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Independence Blue Cross Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake speaks on important community issues; receives multiple honors

By November 13, 2023November 21st, 2023News

Independence Blue Cross (IBX) Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake continued her role as an active ambassador and advocate of the Foundation’s community mission, serving as invited speaker at two universities and earning multiple honors for her service and leadership.

On Nov. 1, Marshall-Bake joined a panel discussion moderated by U.S. Rep Madeleine Dean at Ursinus College about the role higher education can play in destigmatizing substance use disorders. The IBX Foundation is leading efforts to increase collegiate recovery in our region and recently announced the opening of a collegiate recovery program grant application for colleges and universities. The program provides learning institutions with first-year funding — up to $50,000 — to establish or expand a recovery program in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

On October 25, Marshall-Blake spoke with students and faculty at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., about the importance of community nursing and the Foundation’s support for nursing programs. Marshall-Blake also highlighted how nurses can help address health inequities in vulnerable communities. The IBX Foundation recently announced two new programs to increase the number of under-represented students in nursing and provide an educational path for military veterans interested in nursing careers.

In addition to these speaking engagements, Marshall-Blake was recently honored by a number of community organizations, including:

  • Women Against Abuse: iPledge® Social Impact Award for tireless dedication to improving the health and wellness of underserved communities.
  • Help Hope Live: Hope award which recognizes an individual or group who is improving and saving lives by promoting health equity and access to quality care.
  • Global Philadelphia: Globy award for Corporate Leadership. The Globy’s are awarded annually to Philadelphia’s distinguished citizens who have made a global impact for the benefit of the city.
  • Girard College: Corinthian Visionary award, which was presented at the Reach for the Stars 175th Anniversary fundraising event. The Foundation launched a school-based mental health program with Girard College and CHOP in 2021.
  • Black Nurses Rock: Recognition for support of this organization, which aims to inspire and empower innovative leaders that will serve and educate vulnerable communities.

Pictured left to right: Nicole Henry, 2023 Live Award recipient, Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the IBX Foundation, Brad Marsh, president of the Flyers Alumni Association and Rainey Award recipient for Volunteer of the Year.

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.

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