Social Determinants of Health

A BCBS Health Index analysis uncovered a link between a population's health and its economy. Better health leads to higher incomes and lower unemployment. Read more >

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In Miami, Florida, and Jackson, Mississippi, cesarean deliveries are twice as high as in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Iowa City, Iowa, even after adjusting for age, multiple births and the rate of breech deliveries. 

Article February 7, 2019

Navigating your health

Many people new to our country are in need of becoming better health advocates for themselves and their families. Find out how Florida Blue is taking a grassroots approach toward enhancing health literacy.
Article November 27, 2018

Healthy hometown

While staying true to its small town charm and rich history South Dakota's oldest city, Fort Pierre, has a strong desire to be a city continuously making subtle environmental changes ensuring residents and visitors have resources to stay active and healthy. 
Article October 26, 2018

Health at home with community paramedicine

Communities across the nation are exploring ways to help residents get the care they need before calling an ambulance. Here’s how one community is addressing social determinants of health to help vulnerable patients get healthier.
Article October 26, 2018

Breaking the cycle of domestic violence

Domestic violence is a cyclical behavior affecting women, men and children across the country. To better understand this cycle of violence, Blue Shield of California Foundation commissioned a survey to help uncover the root causes and found an opportunity for greater impact.