MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
As the largest insurer in Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) understands commitment to local communities.
Committed to Our Communities
As the largest insurer in Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) understands that commitment to our local communities — where we live, work and play — is invaluable. We demonstrate our commitment through a variety of efforts focused on expanding access to care, increasing health equity and improving population health.
BCBSIL’s Health Kids, Health Families® and our Community Partners Grants are our signature community investment programs. They are aligned with local and national nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable and measurable results reaching children and their families. The areas of focus are nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and supporting safe environments. Our Corporate Community Engagement initiative allows us to contribute our time and talents through employee volunteerism and outreach to build upon assets present within our communities.
Through these initiatives, we have partnered with organizations like My Block, My Hood, My City to increase awareness and understanding of different neighborhoods in order to foster safer environments. We have created educational scholarship programs with Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy at the high school level and Roosevelt University at the college level. These programs will lead to more culturally diverse providers and expand upon the “American Dream” for first generation college students, respectively. With Blessings in a Backpack, we are helping to address nutrition, hunger and food insecurity. We are proud to work with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest to teach children and their families how to manage their asthma condition. BCBSIL is better understanding how mental health services are accessed and what barriers to care exist. Related studies are being performed by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago in partnership with the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Mikva Challenge. This work will help us determine how access can be expanded in the near future.
Committed to Volunteerism
At the heart of our commitment to the community are our employees. Through their commitment to volunteering, over 2,000 Illinois-based employee volunteers supported over 600 organizations.
To celebrate our 80th anniversary in 2016, we launched our 80for80 Summer of Service volunteer campaign. The goal was for employees to participate in 80 events, but they exceeded this through participation in 175 volunteer events all over Illinois from June through mid-October.
All in all, employees volunteered nearly 47,000 hours of their time at corporate-sponsored events and through volunteer opportunities with nonprofit organizations that are important to them. 32 donation drives were held where employees collected items such as food, clothes and school supplies for those in need. Illinois employees donated $395,357 through annual giving campaigns. In addition, employees supported multiple health-related events through the year, from walks to runs to blood donation drives and more.
By giving back, we are getting back in return a healthier Illinois, a fulfilled workforce and a testament to our commitment to the communities we serve.
President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois