National Volunteer Month
April is National Volunteer Month, a time in which we celebrate those who generously give their time and talents to help others. Nonprofit organizations, including many Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation) grantees, depend on the work that the volunteers do. For example, Community Volunteers in Medicine relies upon volunteer clinicians to provide services to those who would otherwise be unable to access needed medical care….
If the proverbial saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” bears any truth, hopefully we’ll see some calm, sunny days in the upcoming weeks. And what better way to shake off the winter blues than by getting outside and giving back to our community? Luckily, there are a whole host of community health and wellness programs in Southeastern Pennsylvania that offer you opportunities to get outside and give back….
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The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) hosted 75 nurses for a continuing education session about opioid dependency, presented by Drexel University’s Continuing Nursing Education program. The three-hour session featured a panel discussion with Drexel faculty, the presentation of an opioid dependency case study, and information about the treatment for opioid substance abuse. Eligible nurses received 3.25 hours of continuing education credits….
From left to right, the first cohort of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars, funded by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation: Stephen Perez, RN, MS, NP; Liz Novack, RN, BSN; Faith Atte, RN, MSN. How can health policy decisions affect infectious disease outcomes and patient safety in health systems? How much can nurses improve the overall health of women who have experienced intimate partner violence using a trauma-informed approach to care?…
A resilient muscle that’s seldom at rest, the heart is the most important organ in the body. Endlessly pumping blood and beating 100,000 times daily as we go about our routines, the heart is the ultimate workaholic of the human body. This year, in honor of American Heart Month, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) Healthy Hearts initiative is promoting ways you can show appreciation for your body’s hardest-working organ….
Philadelphia, PA — The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) awarded grants exceeding $5 million in southeastern Pennsylvania during 2016. The grants targeted four primary areas: increasing access to quality, affordable care in medically underserved areas; bolstering the health care workforce; building healthier communities; and addressing health priorities.

Increasing Access to Care

Through the Blue Safety Net program,…
Imagine you’ve just graduated from medical school and are working as a physician in your community. The waiting room in your office is packed with patients, many of whom have complex chronic conditions. Suddenly, a nurse informs you that three patients are presenting with severe stomach pain and require immediate attention. Could one of the cases require a hospital visit?…
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation President Lorina Marshall-Blake accepted an invitation by Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell to serve on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. As a member of the Council, Marshall-Blake will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary and Congress regarding policy matters related to the nurse workforce,…

Practice models featuring enhanced role for registered nurses offer promise toward meeting nation’s urgent need for a transformed primary care system

Philadelphia, PA – Mounting pressures, including more than 50 percent of Americans with a chronic condition and many with multiple illnesses, are rendering the nation’s primary care system inadequate to meet the population’s needs….
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