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Independence Blue Cross Foundation announces nearly $1.6 million in grants

Grants will help support local nurses, address regional health challenges, and assist those fighting opioid use disorder  

Philadelphia, PA — August 6, 2019 The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) announced nearly $1.6 million in funding to support three programs: Nurses for Tomorrow, Supporting Treatment and Opioid Prevention (STOP) Initiative, and Community Innovation.

Nurses for Tomorrow

Twenty nursing schools will receive nearly $1.2 million in scholarship funding for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing students. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $10 million in nursing scholarship grants.

The Foundation also invested more than $120,000 to support its Nursing Internship program. This year, there are 25 nurse interns. Twenty are working at community health centers supported by the Foundation’s Blue Safety Net program. Five are working at Independence Blue Cross. Independence Blue Cross and its Foundation have supported nearly 300 nursing interns since 2011. The Foundation has also partnered with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to provide interns with leadership learning opportunities about innovation and health policy.

Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention (STOP)

The Foundation has committed nearly $170,000 in four grants through the STOP Initiative. STOP brings together community health providers and resources to increase access to effective prevention and treatment options for those struggling with opioid use disorder. The grants will support the following organizations:

  • Center for Grieving Children: to expand support services for youth grieving the death of a loved one to an opioid overdose;
  • David’s New Day: to help with post treatment services for individuals in substance use recovery;
  • Libertae, Inc: to support therapies and relapse prevention;
  • West Philadelphia Community Mental Health Consortium: to address gaps between primary care and behavioral health.

Community Innovation Grants

The Foundation will provide $90,500 in four grants to support pilot projects that pursue innovative approaches to health challenges in the community. Projects must approach a community need in a new way and secure matching funding.

  • Associated Services for the Blind: funding will support programming to engage participants in physical activities, nutrition education, and mindfulness meditation in partnership with the Pennsylvania Ballet and Jefferson College of Pharmacy;
  • Drexel University: funding will support the “Good Life’ model, a new approach to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their care givers;
  • Simon’s Fund: funding supports the CPR Jukebox, which will be brought to events, such as concerts and festivals, to promote hands-only CPR training with selected music.
  • Valley Youth House: funding will support The SAFETYNET work to expand services to address health and wellness needs of people ages 18-24 who are experiencing housing and food insecurities or homelessness.

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation: 

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is a charitable, private foundation, whose mission is leading solutions for a healthier community. The Foundation targets the following areas of impact:

  • Securing the Blue Safety Net: Improving access to quality, affordable health care in medically underserved areas.
  • Bolstering the Health Care Workforce: Advancing the nursing workforce through education and professional development.
  • Addressing Health Priorities: Finding local solutions to national health issues through research and cross-sector partnerships. Currently focusing on the opioid epidemic through the Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention (STOP) initiative.
  • Community Innovation: Supporting pilot projects that pursue new approaches to existing health-focused challenges in the community.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on Twitter at @ibxfdn.

Media Contact:

Ruth Stoolman
Independence Blue Cross
215-241-4807 (office)
215-667-9537 (cell)


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.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.