Blue Cross and Blue Shield opening neighborhood center in Chicago's Pullman community

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is breaking ground on a neighborhood center in Chicago's historic Pullman community. Called the Blue Door Neighborhood Center, it will be BCBSIL's first-ever neighborhood-based site, offering Chicagoans the opportunity to access in-person services aimed at helping them improve their health.

"We believe that health care is local. By working in partnership with residents in the Pullman and Roseland community, our collective efforts can directly impact its overall health," said Maurice Smith, BCBSIL president. "We plan to offer education and wellness courses, access to support services and help our members make the best use of their benefits."

The BCBSIL center will occupy 3,700 square feet of space in the 111th Street Gateway Retail Center, which already houses a Potbelly Sandwich shop and Star Cleaners. The retail center was developed and built by Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI), a nonprofit community development organization which has created more than 1,300 new jobs and more than 200 new units of housing and is involved with the development of the Pullman Community Center.

"We're proud to help bring greater access to health information and services to the people of Pullman," said Ciere Boatright, CNI's vice president of real estate and inclusion. "Thanks to BCBSIL and all our community partners, we're building a stronger, healthier community."

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