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CATE, Pennsylvania’s first mobile COVID-19 vaccine unit, visits Pottstown Middle School

Independence Blue Cross Foundation President Lorina Marshall-Blake and officials from CATE

Pictured left to right: Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the IBC Foundation, Jean Cubilette, Project Manager of CATE and Christina Miller, Montgomery County Office of Public Health

CATE is supported by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation

CATE (Community-Accessible Testing & Education), Pennsylvania’s first mobile COVID-19 testing and education unit, traveled to Pottstown Middle School to provide free vaccinations to individuals 12 years of age and older on October 28.  CATE was launched through a collaboration with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation), Latino Connection, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Montgomery County Office of Public Health. To date, CATE has vaccinated more than 9,000 individuals and provided over 5,200 COVID-19 tests.

The Foundation has served as a leader in promoting equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations by working with regional nonprofits to reach neighbors in under-resourced communities. The Foundation awarded more than $1 million in charitable grants toward the effort so far this year, including a collaboration with the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation to immunize teachers and other personnel at all City schools.

Those interested in receiving a vaccination from CATE can learn more at or on Facebook at


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.