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IBX Foundation welcomes Pennsylvania DHS Secretary Arkoosh at annual health center meeting

Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Dr. Valerie Arkoosh at the Health Center meeting.

Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Dr. Valerie Arkoosh at the Health Center meeting.

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBX Foundation) convened more than 40 leaders of community health centers for its annual Health Center meeting on July 17 to discuss critical health care access issues, including changes to Medicaid and CHIP renewal requirements.

This year’s featured guest, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Human Services (DHS) Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, discussed efforts to support Pennsylvanians through Medicaid redetermination and welcomed ideas and feedback. “It’s critically important that we’re able to partner because you are the trusted resources,” said Secretary Arkoosh. “The relationship we can build together will make this a success.”

Other speakers included:

  • Susan Renz, PhD, DNP, GNP-BC, of the Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program discussed workforce opportunities as well as continuing education opportunities.
  • Matthew Goldshore, MD, PhD, MPH and Carrie Morales, MD from the Center for Surgical Health discussed first of its kind model to improve equity in surgical care for marginalized populations.
  • Rachel M. Werner, M.D., Ph.D., and Paula Chatterjee, M.D., MPH, of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics discussed studying value-based care and the community health center model.

Pictured left to right: Stephen Fera, EVP, Public Affairs and Government Markets, Charisse Lillie, Board Chair, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Sec. Arkoosh, Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Gregory Deavens, president and CEO, Independence Blue Cross Foundation

Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBC 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 IBC Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBC 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.

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