BlueAngel Community Health Grants

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island aims to improve the quality of life of our customers and all Rhode Islanders by improving their health. The BlueAngel Community Health Grant program helps us further our vision by addressing and funding critical health issues in Rhode Island every year.

We partner with community-based agencies that share our goal of improving Rhode Islanders’ health, particularly in underserved communities. By collaborating with local organizations, our goal is to help make our state healthier and stronger while easing the financial strain on our already overburdened healthcare system. This funding program is a key part of our community investment efforts, and we are proud of the organizations we have partnered with and the results we have collectively achieved over the past 16 years.

The 2019 application cycle is now closed.

2019 BlueAngel Grant Recipients

Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence
Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence will offer “Family, Food and Fun!” cooking classes and nutrition education for families (adults and kids working together) at the South Side branch. Under the guidance of chef/nutrition educators, adults and children will create weekly healthy recipes, both for class and at home.
Children’s Friend
Children’s Friend
Children’s Friend provides services to vulnerable children and families to improve the well-being and health of Rhode Island’s youth. With BlueAngel Community Health Grant funding, Children’s Friend will integrate healthy eating education into their Head Start curriculum at 12 sites through on-site gardens, cooking classes, and monthly nutrition classes to improve the health of over 1,500 children.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (MLKCC) will expand its current wellness programs for up to 1,970 children and their families. They will bring a cooking and nutrition educator into their preschool, after-school, and summer programs. They will continue to offer family dinners for families of children in their childcare programs, support families through their food pantry, and fund access to MLKCC’s dietitian and case management for their clients. MLKCC also plans to increase the number of parents participating in twice-weekly LiveFit nutrition classes.
Farm Fresh RI
Farm Fresh RI
Farm Fresh RI will continue its farmers market-based education program. “Healthy Foods, Healthy Families” delivers interactive food and nutrition workshops at farmers markets for 400 families that receive federal food assistance. Provided in English and Spanish, the program empowers parents and children with the tools to shop for affordable, seasonal foods and prepare them in healthy, kid-friendly ways.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) invests in local neighborhoods through programs that expand affordable housing, increase access to education, and support child care initiatives. LISC Rhode Island piloted its Outdoor Play Intervention project through their Rhode Island Child Care Facilities Fund (RICCFF) in 2017. This grant will allow LISC to physically transform a minimum of six play spaces through low-cost, sustainable interventions that will increase safety and movement in the play space.
Rhode Island Community Food Bank
Rhode Island Community Food Bank
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank will provide nutrition education to under-served populations about the importance of good nutrition, physical activity, and healthy weights for children and families. Throughout 2019, the Food Bank will conduct eight Healthy Habits six-week class series. Classes will be split between those offered to children at Food Bank after-school programs and those held at Food Bank food pantries for adults with children.
South County Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds
South County Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds
South County’s Health Equity Zone will expand Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds’ “5-2-1-0 Childhood Obesity Prevention Program” in Washington County. 5-2-1-0 is a multi-setting, community-wide prevention effort that intends to reach more than 6,000 children attending the 37 targeted sites (early learning centers/Head Start and elementary schools).
YMCA of Pawtucket
YMCA of Pawtucket
The YMCA of Pawtucket provides a myriad of services to local children and families, including affordable childcare, aquatics, physical fitness, summer camps, senior programming, "child watch" (sporadic childcare while adults use the fitness center), various children’s and teen clubs, and sports and recreation programs. BlueAngel Community Health Grant funding will be used to enhance the current meal program at the Pawtucket Family YMCA and increase their capacity to serve 250 children nutritious breakfasts, snacks, and dinners each weekday, as well as expand their student intern program.
YWCA Rhode Island
YWCA Rhode Island
YWCA Rhode Island, founded 150 years ago, is a social justice organization and movement providing direct service to, collaborating with, and advocating on behalf of the most structurally disenfranchised people in our society, including low-wage workers, the unemployed, women and girls, and people of color. With BlueAngel Community Health Grant funding, YMCA will implement RunJumpThrow (RJT), a 6-week summer physical literacy program for a minimum of 30 girls of color ages 7-12 based on learning and mastering the three core skills running, jumping, and throwing, complemented by healthy living sessions.