Street Beats: Empowering Homeless Youth Through Music

In March, Covenant House Pennsylvania launched an innovative new program to help homeless youth gain confidence, develop critical life skills, and express their creativity in a supportive environment.

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National Volunteer Month: A volunteer shares her story

Nonprofit organizations, including many Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation) grantees, depend on the work that the volunteers do.

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IBC Foundation Celebrates Five Years of Promises Made, Promises Kept

We are proud to recognize the first five years of the Foundation’s promise to our community through our bold initiatives, with our partners, and for the people we serve.

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The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) recognizes National Health Center Week (August 13-19), which celebrates more than 9,000 community health centers serving more than 25 million Americans across all 50 states. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $15 million through its Blue Safety Net program in over 40 community health centers serving approximately 200,000 individuals annually across southeastern Pennsylvania….
Since 2011, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) has awarded nearly 130 grants to nonprofit agencies through its Building Heathier Communities program. These agencies are committed to providing direct service and support to address the health and wellness needs of specific populations including homeless, youth, minority groups, veterans, women, and incarcerated individuals. We are proud to award grants to many worthy agencies,…
For those of us with health insurance, it can be difficult to imagine our health care without it. We aren’t familiar with the overwhelming stress of finding timely care and then paying out of pocket. Think of it this way: If you didn’t have the resources to pay for food, housing, transportation, and health care, which of these would you choose to go without?…
Combatting food deserts in Philadelphia
Vetri Community Partnership’s Mobile Teaching Kitchen is one IBC Foundation partner that works to reduce the number of food deserts in our region. When you go food shopping, you most likely have a wide range of options to choose from. Not only in which retailer you choose — organic grocery store, famer’s market, local grocery chain — but also in the kinds of food you select to take home — fresh,…
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) announced nearly $1.7 million in funding to support its Building Healthier Communities and Bolstering the Health Care Workforce programs. The grants are aimed at supporting nursing education and improving the health and wellness of more than 10,000 residents across southeastern Pennsylvania, including seniors, children, and diverse underserved populations. Twenty-one nursing schools are the recipients of Nurses for Tomorrow grants,…
IBC Foundation 2016 Community Report
As I look back on the accomplishments of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation), I am amazed by the power of what we have been able to accomplish together in five years’. We have emerged as a proven leader — a regional force for health care innovation and a national model for effective corporate philanthropy….
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Philadelphia opioid epidemic
I can’t read or watch anything these days without seeing something about the opioid epidemic. The statistics are staggering, and the loss in our communities is plain to see. If I had to guess, I would say that each of us can think of someone affected by this crisis. We have a responsibility to the community and other stakeholders to come together to figure this out….
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Activities include Hands-only CPR training and an AED scavenger hunt The Independence Blue Cross Foundation partnered with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia during National CPR Awareness week June 1-7 to help increase public awareness about how to react during a sudden cardiac arrest. The Foundation’s support included a family-focused community event with a variety of fun and health related activities….
Independence Blue Cross President & CEO Daniel Hilferty announces new Foundation partnership to examine “warm-handoff” protocols and effectiveness Philadelphia, PA — May 23, 2017 — The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) today hosted a forum on the state’s opioid epidemic that brought together Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and regional health care leaders to raise awareness about this public health issue and address the growing problem….
On May 15, Independence Blue Cross president and CEO Daniel J. Hilferty hosted more than 200 Independence Blue Cross Foundation supporters at the 26th annual Golf Classic. The sell-out event at the Philadelphia Country Club is the singular fund raising activity for the Foundation, raising more than $100,000 to support the Foundation’s mission.    …
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