Chronic Health Conditions

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Working to reduce the impact of chronic health issues in Arizona

Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. They are also key contributors to the nation's $3.8 trillion in annual health care costs.

While there is no fast or easy solution, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Foundation for Community & Health Advancement is taking action, first by tackling diabetes. One in nine Arizonans — over 600,000 — has diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in our state.

We’re also partnering with organizations throughout Arizona to reduce the burden of other chronic health conditions including heart disease and stroke, cancer, lung disease, and others.

Together, we are supporting a healthier Arizona by expanding access to screenings, medication and medical care, and lifestyle management.

CDC: About Chronic Diseases
Arizona Department of Health Services
Diabetes in Arizona: The 2018 Burden Report

Featured grant projects

These grant stories showcase the impact made possible through funding that supports programs and applied research. The Foundation will continue to support change making projects like these.


Hands-on support and personalized learning decrease the impact of type 2 diabetes on kids and their families.

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Access to nutritious food and education helps improve the health of Native American patients with diabetes.

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Together, we can mobilize health in Arizona.

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