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IBC Foundation convenes regional health centers in preparation for National Health Center Week

Left to right: JLy, Senior IBC Foundation Program Specialist; Kate Mastalski, Senior Manager, Cancer Support Strategic Partnerships, American Cancer Society; Sara Lomax-Reese, President and CEO, WURD; Lorina Marshall-Blake, president IBC Foundation; Evelyn González, Senior Director, Community, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Heather Major, Executive Director, IBC Foundation

In advance of National Health Center Week (August 7-13), the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) hosted its annual Blue Safety Net Partner Meeting, bringing together diverse leadership from health centers and mobile clinics across southeastern Pennsylvania.

This year’s meeting included a robust panel discussion about racial disparities as it relates to cancer screenings, especially among minority populations where there has been a significant decline in screenings post-pandemic. Participants included Kate Mastalski, Senior Manager, Cancer Support Strategic Partnerships, American Cancer Society; Sara Lomax-Reese, President and CEO, WURD; and Evelyn González, Senior Director, Community, Fox Chase Cancer Center. 

Since 2011, the Foundation’s signature Blue Safety Net program has awarded more than $30 million to community health centers that  provide free and affordable care to diverse communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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: ibxfoundation.org. Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.