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

In the spring of 2019, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) will open a Blue Door Neighborhood CenterSM in Chicago’s historic Pullman community.

The center will provide services and resources that help improve health and well-being. It will be BCBSIL’s first brick-and-mortar presence in a specific neighborhood, reflecting our commitment to going deeper with our connections in the communities we serve.

Over 200,000 of our members live in Pullman and the nearby Roseland neighborhood. But the center is not just for BCBSIL members. Its services will be for everyone in the community.

The center’s staff will engage members and potential members face to face and help them navigate their health insurance and address other vital needs. It is one of the ways we are working to address issues that directly impact health and wellness.

“Helping people navigate challenges that impact their ability to access care is an important part of our commitment to improve the overall health of local communities,” said Dr. Derek Robinson, chief medical officer for BCBSIL. “We look forward to improving whole-person wellness by connecting residents to resources that can also have an impact on health, such as transportation to medical appointments or lack of housing.”

Programming will be free and will include:

  • Workshops on asthma, behavioral health, diabetes, heart disease and nutrition
  • Wellness classes such as yoga and meditation
  • One-on-one help with making the most of health care benefits
  • Medicare care coordination
  • Connections with other community services

In addition, residents and nonprofit organizations in the community will be able to reserve the center’s meeting room. Child care will be available for visitors attending classes or events.