As the state’s largest provider of health benefits, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is deeply dedicated to contributing to the well-being of the communities where we live, work and play.
I am delighted to point to the partnerships we made to help change the trajectory on preventable conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and helping to create pathways to jobs, housing, and education.
Our employees are our strength, and I’m so proud of the many examples of them spending time last year volunteering and demonstrating our commitment to our purpose: To Do Everything In Our Power To Stand With Our Members in Sickness And In Health®. Our annual Corporate Social Responsibility report outlines the progress we made in 2022 to make a difference in communities across Texas.
Here are just a few highlights:
In 2022 the state opened again at full speed with an increasing need for community organizations to provide their members with safe outdoor spaces. We saw an effective opportunity to improve the health of Texans through exercise and fitness by partnering with the National Fitness Campaign and investing nearly $500,000 to build 20 public, outdoor fitness courts across the state to impact millions of people daily.
Supported by BCBSTX, The Caring Foundation of Texas Care Van® program, provided more than 45,000 various preventive health services and impacted over 26,000 children and adults throughout the state.
Through various grants, BCBSTX awarded more than $2.5 million to 54 community-based organizations throughout Texas that work to improve the health of more than 5 million families. Our 2022 grant recipients are addressing access to care, reducing hunger and social determinants of health including education, employment, and mental health needs.
What really speaks most loudly to our purpose, though, are the efforts you may not have read about in a news release. Our employees volunteered more than 38,000 hours with over 680 organizations leading activities including meal programs, assembling new children’s underwear packages, serving as reading tutors, writing notes to seniors, donating books to community centers and more to affect thousands of families. Employees like Kim Droptini never stop seeking opportunities to serve those in need, even planning their weekends far in advance to volunteer. That is a kind of dedication we do not let go unnoticed. With more than 440 hours of service in and around her Richardson, Texas, community, Kim was named BCBSTX’s 2022 Volunteer of the Year for her impressive dedication to nonprofits including 6 Stones, Best Buddies and Special Olympics Texas.
As we look back on 2022, I hope you are as encouraged as I am of the difference we made for our members, customers, employees, and communities across our state. We will use this momentum in 2023 to continue to meet the needs of Texans by introducing the Blue Impact grant program. Through this program we will focus our funding priorities on partnering with community-based organizations who are on the ground working to expand access to care and addressing nutrition, economic stability, behavioral health, early detection screenings and more. We remain united in the unwavering belief that by contributing support and outreach, addressing health disparities and striving for more equitable care and economic opportunities, we will create a world in which we all thrive.
President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Last Updated: March 10, 2023