Disease Prevention

Through the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative, we target partnerships and programs that offer direct preventive services to help stop disease or illness before it occurs. We also educate our communities on how they can avoid certain health issues and provide resources to better manage disease or illness once it occurs.

The Care Van® program is one of our pillar partners in preventing disease across our company’s five states and consists of mobile health vans that travel to underserved communities providing access to free preventive services and screenings to children and adults. In 2015, our 23 Care Vans provided more than 194,000 immunizations and other health services to over 110,000 clients.

    Illinois Care Van Outreach
  • Illinois Care Van Outreach

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois' (BCBSIL's) Care Van program began in 1990 and has grown to three mobile vans, which together have provided nearly 254,000 free immunizations in Chicago and downstate Illinois. In 2015, the BCBSIL Care Van partnered with Telligen, Walgreens and Everthrive to provide education, flu and pneumonia vaccinations to senior citizens living in Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) facilities. The Care Van was stationed at 51 CHA sites throughout the Chicago area.

  • Montana Care Van Outreach

    Montana Care Van Outreach

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) launched its Care Van mobile outreach program in 2014. The Care Van partners with public health officials, community clinics and other practitioners to administer vaccines, with the goal of maintaining and increasing vaccination rates and providing important health information. In 2015, BCBSMT exceeded their 2,000 immunization goal and has provided more than 4,000 immunizations since the program began in 2014.

    New Mexico Care Van Outreach
  • New Mexico Care Van Outreach

    Established in 2006, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) Care Van program has provided more than 15,000 immunizations and performed thousands of screenings statewide. The Care Van works in collaboration with the New Mexico Department of Health and other health care providers including the University of New Mexico’s Medical School and Eastern New Mexico University’s nursing school.

    Oklahoma Care Van Outreach
  • Oklahoma Caring Van Outreach

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) is the leading sponsor of the Oklahoma Caring Foundation, Inc., and its signature Oklahoma Caring Van program, which provides immunizations at no charge to children through clinics held at child care facilities, schools, social service agencies and other community locations. In 2015, BCBSOK launched two new Care Vans in collaboration with three American Indian tribal operating partners. Established in October 1999, the Oklahoma Caring Van program has now provided nearly 284,000 immunizations to over 162,000 children.

    Texas Care Van Outreach
  • Texas Care Van Outreach

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is the statewide sponsor of the Caring for Children Foundation of Texas, which operates 10 Care Vans in collaboration with the Texas Medical Association, Texas Medical Association Alliance and other organizations across the state. Since its beginning in June of 1997, the Caring for Children Foundation's Texas Care Van program has given 1 245,760 immunizations to over 794,000 children.