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The Health of America

Jun 3, 2021

Bibb Medical Center in rural Bibb County, Alabama, has figured out a way not only to keep its emergency room open, but to transform itself into a thriving healthcare system. Their success comes at a time when rural hospitals are closing or in trouble across the country. Bibb may be a blueprint for other rural hospitals...


May 19, 2021

In 2009, when infant mortality rates were going down in most places, Baltimore’s infant mortality rate spiked to its highest ever. For white babies, the rate was 3.5 per 1000. For African American babies, 18. Black mothers were dying at higher rates, too. The city needed not just a new program, but a whole new...


Jun 15, 2020

Rising rates of chronic disease before pregnancy mean women are facing more health risks while they’re pregnant and when they deliver. A new initiative led by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is helping women get healthier first and working with hospitals to adopt new safety protocols.

Giving birth has been...


Aug 23, 2019

Overdose survivors come through this busy Newark ER nearly every day, many of them returning patients. Doctors and nurses don’t always have the time or resources to connect patients right away to addiction treatment. Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey saw a window of opportunity in the ER. The health...


Aug 23, 2019

In some rural Tennessee counties, infant mortality rates are as high as they are in many third world countries. Part of the reason: a lack of access to the right healthcare. Rural women facing high risk pregnancies miss out on the specialty care they need to avoid complications. They may lack transportation, money for...