"So much of our health is determined by social conditions: A safe home. Healthy food. Education, and much more."
"We're investing in and working with our state's network of nonprofits to help more North Carolinians start healthy and stay healthy. We’re helping to provide access to the basics: safe housing, healthy food, early childhood education and quality health care — as well as reliable transportation to get to work, school, and medical care. Because we believe all North Carolinians should have the chance to live their healthiest life."
Director, Community and Diversity Engagement, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
The Commitment to Community is True to Blue
Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies do more than insure 1 in 3 Americans. In 2018, BCBS companies made critical investments in healthcare in every ZIP Code across the US. Those efforts are reflected in the BCBS Community Investment Report (pdf).
We’re Fighting North Carolina’s Food Insecurity Crisis
Too Many North Carolinians Face a Daily Choice
Source: Feeding America
Food Insecurity is a lack of access to enough food at all times to live an active, healthy life. In just one example, there are too many children arriving at school without the benefit of a healthy breakfast that will allow them to pay attention, to think, and to grow. We’re working with multiple groups to address this issue head-on.
Taking Action Against the Opioid Epidemic
With so many people addicted to opioid pain medications, you may know someone who is struggling with addiction or has died from it. Blue Cross NC has committed to making $10 million in community investments to combat opioid abuse with a strategy of prevention, intervention, and treatment.
Watch and learn from Dr. Anuradha Rao-Patel, a medical director at Blue Cross NC who specialized in pain management.
Our State's Largest Public Health Crisis
- “Opioid Overdose Deaths by Age Group.” Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention WONDER database (2017).
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Helping transform Medicaid for the state of North Carolina
As an extension of Blue Cross NC’s natural mission to improve the health and well-being of our customers and communities, starting late 2019, we are offering Healthy Blue. With deep community roots, we aim to treat every North Carolinian like family. Through Healthy Blue, we will create new relationships with local organizations that share our dedication to community wellness, health drivers and whole-person care for those who experience chronic lack of access and tremendous need.
Financial Support: GivingWorks
In 2018, Blue Cross NC employees donated over $1,000,000 to 1,243 organizations worldwide*. Combined with our corporate match, $1.6 million dollars will be directed towards making a strong community impact locally and globally.
"Our employees continue to demonstrate their relentless commitment to improving our communities; it shows in their generosity. We're all here because we want to make a difference."
Reagan Greene Pruitt
VP Marketing & Community Engagement, 2019 GivingWorks Chair
*CommunityWorks, Blue Cross NC Volunteer Management Platform
Blue Cross NC employees are quick to answer the call when our neighbors need help. In 2018, they worked 11,295 hours in support of a range of causes.
Sort-A-Rama brings our employees together to package meals for the hungry.
KABOOM! Playground Builds
Employees love building playgrounds for communities underserved due to economic inequality or hard-hit by natural disasters like hurricanes.
Paint the Wall Pink
Employees whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer gather in support of one another, and for a cure at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
We're committed to our diverse communities
North Carolina has a richly diverse population. Believing all North Carolinians should have opportunity to thrive, we intentionally work with organizations that support diverse communities and advocate for equity. Our investments in organizations that promote health and well-being, and our volunteer efforts, seamlessly integrate support of diverse communities in our state.
The arts enrich our lives beyond measure
The arts are key to the health of any community. It’s thrilling for us to play a part in support of one of the most popular venues in the United States: Durham Performing Arts Center. We're proud to lend support to several visual and performing arts organizations in our home state.
A healthy economy helps create healthy citizens
We support 18 Chambers of Commerce across the state that help promote a thriving business community – helping existing businesses succeed and attracting new companies to the area.
Volunteering time to help lead local nonprofit organizations is an important way we give to our community, creating greater capacity for groups that are working to improve the health of all North Carolinians.
More than 75% of our company’s officers serve on nonprofit boards of directors across the state*. Several of our employees serve on the Young Leadership board of directors of Ronald McDonald House of Durham & Wake Counties.
*Blue Cross NC Executive Leadership Survey, 2019
Cheryl Parquet, Director, Community and Diversity Engagement, and member of the Board, East Durham Children's Initiative
Our Community and Diversity Engagement Team
First Row: Kristy Kent, Cheryl Parquet, Nicole Rogers, Melissa Biediger
Second Row: Mike Restaino, Kristina Weatherly, David Shaw, Sophie McMillian
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This independent, charitable organization focuses its grantmaking and programmatic initiatives on:
- Transforming the health care system, including oral health
- Expanding access to healthy food
- Supporting a healthy start for children
- Improving the places where people live
- Strengthening the ability of communities to improve health