We're teaming up and giving our all to build healthier communities.

“Empire BlueCross BlueShield is on a mission to measurably and materially improve the health of all New Yorkers. We have been rooted in New York communities for more than 85 years, which is why we are excited to partner with the Liberty to make a real impact – through education, awareness and community health initiatives – on the health of individuals, families and the various communities in and around New York City.”
— Alan Murray, President of Empire BlueCross BlueShield in New York

Addressing Social Injustice and Supporting Communities

Empire BlueCross BlueShield and the NY Liberty have joined forces to make an impact on people's health in our cities focusing on areas such as food insecurity, mental health, or other disparities and social justice issues. It is our shared goal to address drivers of health and issues that impact our communities, and we'll show how in the months to come.

Learn more about how Empire BlueCross BlueShield is working to improving the health of our communities, with a focus on:

Food Insecurity


Mental Health


Health Disparities


Women's Empowerment and Health


Our Communities


Building Healthy Communities Together

These commitments directly align with Empire BlueCross BlueShield's work to address long-standing racial and health inequities facing communities across the country. With the NY Liberty's partnership, we will make a measurable impact on health challenges in our city.

The Latest News

Empire BlueCross BlueShield and the NY Liberty Celebrate Women's Empowerment Night


June 1, 2022

Empire BlueCross BlueShield and the NY Liberty celebrated an inspiring Women's Empowerment Night on June 1, 2022. To mark the occasion, Deborah Ruggiero, MS, RN, MCHES®, Clinical Programs Manager for Empire joined Moderator Jess Sims and panelists Danielle Du Toit, President, SeatGeek and Keia Clarke, CEO, NY Liberty to discuss experience and share advice around the topic, "Own Your Advocacy." Deborah spoke about health advocacy, and shared a three step process to empower women: Create your healthcare team, prepare and share! On court, #ShineLoudSunday honorees, Laura Brosen RN, MSJ & Ariana Butler-Bass, earned recognition for their commitment to New York's communities.


Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Liberty provide ongoing support to P.S. 398


April 1, 2022

In a city with an abundance of food options, can you believe that some of our New York City neighbors live in food deserts, where access to healthy, affordable food is limited? Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and the New York Liberty understand the importance of a healthy diet, and have teamed up to make sure the PS 398 Walter Weaver School community can regularly access nutritious food. With a new food pantry and monthly fresh produce distributions, we are working to build a healthier community.


The Liberty join Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Heart of America and iHeartMedia Unveil New On-Site Food Pantry at P.S. 398 in Brooklyn


November 9, 2021

With a goal to help address food insecurity in New York City, the partners unveiled a fully functional food pantry at P.S. 398 Walter Weaver Elementary School complete with refrigeration that will allow for the inclusion of fresh produce and perishables.

Empire associate volunteers put the finishing touches on the project prior to a ribbon cutting ceremony that featured leaders from the school, the Liberty and local community. Principal Ariana Butler-Bass stated that "without healthy food, kids can’t learn…this pantry is going to help with that!"

Launched in September, the Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Heart of America, iHeartMedia and Liberty collaboration has already distributed more than 10,000 pounds of food to local students, families and community members. The food pantry will be stocked monthly with an array of healthy, shelf stable items.


Empire BlueCross BlueShield Launches Partnership to Impact Food Insecurity at P.S. 398 Walter Weaver Elementary School


September 2, 2021

National nonprofit Heart of America and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in partnership with iHeartMedia and the Liberty, announced today an effort aimed at serving under-resourced communities in New York City by addressing hunger and food insecurity at P.S. 398 in Brooklyn. As part of Heart of America’s mission to transform educational spaces into modern learning environments, they will lead the construction of an on-site food pantry which will help increase access to fresh and shelf-stable meals for Walter Weaver Elementary students and their families.

Volunteers from Empire and the Liberty kicked off the project today with a food distribution for the students and families, with the Liberty also providing backpacks of school supplies for the students.


New York Liberty UNITY Post-Game Panel Discussion


July 27, 2021

On July 11, Empire BlueCross BlueShield served as the presenting sponsor of the New York Liberty’s fifth annual UNITY Day game, with programming focused on the health disparities and inequities faced by women of color.

In partnership with Empire, the team hosted a postgame panel discussion focused on addressing health disparities faced by Black women. The panel featured Dr. Teresa Yvonne Smith, an emergency physician who has dedicated her training to working in New York City’s urban communities; Diane Nisbet, Business Change Director on Empire’s Medicaid Team, who focuses on strategic initiatives to address health-related social needs for Empire’s most vulnerable members; and Trixie Kloko-Kamps, a certified midwife at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Before the game, community members and fans had the opportunity to sign up for a free mammogram at a local clinic and visit an Empire van on the Barclays Center Plaza to receive health information.


Watch the panel discussion video at liberty.wnba.com.


Empire Teams up with iHeart Media and Heart of America


July 12, 2021

Empire has teamed up with iHeart Media and Heart of America to help schools across the country expand their access to nutritious foods as a way to improve health. By creating customized solutions like learning gardens, food pantries and teaching kitchens, we aim to provide practical, sustainable resources that will help schools in their nutrition efforts.

Heart of America (HOA), founded in 1997, transforms educational spaces into modern learning environments so that students, families, and communities can learn and grow. The organization has led in addressing education inequity across the United States for nearly 25 years by delivering high-quality resources and engaging spaces to underserved students and campuses to reduce the digital divide and close the resource gap. HOA has rebuilt and revitalized more than 700 educational spaces including libraries, technology labs, science labs, health clinics, auditoriums, recreation/community centers, and more.

iHeartMedia, the number one audio company in the United States, joins the collaboration as a national awareness-building partner in Empire's commitment to addressing food insecurity in under-resourced communities.


The New York Liberty and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are joining forces to address health inequities and advocate for women in greater New York communities.


May 13, 2021

As part of the Liberty's multi-year agreement, Empire BlueCross BlueShield will become presenting partner of the New York Liberty's Women's Empowerment platform, Breast Health Awareness platform and National Days of Recognition activations, all of which will have an amplified focus on Brooklyn and greater New York City. Empire and the Liberty will also team up to recognize women throughout New York who are making a positive impact in their communities, through the yearlong #ShineLoudSunday social media campaign.