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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is watching developments involving novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and what it means for those we serve. The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life for everyone as our communities battle this potentially deadly virus. Because of this disruption, we are carefully evaluating all corporate giving requests to assess where these dollars will do the most good as our communities begin to recover. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is committed to making Upstate New York a better place to live, work and raise a family. As a nonprofit health plan, our mission is to provide access to affordable health care and continually work to improve the health and health care of residents in the communities we serve. We're neighbors helping neighbors build healthier communities.
Community Health Awards
One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by presenting Community Health Awards to nonprofit organizations that share our goals. Selected organizations receive grant awards of up to $4,000 each to positively influence health by providing education, health and wellness programming, and valuable support services.
Another way we seek to fulfill our mission is by investing with local nonprofit organizations through one-time funding opportunities that support a health specific program, event, service or need.
Member and Community Health Improvement Program
A third way we work toward achieving our mission is through Excellus BCBS's Member and Community Health Improvement programs. These partnerships span multiple years, include specific objectives and measurable outcomes for improving health, and help improve health care quality in our community.
A Healthier Upstate Blog
A Healthier Upstate Blog
If It’s Hard To Be Healthy, You’ll Love This Easy Meal
I recently dined on quite the spread: Homemade corn tortilla chips with southwestern black-eyed pea and corn salad. Oh, and apple crisp for dessert. People with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and the staff who help them, whipped up this healthy and very tasty meal. They prepared these foods during the Arc of Monroe’s first-ever Cooking …Read More »
Binghamton High Poverty Area Gets Healthier
The north side of Binghamton, New York, was in desperate need. Not only does it have a high rate of obesity, but it also has the highest rate of poverty in the county. Making matters worse, the only grocery store in walking distance or on the bus line closed. It was hard to find affordable …Read More »
Battling Lead Poisoning in Herkimer and Oneida Counties
According to area health departments, an alarming percentage of children in Herkimer and Oneida counties are not screened for lead exposure. Screening, however, is critical since the majority of homes in the area were built prior to 1978. That’s when lead paint was still commonly used. If children are exposed to lead, they’re at risk …Read More »
Cervical Cancer survivor Christine Baze wants everyone to get this vaccination. Here’s why.
Before you decide whether or not to have your pre-teen vaccinated against HPV (human papillomavirus), you may want to read about Christine Baze’s battle with cervical cancer. Don’t have kids that age? You may still want to read Christine’s story. The National Cancer Institute says HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men …Read More »
From Addict To Leader: One Woman’s Path To Sobriety
Sarah Lee reflects on her sobriety whenever she walks by a corner room on the second floor of the Jennifer House in Rochester. She took her first step toward sobriety while staying in the yellow room at the house run by Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach. The house is a short-term residence for women who are …Read More »
Mobile Dentist Office Comes to RIT
Michael Shea, a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, hadn’t seen the dentist in more than a year. But on Thursday, Shea stood outside a SMILEmobile parked on the RIT campus. He was ready for a cleaning. “It was convenient,” said Shea, a fourth-year student from Connecticut. He gestured at the big mobile unit …Read More »