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IBC Foundation joins faith leaders in support of new community-based vaccination effort

IBC Foundation President Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake and Independence president and CEO Greg Deavens

Event emcee and IBC Foundation President Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake and Independence president and CEO Greg Deavens, who offered opening remarks.

The campaign will address racial disparities in vaccine access

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation joined faith leaders from across the city in support of the All Faiths Vaccination Campaign (AFVC), a new campaign to increase vaccinations among underserved populations throughout Philadelphia.

A partnership of nearly 50 entities and organizations from diverse faith traditions, health care institutions, and the City of Philadelphia launched the AFVC, which will use the power of faith traditions to provide vaccines to at-risk and marginalized populations across Philadelphia. The AFVC also aims to minimize barriers that stop members of the Black and Brown communities from getting vaccinated.

IBC Foundation President and Independence Vice President of Community Affairs Lorina Marshall-Blake served as the master of ceremonies at an outdoor event on May 25 to announce the campaign.

The AFVC is concentrating its vaccination efforts on the Memorial Day holiday through the commemoration of Juneteenth on June 19.

For more information, visit allfaithsvaccinationcampaign.org and #HopeandHealingPhilly on social media.

 

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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