The Rhode to Health: A Podcast from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Welcome to The Rhode to Health Podcast, a podcast series from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island focused on real Rhode Islanders who are making a difference in the health and wellness of communities across our state. Each episode, we’ll take you inside a health topic that affects Rhode Islanders with the hope of informing and empowering you to navigate the confusing but vitally important role of healthcare in your life. read less

Rhode to LGBTQIA+ Allyship
Jun 23 2023
Rhode to LGBTQIA+ Allyship
June is Pride month. Unfortunately, in social media, the news, and, scariest of all, in places that affect lives, livelihoods and the future of our underrepresented friends and neighbors, anti-LGBTQIA discourse is on the rise. And so now, more than ever, it's time to show up in ways that go beyond rainbow-washing and can help protect the health and wellness of a community that is so ingrained in the fabric of our state. This podcast is dedicated to making us all better allies. Joining us are members of Blue Cross's BluepRIde employee business resource group to discuss the challenges for the LGBTQIA+ community and the best way for allies to be genuinely helpful. Learn more about BCBSRI's Employee Business Resource Groups.For the past eight years, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has been working with healthcare providers to make that ally-ship measurable and visible through our Safe Zones program. Scott Gowrie, Safe Zone program lead, joins the latest cohort of providers to become Safe Zone certified as they reflect on what it means to create a safe space to seek medical care. Learn more about the Safe Zone program.And finally, we are joined by Elise Strom,  Jason Preciphs and Jodi Glass from Aldersbridge Communities. This organization has been providing services to older adults throughout Rhode Island ranging from long-term care to skilled nursing to independent and assisted living services for more than 50 years. They discuss their newest community, which is conceived to be LGBTQ friendly from the ground up, and  why the intersection of this population, aging and housing vulnerability make for an opportunity for ally-ship of the highest order. Learn about Aldersbridge Communities.You can find music and more information about the Candace Brooks Band at healthy. Be well. And keep your eyes on the Rhode.