National Volunteer Month
April is National Volunteer Month, a time in which we celebrate those who generously give their time and talents to help others. Nonprofit organizations, including many Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation) grantees, depend on the work that the volunteers do. For example, Community Volunteers in Medicine relies upon volunteer clinicians to provide services to those who would otherwise be unable to access needed medical care….
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) hosted 75 nurses for a continuing education session about opioid dependency, presented by Drexel University’s Continuing Nursing Education program. The three-hour session featured a panel discussion with Drexel faculty, the presentation of an opioid dependency case study, and information about the treatment for opioid substance abuse. Eligible nurses received 3.25 hours of continuing education credits….
Philadelphia, PA — The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) awarded grants exceeding $5 million in southeastern Pennsylvania during 2016. The grants targeted four primary areas: increasing access to quality, affordable care in medically underserved areas; bolstering the health care workforce; building healthier communities; and addressing health priorities.

Increasing Access to Care

Through the Blue Safety Net program,…
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation President Lorina Marshall-Blake accepted an invitation by Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell to serve on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. As a member of the Council, Marshall-Blake will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary and Congress regarding policy matters related to the nurse workforce,…

Practice models featuring enhanced role for registered nurses offer promise toward meeting nation’s urgent need for a transformed primary care system

Philadelphia, PA – Mounting pressures, including more than 50 percent of Americans with a chronic condition and many with multiple illnesses, are rendering the nation’s primary care system inadequate to meet the population’s needs….
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation), a long-time partner of Back on My Feet, is funding the organization’s second health metrics study at Surge Recovery in Philadelphia. The study assesses the benefits of consistent running and community building for men and women experiencing homelessness. Back on My Feet, a national nonprofit organization operating in 12 major cities coast-to-coast,…

Nearly $3.1 million in funding supports community health clinics, efforts to increase survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest, and initiatives that build healthier communities

Philadelphia, PA – December 7, 2016 – The Independence Blue Cross Foundation  (Foundation) announced grants totaling nearly $3.1 million through its Blue Safety Net, Building Healthier Communities, and Healthy Hearts programs….

New “Healthy Hearts” initiative aims to improve survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest, increase CPR preparedness

Philadelphia, PA — November 17, 2016 — The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) today launched the Healthy Hearts Initiative (Healthy Hearts), an effort that aims to increase the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest and address disparities in cardiovascular health in underserved populations across southeastern Pennsylvania….
When I think about Independence Blue Cross and our region, I am humbled by the thought of our role in improving the health of the millions of members and their families that we’ve served for nearly 80 years. In 2011, our company reaffirmed its commitment to our community with the creation of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation)….

Forum with over 80 local health centers and community based organizations aims to share best practices for prevention and treatment

Philadelphia, PA — August 16, 2016 — Today the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) announced the Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Initiative, an effort to convene community health providers and resources to increase access to effective prevention and treatment for those struggling with opioid abuse….
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