Through the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative, we offer our commitment of preventive services to stop disease or illness before it occurs. Additionally, we focus on providing education and resources to prepare our communities to better manage their health situation once disease or illness occurs.
The Care Van® program is one of our pillar partners in preventing disease and the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest is one of our pillar partners in managing disease.
Since the start of the program in 1990, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois' (BCBSIL's) three mobile Care Vans have canvassed the state providing more than 223,000 free immunizations. One of BCBSIL's Care Vans has also had a reoccurring presence at the Illinois State Fair, where working in collaboration with the St. John's Hospital of Springfield, thousands of seniors have taken advantage of free cholesterol and glucose screenings.
Established in 2006, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) Care Van program, 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, has provided more than 10,000 immunizations and performed thousands of screenings statewide.
Blue Cross 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 ten counties in the rural southeastern part of the state. Established in October 1999, the Oklahoma Caring Van program has provided nearly 219,000 immunizations to over 110,000 children through December 2012.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is the statewide sponsor of the Caring for Children Foundation of Texas which operates ten Care Vans in collaboration with the Texas Medical Association, Texas Medical Association Alliance and other organizations across the state. Beginning in June of 1997 through December 2012, the Caring for Children Foundation's Texas Care Van program has given 1,022,875 immunizations to 640,140 children.