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IBC Foundation hosts Caron nursing workshops for substance abuse

A photo of Dr. Michael McCormick of Caron Treatment Centers, Lorina Marshall-Blake of the IBC Foundation,  Sean Lavelle of Caron Treatment Centers, and Heather Major of the BC Foundation programs.

From left to right: Dr. Michael McCormick, staff physician, Caron Treatment Centers, Lorina Marshall-Blake, president, IBC Foundation,  Sean Lavelle, regional vice president for Caron Treatment Centers, and Heather Major, manager IBC Foundation programs.

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation hosted two Caron Treatment Centers workshops on February 8 and February 28 to train nurses and health care professionals on Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). SBIRT is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, misuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. SBIRT trainings in schools and health care settings can increase screenings for substance use disorder as an early intervention strategy.

The SBIRT trainings were offered through funding from an IBC Foundation grant to Caron Treatment Centers. The grant provides for SBIRT training for health and school professionals, and educational programming for parents and students.

Training was provided to nearly 200 school nurses, school professionals, and health care professionals working in local health clinics and area nursing schools. Continuing education units were made available for registered nurses.


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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