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 partnered with communities across the state to help improve community health and lend a helping hand when needed most. As a local health plan, it’s important to us that we remain deeply embedded in the communities we serve, working alongside our neighbors, friends, and family to help people live healthier lives.
The health and well-being of our communities drives our community giving and our corporate volunteerism. As the health care industry continues to focus on eliminating social determinants of health and removing barriers to care, we are doing our part. We are making long term, targeted investments aimed at helping to improve the health and well-being of local communities.
We know that lack of housing can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to improve their health. In 2019, we worked with community partners focused on removing the obstacle of homelessness, helping empower individuals to better manage their medical conditions.
We are continuing to make healthcare more accessible by providing care coordination and health education at the Blue Door Neighborhood CenterSM which serves Chicago’s Pullman community (coming soon to Morgan Park and South Lawndale). Our first ever brick-and-mortar presence has partnered with more than 41 community organizations, and served more than 6,000 Pullman residents providing critical services to thousands of residents – all focused on improving community health.
Being a good corporate citizen means leading by example and living true to our purpose. We are proud to be the only insurer to offer multiple health plan options in every county across Illinois – demonstrating our commitment to expand access and close gaps in care.
Throughout the year, we'll share stories of how BCBSIL works to make a positive impact on community health. Standing with our members and communities as we work together to improve health equity, celebrate and foster diversity and inclusion and invest in the future of our state.
Thank you for taking the time to read and watch our stories.
President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
75 Organizations Receive COVID-19 Grants
The $1.5 million COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund provided $20,000 grants to organizations helping people affected by the health, economic and social impacts of the outbreak.
Supporting Front-Line Health Care Workers During the COVID-19 Crisis
Teamsters Joint Council 25 packed up and transported 150,000 KN95 masks donated by Blue Cross and Blue Cross of Illinois to be distributed to hospitals.
Meet Our 2019 Volunteer of the Year
Every year Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois recognizes an employee for exemplary work and contribution to our communities.
A Home Away From Home for Sick Children
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is proud to be a room sponsor at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois in Peoria. This new four-story building in the medical district of downtown provides 22 suites to help families feel at home during their child's treatment.
Breaking Ground on South Side Expansion
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois recently broke ground on a new multipurpose solution center that will bring up to 550 jobs to Chicago's South Side.
Bees Are Buzzing at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Hosting two beehives on the roof of our Chicago headquarters is helping boost the city’s bee population and improve the pollination of local flowers and crops.
Investing in Community Based Solutions to Health Barriers
With support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, the American Heart Association’s Social Impact Fund is investing in three Chicago organizations that are breaking down barriers to health equity.
Supporting Housing to Improve Health
Chicago’s Flexible Housing Pool coordinates permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness who cycle through the city’s hospitals, emergency rooms criminal justice system.
Blue Door Neighborhood Center Celebrates First 100 Days
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois hosted a block party to celebrate the first 100 days of the Blue Door Neighborhood CenterSM in Pullman. Find out how it’s already making an impact and transforming lives on Chicago’s South Side.