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What BCBSIL is Doing to Address Health Equity and SDoH

BCBSIL is committed to helping improve health equity for our members and the communities that we serve. The prevalence of health disparities has both a moral and economic imperative for action. Consequently, we are seeking to address opportunities to help improve health equity within the health care delivery system and outside of health care, upstream from disease and medical treatment.  

FoodQSM   is a service that provides affordable access to healthy foods and resources to people living in food deserts. Users can make choices about how they want to access food and what type of food they want to order. Type in the Zip Code to see if the desired Zip Code is covered.

Blue Door Neighborhood CenterSM  is located in Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood and offers the following at no cost to BCBSIL members and non-members:

  • Classes on healthy meal planning, exercising and relaxing through meditation
  • Workshops on managing health conditions, like heart disease and asthma
  • Resources for understanding and using health insurance
  • Tips for connecting to community services that provide food and transportation

Care Van® Program   For nearly 30 years, our fleet of Care Vans have brought public health services such as no cost immunizations, dental sealants and health literacy to schools, churches, parks, shopping centers, public housing, community events and other locations.

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation  BCBSIL has partnered with BCBS Institute, and LYFT® to provide non-emergency medical transportation to members who reside in identified transportation deserts.

Diabetes Retinopathy Screening   BCBSIL is working with Esperanza Health Centers  and five other clinics in the Chicago area to help improve screening rates for diabetic retinopathy. The clinics offer free diabetic retinopathy screenings to BCBSIL members and nonmembers to help combat diabetic retinopathy.

The above material is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician or other health care provider. Physicians and other health care providers are encouraged to use their own medical judgment based upon all available information and the condition of the patient in determining the appropriate course of treatment. References to third party sources or organizations are not a representation, warranty or endorsement of such organizations. Any questions regarding those organizations should be addressed to them directly. The fact that a service or treatment is described in this material is not a guarantee that the service or treatment is a covered benefit and members should refer to their certificate of coverage for more details, including benefits, limitations and exclusions. Regardless of benefits, the final decision about any service or treatment is between the member and their health care provider.