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Independence Blue Cross Foundation supports the American Cancer Society and City of Philadelphia “Get Screened Philly” campaign to increase cancer screening rates

Executive Director Heather Major signs the ACS “Get Screened Philly” pledge to improve cancer screening rates.

Executive Director Heather Major signs the ACS “Get Screened Philly” pledge to improve cancer screening rates.

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation) joined the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the City of Philadelphia at a press conference at City Hall on September 29 to announce the Get Screened Philly initiative to increase cancer screenings to pre-pandemic levels. Following the press conference, IBC Foundation Executive Director Heather Major spoke at the corresponding ACS Get Screened Philly Summit, which convened health systems, public health groups, patient advocates, government, and more to share insights and help develop best practices to improve screening rates.

The National Cancer Institute estimates we will see 10,000 more preventable cancer deaths than would be expected if there had not been a pandemic. With the Foundation’s support, ACS is implementing health system interventions with select IBC Foundation funded Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to ensure screening rates reach pre-pandemic numbers or better, with an emphasis on under resourced communities more burdened by cancer.

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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