Florida Blue, the state’s leading health insurer, announced it is more than tripling its COVID-19 community investments to over $7 million. In March, the insurer provided an initial $2 million to organizations across the state to address urgent health and safety needs. Florida Blue will invest an additional $2.5 million to provide access to testing and health care, food security and other essen [...]

For decades, Black people have been less likely to get a flu shot than people from other races. The same has been true for COVID-19 vaccinations. Some of the reasons for Black people not getting vaccinated date back decades, according to Dr. Cynthia Griffin, vice president of Medicare pharmacy programs at Florida Blue. They center on trust issues, misperceptions and fears. Other barrier [...]

A little hope can change lives. It can build trust, excitement and resiliency. It can lead to a healthier future for generations to come. Florida Blue is planting those seeds of hope through Growing Resilient Communities, a philanthropic initiative to break the cycle of generational poverty in five ZIP codes in four cities: Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Presi [...]

As Michael and Heather Daniels made their way down the street to their Deerfield Beach home, they knew they were heading into a life-changing moment. One that was a way to help honor them for their service. Both are heroes in their own right. Michael joined the Marine Corps shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He served two tours in Iraq, including in the initial invasion into [...]

Florida Blue is supporting residents of Surfside and the South Florida community in several ways after last week’s heartbreaking building collapse. “The Surfside community suffered an unimaginable tragedy on [...]

When going to the pharmacy, you may only see the pharmacist as the person behind the counter who fills your prescription. But just as you build a relationship with your doctor, it’s important to do the same with your pharmacist. They are an integral part of your health care team and can offer guidance when it comes to your medications. Getting to know your pharmacist can vastly improve [...]

For two years, Gabrielle Jordan spent every weekend alone. She stayed home. She ordered food instead of going to the grocery store and she didn’t talk to a lot of people. Years after being diagnosed with a genetic condition called Best’s Vitelliform macular dystrophy, she could no longer see well enough to drive or cross the street by herself. She even felt anxious about walking with a [...]

“When the well-being of a person is taken care of, then the well-being of the community is as well,” said Ann-Marie Knight, one of the collaborators on UF Health’s Total Care Clinic Group. The clinic is a recipient of the Florida Blue Foundation’s Sapphire Awards for Health Equity—one of three focus areas identified by the foundation that impact people’s overall health outcomes and qual [...]

Drug and alcohol addiction rarely happen in a vacuum. The afflicted usually have other challenges. They are teens who lack awareness and education. Mothers who don’t have child care. Trauma survivors without counseling. Unemployed people who have no job training. And the recently incarcerated who lack all of the above and more. DACCO has served people struggling with substance abuse sin [...]

Experiencing a traumatic event can affect how you feel about yourself and how you interact with family and friends. But, according to the American Psychiatric Association, more than half of people who have experienced trauma, don’t seek help because of the fear, stigma and prejudice about being treated differently.   That’s one of the reasons for the creation of UCF Restore [...]

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