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Mobile COVID-19 testing unit visits Philadelphia

IBC Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake and George Fernandez, Founder and CEO of Latino Connection at the CATE testing event in Philadelphia.

L to R: Dr. Angelico Razon, Philadelphia Department of Health, IBC Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake and George Fernandez, Founder and CEO of Latino Connection at the CATE testing event in Philadelphia where more than 50 people were tested.

CATE (Community-Accessible Testing & Education), Pennsylvania’s first mobile COVID-19 testing and education unit, arrived in Philadelphia on September 26.  CATE is supported by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Latino Connection, and Highmark Blue Shield.  The event was one of several stops CATE will make in southeastern Pennsylvania this fall.

Lorina Marshall-Blake, IBC Foundation president; Dr. Angelico Razon, General Internist & Pediatrician, COVID Containment Division, Philadelphia Department of Health; and George Fernandez, founder and CEO of Latino Connection, joined local residents who stopped by for testing and education.

Lorina Marshall-Blake receives a COVID-19 test.

Additional CATE testing locations are listed on CATEmobileunit.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/CATEmobileunit. Services are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Social distancing and masking guidelines will be followed at all times.  Anyone can be tested, and insurance is not required.  Services are offered in English and Spanish.

For more information about COVID-19 testing in near you, visit the Department of Health’s website, health.pa.gov.

 

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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