Our purpose is to look beyond health care today for ideas that create healthier communities tomorrow. Over the past several years, the Blue Cross Foundation has conducted research, convened local and national leaders, and consulted with communities in an exploration of where to best target resources to most effectively fulfill that purpose.
As a result of our findings, we’re making a long-term commitment to address social determinants of health in Minnesota. By addressing key factors such as social connectedness, early childhood development, housing and the environment, we believe we can help promote health, prevent illness and premature death, and make Minnesota’s communities healthier and stronger.
Our long-term, $10 million commitment combines grantmaking with foundation operating programs in four strategic initiatives: health and immigrant integration, children’s health, health leadership and public policy.
Our goal is to improve the health of Minnesota communities long term and close the health gap that affects many Minnesotans. While Minnesota is one of the healthiest states in the nation, many Minnesotans do not share that health — particularly people of color, new Americans and people living in poverty.
Many health problems such as asthma, diabetes and some cancers are strongly associated with poverty, recent immigration to the U.S. and membership in a racial minority group. By addressing social determinants of health, we believe we can help close the gap and truly call Minnesota the healthiest state in the nation.
Improving the health of Minnesota’s children and communities.
Improving health and social connectedness of immigrants.
Improving access to preventive care services for ethnic and minority youth.
Improving organizational effectiveness and capacity of rural health providers.
Support for training and use. Transitioning to Healthy Together.