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 2017, our 25 Care Vans provided 140,884 immunizations and other health services to 116,214 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 2017, a new wheelchair accessible Care Van in Illinois joined the fleet to reach more clients.
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 2017, Montana administered its 10,000th immunization, less than two years after launching their first van.
Established in 2006, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) Care Van program has provided 16,400 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 2017, New Mexico added a second van in December, expanding access to preventive care to more communities.
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 2017, Oklahoma’s Caring Vans upgraded their technology to have real-time access to information that can help them respond to patients’ questions. Established in October 1999, the Oklahoma Caring Van program has now provided nearly 337,000 immunizations to over 239,800 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 1,310,732 immunizations to over 936,700 children.