IBC Foundation Awards Grants of Nearly $700,000 to Date in 2012

(Market Watch) Today, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation announced that it has awarded nearly $700,000 in grants to date in 2012. The nine grants targeted two primary areas of focus for the Foundation: caring for the most vulnerable and building healthy communities.

“The IBC Foundation launched in October 2011, builds upon Independence Blue Cross’ seven-decade long and deep social commitment to our community,” said Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the IBC Foundation. “Through our work each day to transform how health care is delivered, build healthier communities, and spur innovation, the Foundation will help create a more viable health system for generations to come. These grants are the most recent example of that work.”

The IBC Foundation focuses on caring for the most vulnerable through the Blue Safety Net program, which provides grants to private, nonprofit health clinics or other entities that deliver quality, cost-effective care to primarily uninsured people in medically underserved areas. Today, the IBC Foundation announced grants totaling $300,000 to four organizations:

        
          --  11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University, to support the
              expansion of award-winning services at this health center serving a
              north Philadelphia community that has the highest percentage in the city
              of unemployment, families living in poverty, and people with diabetes;
          --  Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, to implement a
              "patient-centered medical home" at the PCOM Healthcare Center which
              provides medical and consultative services to families and individuals
              in an underserved, at-risk Philadelphia community;
          --  Project H.O.M.E., to support St. Elizabeth's Community Health Center
              expansion, which includes the transition to a new Wellness Center and
              integration of health and wellness services for the homeless; and
          --  Youth Service, Inc., to help provide comprehensive medical examinations
              and follow-up care to more than 400 runaway youth.

Through its Building Healthy Communities initiative, the IBC Foundation seeks to partner with community leaders and programs to improve the health and wellness of the people of southeastern Pennsylvania. Today, the IBC Foundation announced grants totaling almost $400,000 to five organizations:

        
          --  Philadelphia Allied Health Partnership to develop a financially
              sustainable Allied Health Associates Degree College for minority student
              populations at a Philadelphia high school to help meet the growing
              demand for qualified allied health professionals;
          --  Penn Asian Senior Services Inc., to support a coalition to deliver
              better care to Asian Alzheimer's patients, improve the quality of life
              for caregivers, and reduce health care costs by providing families with
              the tools required to deliver quality care;
          --  Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, to help primary care providers
              enhance the quality of care for older adults with dementia through
              evidence based, patient centered care which involves family and
              community as part of the health care team;
          --  National League For Nursing Inc. (NLN), using the NLN's Advancing Care
              Excellence for Seniors program to build partnerships to improve care to
              older adults; and
          --  Community Health Partners for Sustainability, to support a partnership
              to highlight innovations in nurse-led health clinics/Federally-Qualified
              Health Centers and to promote improving care quality.

Since its launch in October 2011, the IBC Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in Blue Safety Net grants to 34 private, nonprofit community health clinics that provide high quality, cost-effective primary, medical and dental care to 145,000 uninsured and underinsured men, women and children.

In total, the IBC Foundation has supported more than 80 grants in a five-county region surrounding Philadelphia, totaling more than $3.6 million, including $1 million in Nurses for Tomorrow grants to 22 area nursing programs to fund scholarships to strengthen the nursing workforce through education, career development and research.

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation

Launched in October 2011, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation is an independent, private foundation whose mission is to transform health care through innovation in the communities it serves. The IBC Foundation complements and expands upon Independence Blue Cross’s 74-year commitment to improving the health and wellness of the people of southeastern Pennsylvania. The IBC Foundation targets the following areas of impact:

        
          --  Caring for our most vulnerable: Supporting nonprofit health clinics that
              deliver quality, cost-effective primary, medical and dental care to
              uninsured and underinsured people.
          --  Enhancing health care delivery: Strengthening the nursing workforce
              through education, career development and research.
          --  Leading innovative approaches to health care: Supporting new and
              creative solutions that reduce health care spending, improve quality,
              and expand access to care.
          --  Building healthy communities: Partnering with community leaders and
              programs to address community health and wellness needs
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