Where We Began

Championing better health in Arizona since 1939

Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona (BCBSAZ) has stood for the health of its members and customers, the community, and all Arizonans for nearly a century. A locally owned and non-profit company, BCBSAZ goes beyond offering health insurance to improve health in a myriad of ways for all Arizonans.

Making a healthier life more accessible

From the Buckle Up campaign in the ’60s to mobile health screenings in the ’80s, BCBSAZ has invested millions in philanthropic funding to address unmet health needs across Arizona. In recent years, the organization brought awareness to childhood obesity and related health issues with its Walk On! program and addressed food insecurity for Arizonans living in food deserts with Nourishing Arizona.

Mobilizing to transform community health

At the height of the opioid epidemic, BCBSAZ launched Mobilize AZ. This public health initiative tackled opioid and substance use disorder as well as mental health, diabetes, and health equity. 

BCBSAZ has long gone where need is the greatest — like  in supporting Arizonans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mobilize AZ

Mobilize AZ has invested over $15 million in myriad ways for the health of Arizona. The Mobilize AZ grant program, for example, funds local organizations that are working to build and deliver prevention, treatment, and resiliency services.

$5.9M

in grant funding

65

grant projects

85%

of grants address health equity

Diabetes | Mental Health | Overdose Prevention 2019 Mobilize AZ Annual Report

COVID-19 response

In the fight against COVID-19, BCBSAZ rallied over 147,000 volunteer hours and coordinated nearly 15,200 shifts to deliver 491,000 vaccines in three months through state-operated vaccine clinics.

147,000

volunteer hours

15,200

shifts

491,000

vaccines

Read the BCBSAZ COVID-19 Rapid Response Report

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Illuminating the path toward optimal health

The Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona Foundation for Community & Health Advancement is a separate organization. We’re a 501(c)(3) private, non-operating foundation. 

We support applied research that informs real-world solutions, expand boots-on-the-ground efforts through partnership with trusted local organizations, and invest in programs that improve well-being and address health disparities. By joining together, we elevate health and uplift communities.

Together, we can mobilize health in Arizona.

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