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Independence Blue Cross Foundation celebrates 2022 nurse interns

2022 IBC Foundation nurse interns

2022 Independence Blue Cross Foundation nurse interns.

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) celebrated 12 nurse interns at the company’s headquarters on August 9, showcasing their achievements this summer. The event featured intern research poster presentations, networking opportunities, and a keynote speech by Jennifer A. Frey, PhD, RN, Founding Director and Chair of the Cabrini University Nursing Department and a former Independence Blue Cross Nurse Scholar.

Three nursing students from the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School — David Alvarez-Sanchez, Madison McCullough and Tara Teipel — spoke about their internship experiences, highlighting how working with diverse patient populations broadened their perspectives on their future nursing careers and the importance of access to health care for underserved populations.

Started in 2004 by Independence Blue Cross (Independence), the Nursing Internship Program has helped prepare future nurses to deliver culturally competent care to diverse patients in our community. The program gives undergraduate nursing students exposure to nursing roles in non-traditional health care settings, such as non-profit community health centers.  In these roles, the students gain a deeper understanding of the social and economic barriers individuals face. Alternatively, student can choose to spend their summer working at Independence, learning about the role nurses play in health insurance.

Throughout the program, the interns develop the professional competencies necessary to be the next generation of nurse leaders through six professional development Leadership Labs. These labs addressed topics such as childhood homelessness, implementing gender-affirming care and delivering inclusive care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Over the last decade, the Foundation has awarded nearly $16 million in educational opportunities to advance the next generation of nurses and nurse educators.

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.

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