Courtesy of CareFirst via Twitter
Courtesy of CareFirst via Twitter

As the region’s largest not-for-profit health insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is driven by its mission to expand access to affordable health care services to vulnerable and medically underserved populations throughout the region.

Over the years, CareFirst has worked closely with nonprofit partners to invest in programs that improve health care delivery systems, promote change on broad initiatives, and ultimately progress the long-term health of the communities it serves.

In Washington, D.C., CareFirst is proud to partner with organizations including Breast Care for Washington, Children’s National Hospital, Community of Hope, D.C. Central Kitchen, Food & Friends, Girls on the Run, La Clinica del Pueblo, Latin American Youth Center, Mary’s Center, Metro Health, N Street Village, Safe Shores, Samaritan Inns, Unity Health Care, Washington AIDS Partnership, Whitman Walker Health, and many others.

Through these community partners, CareFirst is investing in areas such as maternal and child health, safety net health centers expanding patient-centered care and behavioral health services.

The company’s ongoing commitment to addressing the region’s health care needs also has contributed to its reputation as a leading corporate philanthropist, consistently ranking among the National Capital Area’s top 10 givers each year.

CareFirst has also gone beyond the scope of its health-related mission to give back to the people of the community, through a partnership with C.W. Harris Elementary School in Ward 7 as part of D.C. Public School’s Adopt-A-School Program. Over the course of a three-year partnership, CareFirst and its employees have supported school beautification, student enrichment and teacher appreciation efforts. Through its contributions of volunteer time and money, CareFirst has helped the school obtain the resources necessary to create a positive learning environment for its students.

In addition to its contributions to the community, CareFirst has adopted a corporate social responsibility philosophy that embraces employee volunteerism, diversity and inclusion practices in the workplace, and conducting business in an ethical and environmentally sustainable manner. The company adheres to the highest standards of conduct, promotes a rich culture of employee engagement in the community, engages in fair procurement and inclusive hiring practices, and strives to improve its environmental footprint.

In 2017, CareFirst employees logged more than 25,000 volunteer hours for organizations throughout the region and served on nearly 250 area nonprofit boards. The company was also named “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign and earlier this year earned the designation of “World’s Most Ethical Company” by the Ethisphere Institute for the sixth consecutive year.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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