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 2016, our 23 Care Vans provided 126,542 immunizations and other health services to 148,214 clients.
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 265,000 free immunizations in Chicago and downstate Illinois. In 2016, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Illinois Care Vans provided flu vaccinations in all 50 wards within the city of Chicago.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) launched its Care Van mobile outreach program in 2014 and has provided more than 7,100 immunizations. 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 2016, Montana’s Care Van provided flu shot clinics at five Helena-area schools during parent-teacher conferences.
Established in 2006, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) Care Van program has provided more than 16,000 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. In 2016, the Care Van provided flu shots and other services to homeless families at the grand opening of a tent city facility in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
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 2016, for the first time, the Oklahoma Caring Van program held more than 1,000 clinics, which served 53 of the 77 counties, or over two-thirds of Oklahoma counties. Established in October 1999, the Oklahoma Caring Van program has now provided nearly 312,000 immunizations to over 206,000 children.
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 1,280,273 immunizations to over 874,000 children -- enough children to fill AT&T Stadium, Alamodome, Minute Maid Park, Sun Bowl, Kyle Field and Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium at the same time — twice!