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Independence Blue Cross Foundation takes Someone You Know opioid public health campaign to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

By July 3, 2019June 26th, 2020News

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) took its Someone You Know public health awareness campaign from Philadelphia to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 27.

Someone You Know ambassadors, (left to right) Malik Williams, Joelle Anderson and Luis Soto with U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-3)

Nearly 20 Someone You Know ambassadors who had been featured in the Someone You Know campaign went to the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer to use storytelling to advance the campaign’s goal of reducing the stigma of addiction. The ambassadors shared their personal experiences with members of the House of Representatives. They spoke about recovery, the loss of a loved one to an opioid overdose, or supporting a loved one’s journey. An interactive mobile exhibit displayed videos of the ambassadors.

Representatives Madeleine Dean (PA-4), Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1), and former PA Governor Thomas Ridge spoke about their personal connections to the opioid crisis. Other attendees included Rep. Dwight Evans  (PA-3), Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-5) and Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6).  The ambassadors also met with U.S. Senators Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey on the Senate steps for a brief chat and photos.

Someone You Know is part  of the Foundation’s Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention (STOP) initiative. Through STOP, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million to regional partners to fight the opioid epidemic. Last October, the Foundation hosted a national conference on the topic in Philadelphia. More than 600 public health leaders attended the event, including U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D.

Someone You Know recently launched a podcast featuring in-depth conversations with the ambassadors and advocates. The podcast has been heard in more than 25 states and 5 countries to date.

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-4) speaks at the Someone You Know event on Capitol Hill. Also pictured are Former PA Gov. Thomas Ridge, U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1), and Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the IBC Foundation.

 

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.

One Comment

  • Luis Ramos Soto says:

    I am so grateful to be part of this movement. I being in recovery for 8 1/2 and I know some people, some people knows me and I has help someone but, since I join the SYK Campaign people have aggravate more to me. I has becoming a more consistent and productive role model. This journey has being a very inspiring one to continue motivating others by sharing my story. Thank you.

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