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Blue KC Unveils Spira Care Mural

By Blue KC | Jun 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC), our pride for Kansas City runs deep. And, our commitment to the health of our community is why we’ve brought Spira Care to the Crossroads, to offer a new, personalized healthcare experience. Blue KC’s passion for Kansas City was the inspiration for the mural…

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Join Blue KC at the Farmers’ Market

By Blue KC | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

While there has been an increased focus on addressing the social determinants of health from the healthcare industry over the last few years, there is still a significant amount of work to be done in this space. The social determinants of health, at their core, are factors that impact a person’s health that are often…

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May 2019 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Alexandra Paulson

By Blue KC | May 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

On Sunday, May 5, Blue Valley School District special education teacher Alexandra Paulson was honored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and Sporting Kansas City as the Blue KC Sporting Samaritan for May 2019. “Alex Paulson is making a tremendous impact in the lives of her students,” said Christina Lively,…

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April 2019 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Dr. Dustin Springer

By Blue KC | Apr 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

At Sporting Kansas City’s home match on Sunday, Merriam Park Elementary School Instructional Coach Dr. Dustin Springer was honored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and Sporting KC as the April Blue KC Sporting Samaritan. “Dr. Springer is making an incredible impact at Merriam Park Elementary,” said Christina Lively, Department…

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March 2019 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Cynthia Gerdes

By Blue KC | Apr 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Throughout her time as a school counselor at Raytown Middle School, Cynthia Gerdes has been an advocate for her students. She contacts parents on a regular basis, keeping the communication lines open between home and school. She informs parents of issues involving their children. She celebrates their successes. She motivates kids to see the value…

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Blue KC Celebrates International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

By Blue KC | Mar 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Recognized annually on March 8, International Women’s Day is a global initiative that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. To recognize the importance of this day, we spoke with Jenny Housley, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and Qiana Thomason, Vice President of Community Health, to discuss their career journeys,…

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Health Outcomes in Kansas City: A Focus on the Social Determinants of Health

By Blue KC | Feb 25, 2019 | 3 Comments

As individuals, when we think of someone’s ZIP code, education level or income, we think of census data or maybe demographics, not factors of their life expectancy. We correlate our health to medical care and genetics. The truth is, both of these only account for 20 percent of our health outcomes. Eighty percent are socioeconomic…

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Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion 2018-19 Recap

By Blue KC | Feb 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

This season, Blue KC recognized 12 members of the Kansas City community as Chiefs Kingdom Champions, an honor that spotlights individuals that make our community a better place to live, work and play. Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champions are selected from nominations submitted by Kansas City Chiefs fans and are recognized at Arrowhead Stadium during…

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Working Together to Fight Rural Hunger

By Blue KC | Feb 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Last summer marked the beginning of Well Stocked, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City’s (Blue KC) signature community impact program dedicated to increasing access to nutritious food in underserved areas of Kansas City. The launch of Well Stocked represented a new chapter in Blue KC’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of our…

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Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion: Deborah Wiebrecht

By Blue KC | Feb 6, 2019 | 1 Comment

For the Chiefs January 20, 2019, playoff game against the New England Patriots, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and the Chiefs selected Deborah Wiebrecht, Executive Director of Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City as the Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion. Prior to kickoff, Wiebrecht received on-field recognition and conducted…

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