Our statewide presence gives us a unique perspective on the populations and regions that can be uplifted by strategic, targeted and focused investments. Over the last several years through our collaborative work in the communities we serve, overwhelming evidence has pointed us to two disease states impacting the health and wellness of millions of Texans: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Therefore, we've partnered with several organizations across the state to help prevent and manage these two disease conditions and their effect on Texas communities. Our partners make an impact by providing kidney and lung screenings, educational seminars, nutrition classes and other services that improve overall health outcomes.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
According to the American Lung Association, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. The disease, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is increasingly common, affecting millions of Americans. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., and an estimated 5.5% of Texans suffer from the disease. Many with COPD go undiagnosed and enter the health care system in crisis and at an advanced stage, according to BCBSTX claims data.
To address the prevalence of COPD in Texas, our HKHF grants support organizations that promote lung health, including smoking cessation.
Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) also called chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function. According to the National Institutes of Health, the main risk factors for developing kidney disease are diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and a family history of kidney failure.
The prevalence of diabetes has exploded to epidemic levels in the U.S. with more than 29 million Americans living with the disease. An estimated 11% of Texans are diabetic. According to BCBSTX claims data, diabetics are developing chronic complications such as CKD at an alarming rate.
Our HKHF grants support organizations that help detect CKD at an early stage. Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
To apply for an HKHF grant, please visit our Apply for Funding page.