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Independence Blue Cross Foundation celebrates 50 years of public health centers during National Health Center Week

By August 8, 2015September 22nd, 2016News

Dr. Nancy Milio, pioneer of public health, visits Philadelphia to speak with local health center leaders

Philadelphia, PA – August 8, 2015


The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) is marking National Health Center Week by hosting a discussion with Dr. Nancy Milio a 77-year-old retired public health nurse, originator of public health policy, and founder of one of the nation’s first successful clinics. (bio below). The event kicks off a weeklong campaign (August 9-15) to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers, the largest and most successful system of primary health care.

Dr. Milio and the Foundation’s president Lorina Marshall-Blake will discuss strategies for progress in primary care, nurse-led models of care, and policy impacting health centers today. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Antonia M. Villarruel, Margaret Bond Simon Endowed Dean of Nursing at The University of Pennsylvania’ School of Nursing. Leaders from several of the area’s public health centers will attend.

Since 2004, the Foundation has awarded more than $24 million to 50 non-profit, privately funded health centers, making it the largest and longest single source of private charitable corporate grant funding in the regional safety net and across Pennsylvania. To address sustainability of the safety net in southeastern PA, the Foundation will award $9 million in grants from 2015 through 2017 that will enable regional health centers to expand access to primary care and improve the model of care for the medically disenfranchised.


August 5, 1:30 p.m.


Independence Blue Cross Foundation
1901 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Dr. Nancy Millio, pioneer of public health centers
Lorina Marshall Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation
Leaders from area health centers, including Steve Larson, founder of Puentes de Salud,
which serves a growing Latino population in South Philadelphia

Dr. Milio, FAPHA, FAAN, is Professor Emeritus of Nursing and Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her B.S. in Nursing and M.A at Wayne State University while founding the Mom and Tots center in Kercheval, Detroit, which famously was one of the only institutions left standing after the civil unrest in 1965. She holds a PhD from Yale University. Dr. Milio originated the notion of healthy public policy which addresses the effects of all areas of public policy on health and has been adopted internationally, including by the World Health Organization.

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:Achieving sustainability of the regional safety net by building capacity in health centers.
  • Bolstering the Health Care Workforce:Advancing the education and professional development of nurses and nurse leaders.
  • Addressing Health Priorities:Addressing national health trends locally through community-driven research.
  • Building Healthy Communities:Driving wellness by targeting specific and diverse community health needs.

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

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Independence Blue Cross
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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.