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Foundation hosts award-winning filmmaker to discuss diversity in nursing

Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake (right) with filmmaker Carolyn Jones

Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake (right) with filmmaker Carolyn Jones

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation funded four seminars hosted by the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. The support was part of the Foundation’s commitment to a culturally competent and diverse nursing workforce.

The final seminar, hosted at Independence LIVE on July 25, featured films by award-winning director Carolyn Jones. Jones’ films, The American Nurse Project and Defining Hope, capture the personal stories of nurses across the country. These films aim to help people better understand the role of nurses in the U.S. health care system and the diversity of the nursing profession. Her films also encourage people to think about nurses in a way they may never have done before. Her upcoming film focuses on the importance of nurses in emergency departments across the country.

The three other seminars addressed unique perspectives on diversity in nursing by leaders in the field. Presenters included Karen Flynn, PhD, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Elias Provencio‑Vasquez, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, Dean, University of Colorado College of Nursing; and Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.


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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