Building the Future of Community Health

by / Wednesday, 05 July 2017 / Published in Community Health
IBC Foundation 2016 Community Report

As I look back on the accomplishments of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation), I am amazed by the power of what we have been able to accomplish together in five years’. We have emerged as a proven leader — a regional force for health care innovation and a national model for effective corporate philanthropy.

Over the past five years, the IBC Foundation has taken pride in making investments that make a difference — specifically targeting programs with the potential to yield a far-reaching impact. However, our story is about much more than intelligent philanthropic investment.

The IBC Foundation story

At every step of the way, our story has been a story of collaboration. We have joined with leading professional organizations across health care to gather the best ideas. We have provided a forum where these partners can come together and inspire each other. And we have started every new venture by listening.

Our story has also been a story of imagination. Not only have we worked to meet the needs of our communities, but we have also worked to solve problems, spark ideas, and fuel innovation. Many organizations have the means to help improve access to care and quality of care. Few are as well-positioned to catalyze change as the IBC Foundation is — and we’ve dedicated the full force of our energies to doing so.

We are grateful for the support of our board, the work of our partners, our colleagues, and our friends. Thanks to the power of collaboration, we are driving positive community impact to our neighbors.

We are pleased to present our 2016 Community Report: Building the Future of Community Health.

 

Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, MGA, FAAN
Lorina Marshall-Blake is President of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation and Vice President, Community Affairs, Independence Blue Cross. Marshall-Blake helped define the IBC Foundation’s mission of leading solutions for healthier communities when it was launched in 2011. Under Marshall-Blake’s leadership, the $60 million IBC Foundation has established itself as a philanthropic force locally, earning the 2014 Corporate Foundation of the Year award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Philadelphia Chapter. An expert in Philanthropy, Corporate Management, Public Relations and Communications, Marshall-Blake says, “We are meant to serve. We must reach back and give back.” She is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and has been honored for her leadership and community service by numerous organizations such as the NAACP, Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, Philadelphia Tribune, League of Women Voters, Philadelphia Business Journal, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. She also serves as a spokesperson for the local chapter of the American Heart Association.
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