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AL DÍA Professional highlights IBC Foundation partners making an impact in Latinx Communities

By December 17, 2020June 24th, 2022News
José Maciel and Antonio Renteria >with fellow interns at a Blue Crew volunteer event at MANNA.

José Maciel and Antonio Renteria with fellow interns at a Blue Crew volunteer event at MANNA.

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) values opportunities to highlight the work of its partners who take an active role in addressing the health needs of underserved communities. A special feature profiling the Foundation and several community leaders supported by the Foundation appeared in AL DÍA on December 10.

The feature AL DÍA Professional — includes stories about the following individuals and organizations working to improve the health and wellbeing of our Latinx communities:

  • Esperanza Health Center – funded by the Foundation’s Blue Safety Net grant program, Esperanza provides access to comprehensive primary care and social services for the Spanish-speaking community in North Philadelphia.
  • Jose Maciel and Antonio Renteria – two former Foundation nurse interns and graduates of the University of Pennsylvania who co-founded Cultivando Juntos, a program aimed toward helping Latino farm workers improve their health habits.
  • Ramon Cruz and Luis Soto – community advocates for recovery and participants in Someone You Know®, the Foundation’s public health awareness campaign to reduce the stigma of opioid addiction.
  • Latino Connection – a new Foundation grantee who launched CATE — Community-Accessible testing & Education — Pennsylvania’s first mobile RV providing free COVID-19 testing to minority and under-resourced communities throughout the state.


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: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.

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