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 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. Our newest Blue Plan, in Montana, introduced its first Care Van program in 2014, increasing our commitment to provide preventitive services within the communities we serve.

    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 239,000 free immunizations in Chicago and downstate Illinois. One of BCBSIL's Care Vans has also had a recurring presence at the Illinois State Fair, where, in collaboration with the St. John's Hospital of Springfield, free cholesterol and glucose screenings have been provided to thousands of seniors.

    Montana Care Van Outreach
  • Montana Care Van Outreach

    In September 2014, BCBSMT officially launched its Care Van mobile outreach program. 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 its first three months, the Care Van program reached the halfway point of its state requirement to provide 2,000 vaccines by the end of 2016. The program is on track to meet the state mandate well within the first 12 months of operation.

    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 14,000 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 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. Two vans are based in Oklahoma City to serve the central and western parts of the state, and two vans are based in Tulsa, serving eastern Oklahoma. A fifth Caring Van is operated in partnership with Choctaw Nation Health Services to serve 10 counties in the rural southeastern part of the state. Established in October 1999, the Oklahoma Caring Van program has now provided nearly 260,000 immunizations to over 139,000 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 1,187,106 immunizations to over 750,000 children.