Reducing racial health disparities is a critical component of advancing health equity, and there's a role for all of us to play. Use our materials to learn about health disparities your employees may be facing, the impact it can have on your organization and what strategies you can use in your own workforce. You’ll get a clear sense of the challenges we're facing, the scale of health disparities related to key conditions and the costly impact it can have on your organization.
How are we addressing drivers of health?
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) is leading the charge for health equity in our state – but it will take all of us to get there. Health care partners, employers, community organizations and other stakeholders all have to work together.
By taking this journey with us, you’ll learn why health equity and drivers of health are important. Find out how addressing health equity and drivers of health improves productivity, health outcomes of your employees and the financial impact on your business. We’ll also show how we can work together to advance health equity and reduce health care costs.
We are committed to improving individual and community outcomes with our powerful offerings:
- Tailored health plan solutions
- Strategies to address non-medical drivers of health
- Personalized programs to support those with chronic conditions
Do you know the cost of health disparities?
Every year, health disparities create huge economic losses for companies due to excess medical care costs and lower productivity.1
in excess medical care
in lost productivity
Addressing maternal health disparities
The United States is the most dangerous developed country in which to have a baby – especially for women of color. The risk for miscarriage, for example, is roughly 43% higher for black women compared to white women.2 That's just one of the many staggering maternal health disparities affecting the well-being of employees, which also leads to profit and productivity loss for employers. Learn more about these disparities, the implications on organizations and their workforces and how employers can help make pregnancy safer for all women. Our corresponding infographic lays out some of the staggering disparities mothers of color are facing before, during and after pregnancy, as well as how this impacts employers and organizations.
Addressing behavioral health disparities
Behavioral health conditions are on the rise across America, and disparities within behavioral health are having a serious impact across racial, socioeconomic and geographic groups. For example, estimates show that those of the lowest socioeconomic status are up to three times more likely to have a mental health condition.3 Learn more about these astounding disparities, their root causes, the cost implications on organizations and workforces and how employers can help forge a new path toward equitable behavioral health care for all. Our scale of impact infographic lays out many of the glaring disparities that exist across racial, socioeconomic and geographic groups, and the impact they are having on employers and organizations.
NC Health Equity Spotlight series
In conjunction with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield system’s National Health Equity Strategy, Blue Cross NC continues to drive smarter, better health care that's more inclusive and improves outcomes, both at the individual and community levels. View our Spotlight series to learn about our innovative initiatives around drivers of health, maternal health and behavioral health.
Point of Blue
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One woman helping many communities
Helping rural communities heal who face higher rates of childhood trauma.
Holistic care to mothers of color
It just might save their lives.
Black leaders on whole-person health
They're supporting their communities on the journey to joy.
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Turner, Ani. The Business Case For Racial Equity: A Strategy For Growth. Altarum/W. K. Kellogg Foundation: July 24, 2018. Online: www.wkkf.org/resource-directory/resources/2018/07/business-case-for-racial-equity (Accessed January 2022).
Tori B. Powell, “Black Women Are at Higher Risk for Miscarriage, Study Finds,” CBSN, Apr. 29, 2021. cbsnews.com/news/miscarriage-risk-black-women/ (Accessed July 2023).
Young-Mee Kim, PhD, and Sung il-Cho, PhD, MD, “Socioeconomic Status, Work-Life Conflict, and Mental Health,” American Journal of Industrial Medicine, May 17, 2020.
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