Street Beats: Empowering Homeless Youth Through Music

In March, Covenant House Pennsylvania launched an innovative new program to help homeless youth gain confidence, develop critical life skills, and express their creativity in a supportive environment.

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Philadelphia homeless youths

National Volunteer Month: A volunteer shares her story

Nonprofit organizations, including many Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation) grantees, depend on the work that the volunteers do.

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National Volunteer Month

IBC Foundation Celebrates Five Years of Promises Made, Promises Kept

We are proud to recognize the first five years of the Foundation’s promise to our community through our bold initiatives, with our partners, and for the people we serve.

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A resilient muscle that’s seldom at rest, the heart is the most important organ in the body. Endlessly pumping blood and beating 100,000 times daily as we go about our routines, the heart is the ultimate workaholic of the human body. This year, in honor of American Heart Month, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) Healthy Hearts initiative is promoting ways you can show appreciation for your body’s hardest-working organ….
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,…
Imagine you’ve just graduated from medical school and are working as a physician in your community. The waiting room in your office is packed with patients, many of whom have complex chronic conditions. Suddenly, a nurse informs you that three patients are presenting with severe stomach pain and require immediate attention. Could one of the cases require a hospital visit?…
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….
Imagine walking down the street when suddenly, the person walking towards you falls to the ground — their heart has stopped beating. Fortunately, you have recently completed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, and without hesitation, you put your new life-saving skills into action. Your quick response revives a heartbeat and provides time for paramedics to arrive at the scene….
Pictured above (left to right): Liz Novak, Stephen Perez, IBC Foundation President Lorina Marshall-Blake, Faith Atte, RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars Program Co-Director Susan B. Hassmiller, Brittany Stark, Michelle McKay In 2014, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation became the inaugural funder of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program, which is dedicated to increasing the number of PhD-prepared nurses in health care….
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