Celebrating stars in our community #AdAstraStrong

Ad Astra Per Aspera is the official state motto for Kansas. “To the stars through difficulty” is a sentiment that has never felt more true than today. It emphasizes our values and optimism that, even when faced with the most difficult hardships, we come together as a state and keep our sights set on what’s important. With tenacity, humbleness and perseverance, we can get through this, together.

As a company rooted in Kansas for nearly 80 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has deep ties to our communities. During these times when many are struggling, we want to showcase those Kansans who are stepping up and making a difference. These are some of the best examples of help, hope and inspiration.

#AdAstraStrong is a campaign we’ve launched to salute our resilient frontline workers and those behind the scenes fighting COVID-19 across Kansas. To shine a light on these stars, we’re asking you to share stories of those you know who are making a difference.

In addition to asking each of you to use #AdAstraStrong #BCBSKS on your Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter posts when you see someone making a difference, we want to shine a spotlight on some of them during our weekly blog feature.

Do you know a doctor, nurse, EMT or other healthcare worker helping on the frontline during this pandemic? Is there a pharmacist, farmer, small business owner who has shifted their business to benefits their communities in new ways? Do you know a school making 3D printed PPEs, grocery store workers keeping our food supply stocked and delivered, childcare workers, food pantry workers or someone else with an inspiring story who should be featured as a star?

To nominate someone (or yourself) who should be featured, send details with their story, including contact information, to social@bcbsks.com.

We want to share their stories, and will highlight a Kansas star each week.

Featured stars:

May 8: Jen Goetz

May 15: Hess Services, Inc.

May 22: Dr. Jennifer Scott Koontz

May 29: Vortex

June 5: Lisa Smith

June 12: Michelle and Willie Novotny

June 26: Dr. Verlin Janzen, MD, FAAFP

3 Replies to “Celebrating stars in our community #AdAstraStrong”

  1. I am like many home bound I have been cleaning closets and such. I zigged when I should have zagged. Pulled a muscle in my back. Put in call to my doctor Dr. MATTHEW JOHNSON. I was called back asking for doctor to do telehealth appointment. Loved not having to worry about doctors office visit. Love my doctor for advancing with times and protecting his patients. We’ve come a long way baby. Who would know telehealth!

    1. Prime on the Nine, a restaurant in Dodge City, is offering free meals to the community three days a week to help offset hardships during these uncertain times.

  2. Sherri Dean E.R. RN. Volunteered, and is currently fighting the pandemic on the front lines in NYC. Sherri and her husband Mike are lifetime residents of Clearwater, Kansas. We all pray for her safe return. Everyone at Au’ Dean’s Sports Bar and grill, here in Conway Springs, Kansas, would like to give Sherri Dean a shout out with 200 thumbs up!

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