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Independence Blue Cross Foundation celebrates future leaders

Meet seven Philadelphia community health leaders poised to raise their organizations to new heights.

From left to right, Future Leaders in Community Health: John Kirby, Jr., Cathryn Sanderson, Melanie Mariano, Heather, Lorina, Felicia Harris.

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) celebrated its sixth anniversary by honoring the region’s Future Leaders in Community Health. Independence executive leadership and Foundation grantees, partners, and friends gathered for the evening reception at Independence LIVE. Foundation President Lorina Marshall-Blake provided a summary of the Foundation’s achievements during the past year and presented the awards jointly with Foundation Program Manager Heather Major.

The individuals recognized are rising stars in their organizations, collectively pursuing their passion to making a difference in their communities.

Learn more about Future Leaders in Community Health.


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.

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