Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM), a strong supporter of collaborations to address health care needs in New Mexico, implemented the Care Van program in January 2006, providing a mobile health clinic that travels statewide to help improve health outcomes for all New Mexicans. In 2018, BCBSNM unveiled a second Care Van to assist organizations in bringing medical services and screenings to even more children and adults across the state.
The Care Van initiative is a community partnership program. BCBSNM provides the program at no cost to support the outreach efforts of partnering organizations. BCBSNM staffs the program with coordinators who oversee the schedule, drive the van to service sites, and provide basic logistical support. Many organizations have used a Care Van to improve outreach to underserved rural communities throughout the state. The Care Van program has worked with New Mexico Department of Health, the University of New Mexico, Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach, and others. The services provided in the Care Vans aim to reduce long-term health care costs for New Mexicans.