Teaming Up for a Healthier RI
2015 Community Investment Report
To improve the health of all Rhode Islanders, it takes more than one organization—it takes a team. That’s why Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is proud to partner with local nonprofits that are doing important work for individuals and families in our state.
Through our BlueAngel Community Investment Program, we support nonprofits and programs that address the most critical health issues facing Rhode Islanders, from childhood obesity to health literacy to quality care for the uninsured. This report highlights the work our team accomplished in 2015.Read More
Whether we’re volunteering at a local social service agency or investing in community programs, our goal is good health for our fellow Rhode Islanders—now and for the future.
2015 Community Investment by the Numbers
*Independent Sector used to determine the value of a volunteer hour
Promoting Nutrition and Fitness
Nearly one-third of Rhode Island children are overweight or obese, which can impact their health now and in the future. That’s why we’re helping the next generation develop healthy habits for life.Read More
BlueAngel Community Health Grants
Since 2014, we have shifted the focus of our BlueAngel Community Health Grant program to investing in Rhode Island’s future. In 2015, nine organizations received funding to further the significant impact they’re making on the health of Rhode Island’s children.
- Awarded in grants
- Rhode Island children and family members impacted
The support of BCBSRI has been integral in the Y’s ability to impact our community’s youth through much needed initiatives around healthy living. BCBSRI models these efforts by a shared commitment to facilitate great change for all in our community.
2015 New Grant Recipients
Education in Action
Young Star ACTIVists
Clínica Esperanza Hope Clinic
Niños Activos y Sanos
Partnership for Providence Parks
Get Fit McAuley
Newport County YMCA
Prescribe the Y
Crossroads Rhode Island
Nutrition & Exercise to Combat Childhood Obesity Among Homeless Children & Teens
Helping Schoolchildren Be Healthier
In 2015, we continued our support of the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition, which helps ensure that all students are well nourished and physically active.
BCBSRI has provided us with tremendous guidance, community connections and extended partnerships, and a stronger vision for our success. We wouldn’t be where we are without them!
Increasing Physical Activity in RI Schools
Our partnership with KIDS COUNT started last year when we supported the Issue Brief on Childhood and Adolescent Obesity and helped implement its recommendations.
In 2015, we were fortunate to continue our partnership with Rhode Island KIDS COUNT with a new policy brief, Promoting Increased Physical Activity in Schools. The brief’s findings and recommendations were released at a policy roundtable attended by key state leaders who could use the information to make immediate changes.
This important policy brief will accelerate efforts by elected officials, community leaders, and partners to take action that will improve the health of children and youth.
Helping Improve Recess
Playworks Education Energized provides training to Rhode Island schools to keep students active during recess time. In 2015, BCBSRI offered a “Playshop” for 58 Rhode Island teachers and para-professionals from 32 schools, providing tips and tools for high-quality recess that increases vigorous physical activity, reduces bullying, and helps students be ready to learn.
Access to Care
Strengthening the Safety Net
All Rhode Islanders deserve access to affordable, high-quality care. By teaming up with providers and nonprofits, we’re helping the uninsured and underinsured receive much needed services.Read More
Investing in Quality Care for All
Although access to healthcare has increased in recent years as a result of the Affordable Care Act, approximately 50,000 Rhode Islanders still do not have adequate insurance coverage. In 2015, we continued to fund clinics providing free and low-cost healthcare services.
The CHEER walk-in clinic provides free basic health services to the uninsured and underinsured.
Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation
The annual Mission of Mercy is a two-day dental clinic that provides free dental services.
Rhode Island Free Clinic
The clinic provides free primary care, specialty care, lab, wellness programs, and prescription assistance.
I have never met a more caring and engaged group of funders! Because of BCBSRI’s investment in our CHEER Clinic, we were able to provide healthcare services that saved low-income uninsured families more than $250,000.
Making the Most of Healthcare
At times, healthcare can seem like its own language. Our community programs help Rhode Islanders understand the system and get the most from their healthcare.Read More
Promoting Health Education and Prevention
Our grassroots community wellness programs are designed to help Rhode Islanders protect their health.
Offering Diabetes Education for Seniors
Hundreds of seniors benefited from the education provided by doctors during Diabetes Boot Camp for Seniors. This program was the result of a partnership between BCBSRI and the American Diabetes Association and will continue to be offered in 2016.
Ensuring Access to Primary Care
Since 2012, we have been a significant funder of the Rhode Island Licensed Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program. The recipients provide medical services in our state’s underserved communities for two years. This helps address the shortage in primary care services that causes disparities in health.
Reaching Out Through Latino Public Radio
We continued our partnership with Latino Public Radio in 2015 by sponsoring the monthly radio show “Asegurate,” translated as “Insure Yourself.” Hosted by Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, this one-hour program helps educate listeners about the healthcare system and often features BCBSRI employees such as Bobby Rodriguez and Maria Tateosian (pictured).
Volunteering to Make a Difference
Our enthusiastic employee volunteers help our community investment program thrive. In 2015, employee volunteerism and fundraising exceeded goals and expectations long before the end of the year.Read More
Blue Across Rhode Island
At our fourth annual company-wide day of service, our BlueAngel employee volunteers made a direct impact on the community:
BCBSRI genuinely cares about the communities it serves here in RI. The employees have a heart for service. I have never known another company that put as much heart and soul into a day!
A Friendly Food Drive Competition
This year’s annual Thanksgiving food drive involved a new element: competing with our neighbors at Amica to raise the most food for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
Supporting Local Nonprofit Leaders
For the fifth year, we continued our partnership with The Rhode Island Foundation’s Initiative for Non-Profit Excellence Board Referral. This initiative helps ensure that members who serve on the boards of nonprofit organizations are both capable and committed.
We’re thrilled to partner with BCBSRI to both strengthen boards and highlight excellent nonprofit work. This work is invaluable to the sector.
Looking for Volunteers? Let Us Know.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get our BlueAngel volunteers involved at your organization.
Honored to be Recognized
PRNews Corporate Social Responsibility Awards
Top Volunteer Program Award
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Top Fundraising Team Award
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Corporate Champion Award
Best Place to Work Recognitions
We were honored to receive two awards for our workplace culture last year.
Providence Business News Best Places to Work
This award is given based on confidential employee surveys and management reports.
2016 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality
For the second year in a row, BCBSRI received a score of 100% on the Corporate Equality Index, which measures corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workplace equality.
In 2015, we sponsored Project SEARCH—a high school transition program for students with disabilities ages 18-21—through a partnership with Cranston Public Schools, the Office of Rehabilitation Services, and the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals. Project SEARCH students were given opportunities in food services, office services, print shop, greeter, conference room monitor, and maintenance. We look forward to expanding the program in 2016.
Like all of us, people with disabilities simply need opportunity and support to achieve their potential. Project SEARCH does just that, while giving us all the opportunity to learn from each other.
LGBTQ Safe Zone Certification
Through this program, we encourage community healthcare providers to commit to supportive and affirming practices for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) patients. Research and our community members have told us that it is a struggle to find healthcare professionals who provide safe care to LGBTQ people. This certification helps to close that gap. In 2015, Thundermist Health Center—West Warwick, South County, and Woonsocket locations—received the Safe Zone certification, as did Jayna Klatzker, LICSW.
Making Strides in Supplier Diversity
This program encourages small or diverse businesses—at least 51 percent owned by people of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, veterans, or those in other disenfranchised groups—to participate in the competitive bid process for goods and services. In 2015, our corporate spending with this group of suppliers increased significantly.
Living and Working Green
Respecting the environment and reducing our impact on it is a priority at Blue Cross.
Our recycling program alone saved the equivalent of:
Honored to be Recognized
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award
The Providence American
Corporate Diversity Officer of the Year Award to Bobby Rodriguez, Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer