José Maciel and Antonio Renteria with fellow interns at a Blue Crew volunteer event at MANNA.
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) values opportunities to highlight the work of its partners who take an active role in addressing the health needs of underserved communities. A special feature profiling the Foundation and several community leaders supported by the Foundation appeared in AL DÍA on December 10.
The feature — AL DÍA Professional — includes stories about the following individuals and organizations working to improve the health and wellbeing of our Latinx communities:
- Esperanza Health Center – funded by the Foundation’s Blue Safety Net grant program, Esperanza provides access to comprehensive primary care and social services for the Spanish-speaking community in North Philadelphia.
- Jose Maciel and Antonio Renteria – two former Foundation nurse interns and graduates of the University of Pennsylvania who co-founded Cultivando Juntos, a program aimed toward helping Latino farm workers improve their health habits.
- Ramon Cruz and Luis Soto – community advocates for recovery and participants in Someone You Know®, the Foundation’s public health awareness campaign to reduce the stigma of opioid addiction.
- Latino Connection – a new Foundation grantee who launched CATE — Community-Accessible testing & Education — Pennsylvania’s first mobile RV providing free COVID-19 testing to minority and under-resourced communities throughout the state.