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Independence Blue Cross Foundation joins DDAP for regional warm hand-off summits

Left to right: Heather Major, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Dr Rachel, Levine, Secretary, PA Department of Health, Ellen DiDomenico, Deputy Secretary, PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Left to right: Heather Major, Independence Blue Cross Foundation; Dr Rachel Levine, Secretary, PA Department of Health; Ellen DiDomenico, Deputy Secretary, PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) joined the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health on March 20 and 21 for two summits addressing emergency room-based warm handoff protocols — an evidence-based practice ensuring overdose survivors receive immediate referrals to treatment. The summits convened stakeholders from the public and private sectors across a range of disciplines to learn from experts and one another.

Heather Major, manager of programs for the Foundation, presented best practice recommendations from a study commissioned by the Foundation to examine the utilization, design, and effectiveness of the warm handoff program in Bucks County.

The summits also featured listening stations from the Foundation’s Someone You Know campaign, a regional movement to address the stigma of opioid addiction and inspire hope in our communities.  These listening stations feature compelling stories of local residents who bravely shared their journey with the Someone You Know campaign.

Summit attendees looking at the Someone You Know listening stations.

 

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.

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