What We Do

Championing better health in Arizona since 1939

Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona (AZ Blue) has stood for the health of its members and customers, the community, and all Arizonans for nearly a century. Inspired by AZ Blue’s philanthropic legacy, the Foundation works in service of all Arizonans, joining like-minded community partners to tackle our state’s toughest health challenges to make a real difference in people’s lives.

A Foundation inspired by a legacy of philanthropy

From the Buckle Up campaign in the ’60s to mobile health screenings in the ’80s, AZ Blue 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.

Paving the way to a stigma-free Arizona

Empowering Arizonans to speak freely about behavioral health concerns is at the heart of the #StigmaFreeAZ campaign. By reducing stigma and removing barriers to care, more Arizonans can get the help they need.


of those with mental health
issues don’t seek help


of them list stigma as
the primary reason

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Community Collective

The Foundation’s Community Collective is the place where changemakers come together to share insights and actionable ideas for creating a healthier Arizona. Every quarter, we host a free webinar on a topic that aligns with our health focus areas. Join us!

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Investing in health working in community

Where innovation and collaboration meet comes the ability to influence change and improve lives. Through funding for programs and applied research, the Foundation joins forces to pilot new ideas and co-create solutions that meet the evolving needs of our state.


in 2022 funding


grant projects


counties served

2022 Foundation Community Impact Report | Meet Our Grantees

Mobilize AZ

BCBSAZ charted a new path in response to the opioid epidemic and the rise in substance use disorder, mental health challenges, and diabetes. From 2018 through 2022, Mobilize AZ joined forces with organizations statewide to bridge service gaps, increase access, and promote health equity.

Read about the collective impact made over the life of our public health initiative.

The path toward a more vibrant Arizona

Meeting the complex and evolving health needs of our state demands fresh approaches and the collective effort of many.

The Foundation—a 501(c)(3) private, non-operating foundation—invests in programs that increase well-being and address health disparities and supports applied research that informs real-world solutions.

Alongside organizations statewide, the Foundation works to make a measurable difference for more people and inspire a healthier Arizona.

Together, we can mobilize health in Arizona.

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