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Independence Blue Cross Foundation part of a state conversation on Latino health

(L to R) George Fernandez, CEO, Latino Connection and Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation

Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s (Foundation) President Lorina Marshall-Blake recently spoke on a panel at Pennsylvania’s State of the Union on Latino Health conference, in Harrisburg. Latino Connection organized the conference, which addressed key issues such as health equity and housing.

William Calo, assistant professor at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, was the moderator.  Other panelists included Gelvina Stevenson of the Hispanic National Bar Association; Glady Rosa-Mendoza, design researcher at Facebook; and Mali Tejada, extension educator at Food Families and Health.

Since 2011, the Foundation has provided more than $10.5 million to 14 non-profit community health centers where Latinos make up more than 50 percent of patients.

The Foundation supported Latino Connection when it established the state’s first COVID-19 mobile testing unit in 2020 known as Community-Accessible Testing & Education (CATE). As of January 2022, CATE has hosted 220 free community events, tested more than 5,000 people and vaccinated more than 10,000 people against COVID-19 and 2,500 people against influenza.

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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