Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities
Behavioral health conditions are on the rise across America. But disparities within behavioral health are having a serious impact across racial, socioeconomic and geographic groups. For instance, only 1 in 3 Black adults who need mental healthcare receive it. Read the next mini-eMagazine in our Health Equity series – Volume #3 Uniting to Advance Behavioral Health Equity – to learn more about these astounding disparities, their root causes, the cost implications on organizations and workforces and how employers can help forge a new path toward equitable behavioral healthcare for all.
Behavioral health equity: scale of impact
Fully and equitably supporting the behavioral health needs of your workforce starts with having a clear understanding of the scope of the issue. Our latest infographic lays out many of the glaring disparities that exist across racial, socioeconomic and geographic groups, and the impact they are having on employers and organizations. To examine this crisis more deeply, download our latest mini-eMagazine and discover actionable strategies for employers and health plan partners to help forge the path toward equitable behavioral healthcare together.
Addressing Maternal Health Disparities
The United States is the most dangerous developed country in which to have a baby—especially for women of color. The risk for miscarriage, for example, is roughly 43% higher for Black women compared to white women. That's just one of the many staggering maternal health disparities affecting the well-being of employees and leading to profit and productivity loss for employers. Read the next mini-eMagazine in our Health Equity series—Volume #2 Working Together to Advance Maternal Health Equity—to learn more about these disparities, the implications on organizations and their workforces and how employers can help find a way forward.
Advancing Maternal Health Equity: Coming Together to Support Mothers in the Workforce
Join Reed Melton, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and industry leaders from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, March of Dimes and Business Group on Health for a discussion around the maternal health crisis in America. They will address maternal health disparities in depth, discuss how this situation is affecting employers and their workforces and outline how everyone plays a part in making the maternal journey safer for all women. The panel will cover:
- The staggering disparities present within maternal health—particularly for women of color—and their key influencing factors.
- The impact these disparities are having on workforces and organizations.
- How health plan partners, employers and other stakeholders can work together to advance the movement for maternal health equity, outlining specific strategies for action.
Maternal Health Equity: Scale of Impact
In the developed world, the United States is the most dangerous place to give birth—especially for women of color. Our latest infographic lays out some of the staggering disparities mothers of color are facing before, during and after pregnancy, and how this impacts employers and organizations. To understand the need for advancing maternal health equity, this is a great place to start. Then, dive in even deeper with our mini-eMagazine to learn about the strategies that employers, health plan partners and other key stakeholders can use to help make pregnancy safer for all women.
Advancing health equity: How we can work together to drive change for your workforce
Join Albert Chu and Dr. Adam Myers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Bridget Hurd, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Amanda Smith, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, for a discussion around the health equity crisis in America. Tackling the issue head-on, they will dissect where health disparities are affecting employees, challenges the pandemic has created, and how advancing change will take all of us. The panel will explore:
- The scale of health disparities and their impact on employee populations, and how that’s costing employers.
- What health plans can do to advance health equity and how the Blue Cross and Blue Shield system’s National Health Equity Strategy is confronting the issue.
- How health plan partners, employers and other stakeholders can work together to help change the tide, highlighting specific strategies to focus on.
Understanding how health disparities are impacting your workforce
Across the country, health equity is in a state of crisis, and it’s impacting both employees and businesses. In fact, studies have shown health disparities cost employers about $42 billion in lost productivity per year. Read the first mini-eMagazine in our new Health Equity series—Volume #1 The Journey Toward Health Equity Takes All of Us—to learn about health disparities your employees may be facing, the impact it can have on your organization and what strategies you can leverage for your workforce.
Health equity: Scale of impact
Before you can know what action to take, you have to have a clear sense of the challenge. This infographic captures what workforces are facing, and zeroes in on the scale of health disparities related to key conditions and the cost it has on employers. Use it as a reference to get the conversation started, then read our mini-eMagazine to explore the roles health plan partners, employers and other stakeholders can play in advancing health equity.
Strategies for Bringing Equity to Maternal Healthcare
Studies show Black, American Indian and Alaska Native women are more likely than white women to suffer and die from pregnancy-related causes in the U.S. Watch as experts from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, 4Kira4Moms and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield sit down as part of Business Group on Health’s Annual Conference to discuss strategies employers can use to help eliminate disparities and achieve equity in maternal healthcare.
Addressing behavioral health and its key barriers, full-on
Learn how to address behavioral health holistically for your workforce and break down barriers such as stigma and disparities in care.