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IBC Foundation president recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a health care innovator

Lorina Marshall-Blake,

Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Foundation president, Lorina Marshall-Blake, accepted the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2018 Healthcare Innovator Award at an event in Philadelphia attended by more than 200 guests. The event honored people and companies who are disrupting the health care and biotechnology industries and solidifying Greater Philadelphia’s reputation as a center for innovation.

In her short remarks, Marshall-Blake spoke about community-based care as the most important innovation in health care in the past decade. There has been a shift to understand patients as people, and that includes access to mental health services and integration with primary care, she said.

Under her leadership, the IBC Foundation has become much more than a funding resource; it is a collaborator, a convener across diverse organizations, and a leader in identifying emerging health and wellness needs across southeastern Pennsylvania.

Marshall-Blake has helped spearhead numerous programs to create sustainable and meaningful change in health care, including the Foundation’s Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention (STOP) initiative — an effort to increase access to effective prevention and treatment for those struggling with opioid use disorder and dependency.


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.

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