Contributed By: Ellison Clary
Job Title: Director of Charlotte community relations
Company: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC)
Beyond providing quality health insurance coverage for its 3.7 million members, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has a strong commitment to serving the community through a variety of employee volunteer programs, financial support for community-focused partnerships, and separately, the work of the BCBSNC Foundation.
“Improving the health and well-being of our customers and communities is a promise that we put right in our corporate mission statement,” says Kathy Higgins, who serves as the president of the Foundation as well as vice president of Corporate Affairs for BCBSNC. She oversees corporate communications as well as all corporate-based philanthropic initiatives.
Ellison Clary, director of
u GO NC! Also known as Get Outside North Carolina, this program fosters healthy lifestyles by encouraging North Carolinians to get outside and get active through the advancement of
u Charlotte B-cycle. This program supports a network of public-use bicycles for short-distance trips, making biking more convenient and promoting healthy lifestyles.
u Strive to Revive. This program has placed over 235 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) across
u UNC Charlotte Chancellor’s Speaker Series. This series brings to
The BCBSNC Foundation is a separate, independent, nonprofit which has invested almost $100 million in
“On the Foundation side, an area that we are very proud of is our work supporting the NC Association of Free Clinics and the associated local free clinics,” says Higgins. “There are several in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community that are providing services to the underserved and the uninsured. They are doing remarkable work for the people who need and deserve care.”
Company Name: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC)