Promoting Safe Environments
Working to provide safe and nurturing environments for families
Many factors affect the health of individuals and communities, including our city or town, the condition of our natural environment, genetics, our income and education level, and even our relationships.
And while we can’t solve every problem, we’re supporting programs that create safe social and physical environments for the people in our communities. Through our Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative, HCSC supports a wide range of programs that meet the needs of local communities.
For example, we work with organizations that address mental illness around Montana where the teen suicide rate is among the highest in the country. In Illinois, we collaborate with nonprofits that deliver violence prevention and trauma treatment programs for at-risk youth. And in New Mexico, we’ve established local partnerships to support displaced and homeless families.
Creating safe, stable and nurturing environments is critical to long-term health and well-being in our communities. Some of our community partners helping us tackle this challenge include:
Mikva Challenge’s Chicago Youth Health Activism Initiative, UCAN’s North Lawndale Violence Prevention and Trauma Treatment Project, and the Youth Guidance Becoming A Man and Working on Womanhood programs, all of which strive to change the trajectories of young men and women exposed to violence and dangerous behavior.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies – The Montana Coalition, which supports new mothers and babies, and Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation, which helps reduce youth suicides through a targeted education and awareness campaign.
Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico, which provides free support groups for children, and St. Martin’s Hospitality Center’s HopeFound program, which rapidly re-houses families with children experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque.
A Chance to Change Foundation’s Chance to Succeed program, which provides substance use prevention, early intervention and education for middle and high school students, staff and parents.
Texas Casa, a program that recruits and trains volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children.
We’re supporting programs that create safe social and physical environments for the people in our communities.
Addressing the Opioid Crisis
On average, 115 people die from an opioid overdose each day in the United States*, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these deaths involve prescription opioids, and more than 1,000 people each day are treated in emergency rooms for misusing these drugs.
At HCSC, we are taking our role in addressing this crisis seriously. We believe our greatest impact will come from helping individuals with the proper use and disposal of prescription opioid medication. We do this by building on the relationships we already have with our care providers, pharmacists and communities.
We actively promote National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in our communities twice a year — part of a nationwide effort sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Safe medication disposal is one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidently used or intentionally misused by someone else.
To ensure access for people to safely dispose unwanted medication, we are partnering with Walgreens to expand the existing Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Program. This partnership will increase the number of drug take back kiosks at Walgreens stores in Illinois in 2018, making the disposal of unwanted medications more convenient and accessible for our members.
Learn what HCSC is doing to combat the opioid crisis.
*Understanding the Epidemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2017