Free Flu and SAD Programs at Blue Door Neighborhood CenterSM Locations

November 30, 2021

The Blue Door Neighborhood Center (BDNCSM) will be hosting a Health and Wellness Holiday Soiree for the community on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, from noon to 3 p.m. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) members and non-members are welcome to join us for this free event to celebrate the holidays.

During National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 5 - 11, our BDNC locations will be offering in-person and virtual health education classes, including Food as Medicine: Preparing for Flu and Cold Season Naturally.

A report titled Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America , released December 2019, states that suicide became the second-leading cause of death in Black children ages 10 to14, and the third-leading cause of death in Black adolescents ages 15 to19.1 To bring attention to this important topic during Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Awareness Month, our BDNC in Morgan Park will host a family-friendly suicide prevention event on Wednesday, December 8. We will tackle this serious issue with fun, interactive, artistic, creative activities that leave families with tools and conversations they can continue at home.

In addition to the free farmers markets at all BDNC locations, the South Lawndale BDNC will host a coat distribution on Friday, December 10.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of these free, popular classes that are offered throughout the month: yoga, Zumba, Bingo, Bingocize® and meditation

These are just a few of the programs that will be offered at BDNC in December. Your patients can check the calendars at BDNC at Morgan ParkBDNC at Pullman and BDNC at South Lawndale for details, dates and to register. They can also visit the BDNC Facebook page  for other events and happenings at all three BDNC locations.

Supporting our members on their health education journeys and increasing access to health care where our members live, work and play is an ongoing priority at BCBSIL. We are also committed to strengthening the health of communities across the state. BDNC gives BCBSIL the opportunity to partner with you to make a difference in the lives of residents in our communities.

All programming – in person and virtual – at BDNC locations is free and open to BCBSIL members and non-members. If you or your patients have questions, email the BDNC or call 773-253-0900.

1National Institute of Mental Health, Addressing the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide, Sept. 22, 2020. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/messages/2020/addressing-the-crisis-of-black-youth-suicide

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. 

BDNC locations are not medical facilities, do not have medical providers on staff, do not offer medical advice, and do not provide health care or mental health services.