterans
- support our country's service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war
Health Care Training, Networking and More
We're extremely proud of our guard, reservists and veteran employees. That's why BCBSNC is committed to supporting the military well beyond recruiting them for rewarding careers.
We have a variety of health care programs and community outreach opportunities to support active military employees and veterans, including:
- VetNet, an active group of employees dedicated to promoting military and veteran's issues in the community
- Expanded operations in Fayetteville providing more than 100 jobs; many to veterans or their family members
- Red White and Blue NCSM1 [need link] a campaign for military awareness that makes trusted resources and tools available to North Carolina veterans and their families, and offers free training to health care professionals across North Carolina who treat veterans
The Red, White & Blue member website [need link] is an online resource created to address the unique needs of our military customers and the medical professionals who treat them, including:
- A crisis line
- Veteran Affairs healthcare enrollment
- Counseling and life coaching
- Employment and education toolkits
- Parenting strategies
- Veteran caregiver support
- Mobile apps
We're sharing this resource with health care providers and our customers, and promoting it on Facebook and Twitter.
But this isn't our only support for customers who've served our country. Our Masters of Physician Assistant Studies program for veterans at the UNC School of Medicine builds on the medical experience and training that Special Forces medical sergeants receive during their service. It also creates opportunities for veterans who want to transfer their unique and hard-earned skills to a civilian health care system.
We're Recognized for Support of Employees with a Military Background
On June 8 last year, more than 50 employee veterans and service members gathered with the senior leadership team as BCBSNC received recognition from Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) volunteers and Naval Commander Lydia J. Doye.
"By investing in these sailors ... you are investing in the security of our country," said Commander Doye.
Helping Veterans Find Careers in Health Care
Blue Cross NC helps found UNC Physician Assistant program
Turning Veterans' Medical Experience into Civilian Jobs
The UNC School of Medicine's Physician Assistant (PA) program launched on Jan. 4, 2016, with support (through a grant given in 2012) and collaboration from Blue Cross NC. The two-year program supports veterans whose background and medical experience could transition into a job as a physician assistant with additional training. Designed in collaboration with Army officials at Fort Bragg, the program aims to recruit veterans and other non-traditional students and turn troops' medical experience into job skills for their transition back to civilian life.
Funding on a Personal Level
"Our commitment has helped fund the program from the ground up, including hiring full time program staff. A significant portion of the grant also provides scholarship funding for veterans," CEO Brad Wilson said of the program.
Blue Cross NC funding will provide scholarships to veterans over the next three years. The amount of each scholarship depends on the unique circumstances of the veteran. This personalized approach allows UNC to make the most of each scholarship dollar.
Meet Dave Manning
Dave Manning, one of the veterans who received a Blue Cross NC scholarship, provided medical support for deployments in Iraq and later served on board a Navy ship. However, he's faced hardships trying to find health care work since returning home.
He told NPR in a recent interview that:
Nothing I've done really translates over [into civilian jobs] beyond basic EMT. Trying to find something in the medical field without any credentials, without any licensure is tough. There's nothing out there.
People like Dave are the reason Blue Cross NC is so committed to the program. As Wilson said:
The UNC School of Medicine's impact on blazing new career paths for veterans while improving health care in our state cannot be overestimated. The program will strengthen much needed primary care resources in our state, and is a natural fit for us in delivering on our mission to improve the health and well-being of our customers and communities.
To learn more about the UNC PA program, check out the program video on YouTube:
You can also follow the links below to learn more about all the ways Blue Cross NC works to support veterans, like providing care resources, training health care providers, and maintaining our VetNet employee networking group.
Blue Cross NC Veteran Support Efforts
- Valor Games
- Going Beyond Jobs to Support Our Troops
- Blue Cross NC, UNC School of Medicine Collaborate to Benefit Veterans and Tackle Health Care Professional Shortage (Press Release)
- New UNC PA program serves military, students and rural N.C. (YouTube video)
- Red White and Blue tool with resources and training for Vets and their families
- VetNet program â€“ for Blue Cross NC employees
In Support of the Arts
Quick word association exercise.
We say, "live entertainment." You say, "Thrilling!" "Engrossing!" "Fun!" "Musical!" "Health insurance!"
In DPAC's case, that's not as far-fetched as it may seem.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has been an integral part of the theater's success since the venue's early days.
We believe a vibrant arts presence is vitally important to the quality of life in our communities..."
The not-for-profit insurance company supported the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) as the title sponsor of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Atrium, the three-story glass-walled lobby that manages to be both grand and warm at once. The space ushers patrons in and sets the tone for a magical evening. It's also a popular spot for special events, with room enough for 1,000 guests.
Really, supporting the theater from the outset was a no-brainer for BCBSNC, founded in 1933 and now providing insurance services to nearly 4 million North Carolinians.
"Our company works to make life better for all who live in our state, and we believe that a vibrant arts presence is vitally important to the quality of life in our communities," says John Roos, senior vice president and chief sales, marketing and communications officer for BCBSNC. "DPAC's immediate and sustained success is testament to the desire of North Carolinians to support the arts. Our company's roots in Durham and our history of collaboration with the city added even more appeal for us."
Kathy Higgins, the company's vice president of corporate affairs, pitched the idea of supporting the fledgling theater to Roos, then-CEO Bob Greczyn and then-CFO Dan Glaser. They didn't take much convincing and haven't regretted it.
"Beyond the benefit to our brand of associating with a top-tier live entertainment destination, our support of DPAC has helped us to further our goal of improving the quality of life in our state," Roos says. "We are well pleased with the significant role DPAC has played in spurring the revitalization of downtown Durham."
Durham is home to one of BCBSNC's headquarters, so the close-to-home investment made sense. It's also in keeping with the BCBSNC corporate culture, which encourages community engagement. Since 1997, company employees have logged nearly 400,000 volunteer hours.
DPAC has played a crucial role in the resurgence of Durham's downtown area, drawing local residents as well as out-of-towners in near-record numbers. For Durham to compete as a world-class city, it needs a world-class performing arts center; DPAC has filled that need – 10 times over.