70 of 80 rural NC counties lack sufficient health care. Today We are tackling the problem head-on.
When individuals are healthy, entire communities benefit.1 That’s why we’re working to foster good health in our communities in a number of ways.
No one wants to be unhealthy. But there are many factors beyond individuals’ control that can contribute to poor health. What’s more, poor health has profound effects on families, workplaces and communities.
Blue Cross NC is committed to doing our part to make for a healthier state. We’re making a landmark investment in community health initiatives in 2018. But before we tell you more about what we’re doing, we’ll begin by telling you why.
Healthy Families, Healthy Communities
Children in lower-income families are more likely to have poorer health, live in less safe neighborhoods and have fewer opportunities for success than those who grew up in higher-income families.2 And adults who had stressful or traumatic childhoods have higher rates of chronic diseases, cancer and mental illness. These disparities don’t just span lifetimes, they span generations.3
In North Carolina, 22 percent of children live in poverty.4 Unless we invest in these children and their communities, they are far less likely to break out of the cycle of poverty and poor health.
Good health and workplace productivity go hand-in-hand.5
Health care costs are high enough for employers. But the indirect costs of work-related issues due to poor health may actually be several times higher.
Productivity losses related to individual and family health issues cost U.S. employers a staggering $225.8 billion every year.6 Here in North Carolina, employers say that, on average, only 9 percent of their workers have no health risks.7
What We’re Doing
Our mission at Blue Cross NC is improving the health and well-being of our customers and communities. This year, we’re investing in community organizations that:
We know that these investments will lead to better health and ultimately lower health care costs for our customers. We will keep you updated on our progress.