Blue Cross Blue Shield is helping a Southwestern state tackle a health and medical epidemic. This is in regards to diabetes with a large grant. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of premature death in the Grand Canyon State. Moreover, that is why Blue Cross Blue Shield is granting $400,000 to various organizations within the state. The goal is to reverse this diabetes trend. The main idea and motivating factor is for the grant money to go to move the work forward. It is related to prevention, treatment, and the management of diabetes.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Grant Money
The Senior Manager of Community Health & Advancement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona does also hope the grant money will address what is socially determinantal to health. They are the conditions in the places where people are born, live, work and also play.
Diabetes-Related Services and More
“Moreover, the grant funds can be used for direct project-related expenses. These include staff time to provide diabetes-related services, programs supplies, educational materials,” said Yanow. “In fact, really what we do, in terms of funding, is we look for organizations that are already doing significant work in the community. Thus, they are able to identify the needs of the community members.”
Organizations can request up to $75,000 in funding for proposals. They will improve health outcomes for people living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, or gestational diabetes. Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Complications from diabetes can lead to serious medical conditions including cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, eye damage, foot damage, hearing impairment, skin conditions, stroke, miscarriage and stillbirth, loss of feeling, and pain. Among the U.S. population overall, it has been estimated for 2018: there were 34.2 million people of all ages or 10.5 percent of the U.S. population that had diabetes.