Explore the Issues
We invite you to delve deeper into these topics. In this section you'll find many useful articles, reports, web sites and presentations. Knowledge is a tool for change. By sharing what we've learned and providing access to other key findings, our hope is that this area will help you in your efforts to help people and communities be healthier. Recognizing that there are many factors that contribute to good health, the two primary areas included in this section represent the focus areas of the Blue Cross Foundation: social determinants of health and health care competence through our work with community health workers.
Social Determinants of Health
Social, economic and environmental factors influence opportunities, exposures, decisions and behaviors that promote or threaten health
Health Care Cultural Competence
Community health workers serve as a bridge between specific cultural groups and the health care systems