Advocating for change

Blue Shield advocates for public policy that is in the best interest of our members and communities – at the local, state, and national levels.

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Developing diverse leaders

Blue Shield of California will invest $7 million over five years for a new fellowship program at UC Berkeley School of Public Health to support graduate students from underrepresented communities. The program, which aims to increase diversity among health professionals, will train fellows to leverage data and analytics to improve public health and advance health equity.

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Maternal Child Health

Blue Shield of California is investing in a birthing support system for communities through the inclusion of community-based organization services, doulas, and technology.

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Supporting providers with Primary Care Reimagined

Blue Shield of California introduced a new “Primary Care Reimagined” program that provides in-network physician groups access to an array of latest technologies to enhance their delivery of care, and new reimbursement models that provide more predictable cash flow for the physician practices.

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Raising COVID-19 vaccination rates

To get more members vaccinated, Blue Shield tapped organizations with whom it has working relationships to better reach its own members in various communities. Simply put, they’re close to their communities — pharmacies embedded in areas where the greatest concentrations of unvaccinated members live or work, and providers who are relied-on confidants.

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Understanding a community's health

The Neighborhood Health Dashboard uses data intelligence from dozens of sources to paint a comprehensive picture of a community’s health, including health outcomes, preventative healthcare, utilization and access, health behaviors, social risk factors, and environmental and economic health conditions.

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Disrupting drug pricing

Blue Shield of California, along with 17 other Blue Cross Blue Shield Association plans, joined with nonprofit Civica Rx to provide low-cost generic medications by early 2022.