Making an Impact


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Leadership View


For more than 80 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has a storied history of protecting members and helping them be at their best.

As a company, we are focused on making deeper connections with our members and the communities where they live, work and play. Why? Because we're part of these communities, too.

Our employees live where you live. They volunteer at schools, food pantries and other community organizations. You may have worked alongside them and noticed their blue shirts promoting volunteerism and collaboration.

But volunteerism is just a part of who we are. BCBSIL is committed to expanding access to quality cost-effective health care and improving whole person health. We want to get at the real causes that affect the health and wellness of many communities.

Factors outside the scope of health care – such as lack of access to food, housing and transportation – play a big role in a person's ability to attain a healthy lifestyle. They may also add to medical costs that place a financial burden on households and businesses.

These "social determinants of health" are the reason we are developing and implementing strategies for health equity within the health care delivery system. We're continuing to build our network of community partners to help bridge these gaps, so we can provide peace of mind and create solutions to address essential needs.

Most excitingly, in the spring of 2019, we are opening our first ever Blue Door Neighborhood CenterSM in Chicago's historic Pullman community. It will be our first ever brick-and-mortar presence where we will engage members and potential members face to face. The center will provide services and resources to help improve health and well-being of residents.

BCBSIL also leads with our values in every part of our business. As an example, we celebrate and foster diversity and inclusion. Our diverse workforce makes us stronger. Working together helps us understand and meet the needs of our members and communities.

We'll share stories through the year on this site about our efforts to live our purpose and stand with our members.

Steve Hamman
President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

 

Accessible Eye Screenings to Prevent Diabetes

Accessible Eye Screenings to Prevent Diabetes

Retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in patients with diabetes. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is making vision screening more accessible in the communities we serve.

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Improving Whole-Person Wellness

Improving Whole-Person Wellness

Our first-ever neighborhood center will provide access to in-person services to help Chicagoans improve their health.

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Pitching Business Ideas to Improve Health Equity

Pitching Business Ideas to Improve Health Equity

To find some of the best ideas from entrepreneurs looking to close the gaps in health equity, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois worked with MATTER to issue a nationwide Health Equity Innovation Challenge.

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Harvesting Food and New Skills

Harvesting Food and New Skills

Through Windy City Harvest’s Farm on Ogden, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois supports healthier food choices for the community.

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Collaborating for the Children

Collaborating for the Children.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Northwestern Medicine join forces to refresh schools on Chicago's biggest day of service

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