Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has announced a collaboration that will provide no-cost access to Health In Her HUE, a digital platform connecting Black women and women of color with culturally sensitive health care providers. Participants will also be able to join Health In Her HUE’s Virtual Care Squad experience, a support group designed by and for Black women and women of color that focuses on relevant health topics.
This effort is part of Blue Cross’ five-year place-based collaboration with the city of Brooklyn Center, one of the most racially diverse cities in Minnesota and the only municipality in the state that is Black led at both the Mayoral and City Manager levels. Blue Cross will fund approximately 200 memberships to Health In Her HUE within Brooklyn Center.
The Health In Her HUE platform is designed to empower Black women and women of color to advocate for themselves in health care settings and connect them with culturally sensitive medical providers. The platform includes a provider directory, which users can search and filter to find providers that meet their unique needs, as well as a content library that features relevant and evidence-based health information curated by Black women and women of color. The Health In Her HUE team is actively working to increase the number of culturally sensitive providers listed in Minnesota.
Eddwina Bright, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Health In Her HUE. explains: “My own lived experience navigating our healthcare system has been a major influence in launching Health In Her HUE. I know what it is like to not feel listened to, understood or cared for in a medical setting. We want to empower Black women to advocate for themselves and help them find a medical provider they can trust.”
Bukata Hayes, Vice President of Racial and Health Equity at Blue Cross, adds: “It’s essential that as a health care company, we recognize the devastating impacts of racism on the health of women of color and Black women in particular. Black women face some of the greatest racial and health inequities in our nation. Health In Her HUE centers culture and community to empower Black women to find a trusted healthcare provider that understands their lived reality.”