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Independence Blue Cross Foundation releases new episodes of the Someone You Know® Podcast featuring U.S. Representative Madeleine Dean and Former NBA Player Chris Herren

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Former NBA player Chris Herren, who struggled with opioid misuse during his professional career, founded the Herren Project to bring awareness to the disease of addiction.

Today, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) released new episodes in season two of its podcast series, Someone You Know®: Facing the Opioid Crisis Together. This season focuses on the next generation of young people facing the opioid crisis. Earlier this year, the Foundation announced new funding for the development of a national model and regional expansion of Collegiate Recovery Programs to support addiction recovery on college campuses.

Season two features interviews with United States Representative Madeleine Dean for Pennsylvania’s 4th district alongside her son Harry Cunnane, former NBA player Chris Herren, and other influential voices in the recovery community.

Congresswoman Dean coauthored the book “Under Our Roof” with her son Harry which details Harry’s 10-year battle with opioid use disorder and his successful recovery. Additionally, Congresswoman Dean recently introduced the “END Stigma Act,” which establishes a university grant program to educate students on substance use disorder treatment options.

Chris Herren is a former NBA player who struggled with opioid misuse during his professional career. He founded the Herren Project to bring awareness to the disease of addiction and help individuals and families navigate treatment and find support. Herren has told his story to more than one million students across the globe through Herren Talks  and has founded Herren Wellness, residential wellness centers for individuals suffering from substance use disorder. In addition to Representative Dean and Chris Herren, several other guests will be featured in season two of Someone You Know® including: 

  • Tim Rabolt, Executive Director of the Association for Recovery in Higher Education
  • Keith Murphy, Senior Substance Abuse Counselor at Rutgers University
  • Angela Smith, Head of The Bridge Way School
  • Kristen Harootunian, Minding Your Mind
  • Mary FitzGerald, CEO of Eluna
  • Briana Cunningham, Public Affairs Specialist at Independence Blue Cross and sibling of a young adult in recovery
  • John F. White, Jr., President & CEO of The Consortium
  • Kyle Schearer, Consortium client

“This podcast series highlights diverse and inspiring stories about the journey of recovery,” said Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. “After a successful first season, with listeners in 50 states and more than 48 countries, we are committed to open conversations about addiction. We want to encourage others to do the same and continue to connect people with resources that can help them or their loved ones.”

The Someone You Know® podcast series is available on all major podcast platforms including Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, Libsyn and more.

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation: 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) is a private, corporate charitable foundation that was established in 2011 with a mission to lead sustainable solutions that improve the health and well-being of the community. The Foundation has awarded more than $55M in grants to nonprofits and academic institutions in the southeastern Pennsylvania region whose programs and services address access to care, the health care workforce, and nonprofit sustainability.

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

Media Contact:
Ruth Stoolman
Independence Blue Cross
215-667-9537 (cell)

Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The 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.

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