As a health organization, Blue Cross sees civic engagement as integral to our mission of improving community health across the state. We’ve been championing civic engagement for nearly 20 years through our CitizenBlue program, and we believe community health is shaped by the strength of the democratic process.
In a participatory democracy, high civic engagement ensures that everyone’s voice is heard and that their basic needs are represented. In fact, research suggests that people who live in communities with strong civic involvement actually have better overall health.
To take it a step further, research also shows that social and environmental conditions can affect up to 60% of our individual health outcomes. That makes politics personal. Our elected officials drive public policy – which has a direct effect on our individual experience of health and well-being.
When more people in a community make their voices heard on Election Day, more of