Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) is proud to announce its sponsorship of 20 statewide health agencies under the Combined Health Agencies Drive’s (CHAD) umbrella. This sponsorship supports nonprofit organizations throughout the state to serve Nebraskans dealing with a broad spectrum of health issues.   

CHAD is a local, donor designation-driven organization that has been the fundraising arm for Nebraska’s premier health agencies since 1972. Through its Health of Nebraska sponsorship, BCBSNE supports programs that address social determinants of health and a variety of health diagnoses, alongside CHAD.  

“Our goal as a company is to be a champion for the health and well-being of our members, the communities we serve and all of Nebraska,” said Jeff Russell, BCBSNE’s president and CEO. “Our CHAD partnership is part of our pledge to make a positive difference in our state and help all our citizens thrive.” 

BCBSNE’s 2023-2024 sponsorship will support the following CHAD member agencies: the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Nebraska; ALS Association; American Lung Association; Arthritis Foundation; Autism Action Partnership; Brain Injury Alliance – Nebraska; Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation; Epilepsy Foundation – Nebraska; Heart Heroes; National Hemophilia Foundation – Nebraska Chapter; JDRF Nebraska; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Nebraska AIDS Project; Nebraska Health Care Foundation; Nebraska Hospice & Palliative Care Association; Nebraska Kidney Association; Susan G. Komen; Team Jack Foundation; and United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska.  

This partnership will directly benefit the missions of each of the 20 agencies as part of BCBSNE’s continued effort to improve the health and well-being of people across Nebraska. 

“We’re proud of the partnership we have with CHAD and are excited to back the organizations our community and members rely on most,” said Jay Warren-Teamer, director of diversity and inclusion at BCBSNE.  

BCBSNE’s Health of Nebraska sponsorship was first awarded to CHAD in 2020. Since then, the annual sponsorship has impacted thousands of lives across Nebraska each year.  

“We’re thrilled to once again partner with BCBSNE,” said Michelle Grossman, president and CEO of CHAD. “BCBSNE’s sponsorship will allow us to fund the essential care and resources our member agencies provide to the families and individuals living with chronic conditions in Nebraska.” 

Nearly 10,000 Nebraskans were directly impacted through BCBSNE’s 2022-2023 CHAD sponsorship. The annual funding helped create or expand programming for seven agencies; supported signature events for 11 agencies, which raised a combined $1.4 million for critical programming, resources and medical research; and awarded funding to four agencies’ respective missions and general expenses.  

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