National Health Equity Strategy
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies Confront the Nation’s Crisis in Racial Health Disparities
Your health shouldn’t depend on the color of your skin or the neighborhood you live in.
The crisis in racial disparities in our country’s health care is unconscionable and unacceptable. While BCBS companies have made great strides in addressing racial health disparities in our local communities, there is so much more to be done."
— Kim Keck
President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s (BCBSA) National Health Equity Strategy includes:
- Collecting data to measure disparities
- Scaling effective programs
- Working with providers to improve outcomes and address unconscious bias
- Leaning into partnerships at the community level
- Influencing policy decisions at the state and federal levels
The multi-year strategy will focus on four conditions that disproportionately affect communities of color: maternal health, behavioral health, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions. BCBSA will first focus on maternal health, then behavioral health in 2021.
Health Disparities: By the Numbers
Black men are 70% more likely to die from a stroke as compared to non-Hispanic white men.
Likely due to under-diagnosis, Millennials from majority Black and Hispanic communities have lower diagnosis rates of major depression, 31% and 55% lower respectively when compared to white communities.
African American adults are 60% more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.
Black mothers have 3x higher maternal mortality and 2x higher morbidity than white mothers.
What we're doing
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies Address the Nation's Crisis in Racial Health Disparities.