Bringing Up Babies

We've helped thousands of at-risk babies get off to a healthy start. Talk about a baby boom.

Bringing up Babies

We Love the Pitter Patter of Thousands of Little Feet

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation has contributed more than $9.8 million to support those efforts in Tennessee to reduce pre-term births and improve the health of children and their mothers.  According to the March of Dimes, in 2007, 718 babies born in Tennessee died before their 1st birthday.  And, infant mortality rates in Hamilton County and Shelby County are comparable to most 3rd world countries.  Infant mortality is an ongoing crisis in Tennessee and the Tennessee Health Foundation has partnered with:

The Blues Project: Blues, Babies and Beyond – $6.2

A University of Tennessee Health Science Center clinic and home based social intervention program

Better Birth Outcomes – $2.5M

  • A Vanderbilt University research based program to improve the gestational age of newborns carried by at-risk women

STORC-Solutions to Obstetrics in Rural Counties - Telemedicine Project – $3.6M

  • A telemedicine technology connecting health care providers to patients in remote areas of Tennessee

No Baby Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign - $50,000

  • Girls Incorporated of Memphis pre-pregnancy peer to peer educational program

IMPACT - Infant Mortality Public Awareness Campaign for Tennessee – $222,000

  • A Girls Incorporated Chattanooga peer-to-peer pre-pregnancy education program