BlueAngel Community Health Grants

At Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, our vision is to improve the quality of life of our customers and the people of Rhode Island by improving their health. The BlueAngel Community Health Grant program—an annual, competitive grant program—allows us to further our vision by addressing critical health issues in Rhode Island. We achieve this by partnering with community-based agencies that are trying to improve the health of Rhode Islanders.

This funding program is the cornerstone of our community investment activities at BCBSRI, and we are proud of the organizations we have worked with and the results achieved since we began collaborating with partners in this way more than 14 years ago.

Since 2014, we’ve focused our funding on one of the most critical issues facing our state: preventing and reducing childhood obesity in Rhode Island’s youth. About one-third of American children are either overweight or obese, and childhood obesity is projected to cost children five years of their lives. Healthy habits formed at a young age have a tremendous impact on health outcomes in adulthood, which is why funding for prevention is vitally important. This is especially true in low-income communities and communities of color in which children face an even higher risk of becoming obese than the national average.

By collaborating with local organizations, we hope to make our state healthier and stronger while easing the financial strain on our already overburdened healthcare system. Read more about childhood obesity in this issue brief from Rhode Island Kids Count.

The application cycle for the BlueAngel Community Health Grant program is currently closed.

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