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To celebrate National Health Center Week, Independence Blue Cross Foundation screens new documentary about a Blue Safety Net clinic

By August 10, 2016September 22nd, 2016News

‘Clínica de Migrantes’ follows the patients and workers at Puentes de Salud in South Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA – August 9, 2016 –The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) celebrated National Health Center Week with a private screening of an award-winning new film Clínica de Migrantes: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The documentary follows the workers and patients of Puentes de Salud, a volunteer-run clinic that provides free medical care to undocumented immigrants in South Philadelphia.

Through its Blue Safety Net and Nursing Internship Programs, the Foundation has a strong partnership with Puentes de Salud. Since 2011, The Foundation has awarded nearly $13 million through the Blue Safety Net program to nonprofit community health centers that provide access to quality, affordable health care in underserved communities.

Along with revealing these patients’ experiences, the film puts a face on the millions of people existing on the margins of society, and offers a look at the heroic doctors and nurses who work tirelessly to ensure these patients receive care.

Following the screening, the Foundation hosted a discussion with the film’s director Maxim Pozdorovkin and the Executive Director of Puentes de Salud, Dr. Steve Larson.

For more information about the IBC Foundation Blue Safety Net program, visit Independence Blue Cross Foundation.

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation:
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is a charitable, private foundation, whose mission is leading solutions for a healthier community. The Foundation targets the following areas of impact:

  • Securing the Blue Safety Net:Achieving sustainability of the regional safety net by building capacity in health centers.
  • Bolstering the Health Care Workforce:Advancing the education and professional development of nurses and nurse leaders.
  • Addressing Health Priorities:Addressing national health trends locally through community-driven research.
  • Building Healthy Communities:Driving wellness by targeting specific and diverse community health needs.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on Twitter and Instagram at @ibxfdn.

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Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBX Foundation’s grant programs and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Institute for Health Equity are advancing three areas of impact: Access to Care, the Healthcare Workforce, and Health Equity. Since inception the IBX Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBX Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to support nonprofits and research improving the health and well-being of communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.