In 2015, BCBS companies continued investing in America's health throughhundreds of community-based grants, sponsorships, educational programsand health initiatives. BCBS employees themselves reinforced this collectivecommitment with nearly 400,000 volunteer hours and $10 million in personaldonations. Our local investments last year targeted a wide rangeof health-related needs important to individual communities, including severaltopics that are top-of-mind in all communities. Among them were combatingchildhood obesity and diabetes, meeting growing demand for behavioraland mental health services, tackling the devastating opioid abuse epidemic,strengthening school-based health education and filling gaps in care throughsafety-net clinics.
The following pages provide just a sampling of the many ways BCBS companiesare addressing these and other critical issues through hands-on efforts toincrease access to care, improve healthcare quality and affordability and enablehealthier living. That's what the Power of Blue is all about -- advancing theoverall health and well-being of every community in America.