Blue Review
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March 2021

Free Minority Health Programs Next Month at Blue Door Neighborhood CenterSM

Encourage your patients to check out the free National Minority Health Month events hosted by our Blue Door Neighborhood Center (BDNCSM). Since programming is virtual due to COVID-19, all of your patients can take advantage of these activities no matter where they live.

According to the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Minority Health Month is an effort to build awareness about the disproportionate burden of premature death and illness in minority populations and to encourage action through health education, early detection, and control of disease complications. Our BDNC staff created programming to help support this mission.

In April, we’ll welcome Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) members and non-members to our free Ask A Doctor events to discuss health and COVID-19 vaccine concerns.

According to Kaiser Family Foundation research, 35% of Black adults (a group that has borne a disproportionate burden of the pandemic) say they definitely or probably would not get vaccinated. Throughout April, BDNC will provide collateral, webinars and education campaigns to help inform and educate the community about COVID-19 and vaccinations.

These are just a few of the programs we’ll offer at BDNC on multiple dates and times during National Minority Health Month. Encourage your patients to check the calendars at BDNC at Morgan Park, BDNC at Pullman and BDNC at South Lawndale for details and to register. They can also visit the BDNC Facebook page for other events and happenings at all three BDNC locations.

Supporting our members on their health education journeys and increasing access to health care where our members live, work and play is an ongoing priority at BCBSIL. We’re also committed to strengthening the health of communities across the state. BDNC gives BCBSIL the opportunity to partner with you to help make a difference in the lives of residents in our communities. Once we open our doors to in-person guests, please encourage your patients to stop by. If you or your patients have questions, email the BDNC or call 773-253-0900.

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