Better Health Care.
We view racism as a public health crisis and health care as a racial and social justice issue. We stand for promoting equity and inclusion, for fighting racism, for uniting to build healthy communities.
With nearly three million members, we know firsthand that health care must be inclusive and accessible for diverse populations. That’s why we’re working to better represent you, our members.
Vice President Talent Acquisition,
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Equitable health care can’t wait
Here's what we're doing to improve health care, for all of us.
Improving Health Equity
To fully integrate the principle of equity into our work, we need your help. You can join our efforts to improve health care by sharing your race, ethnicity, and language preferences.
Building Informed Solutions
Every day we’re learning from our members and using that information to develop programs to address racial inequities in health care access and quality. We’re establishing benchmarks to measure our progress, and we’ll keep finding ways to raise the bar.
Promoting Equitable Practices
We’re educating our employees and partner companies on the impact that race, ethnicity, and other socioeconomic factors have on members’ health, to guide better decision-making.
We’re also assessing our partner companies on their efforts to detect and address health inequities.
Holding Ourselves Accountable
We created an advisory council of local and national experts to help inform our decisions and hold us accountable on our equity journey. We’ll share a regular scorecard of our progress on our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.
Partners for change
To make a lasting, sustainable impact on our communities, we're:
- Investing in organizations that are advancing racial and social justice. In February 2021, we awarded $350,000 in new Racial Equity and Justice Grants to six nonprofits led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
- Joining the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pacesetters program, an ambitious collaborative initiative that seeks to close the racial wealth gap in one generation by partnering with businesses of color.
Inclusivity. It’s how we work.
To ensure all of our employees feel respected, included, and empowered to contribute, we’re committed to:
- Recruiting, promoting, and retaining diverse employees at all levels
- Training our leaders on best practices for managing diverse teams
- Expanding employee education on cultural competency
- Fostering a company culture where every voice is welcome, heard, and valued.
- Honoring and observing the history of diverse populations starting with adding Juneteenth to company’s holiday observance calendar.
Your Privacy Is Our Priority
Our most important commitment is to you—to expanding your access to care, and to keeping your personal information confidential. The data you share with us will be used to improve health care and address inequities in care, and it will be held and protected in accordance with our privacy and security policies.
A boost for Community
To support the needs of vulnerable populations, Blue Cross will contribute $1M to fund free rides to and from vaccination sites at community health centers serving racial and ethnic minority populations.