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Independence Blue Cross Foundation supports a Philadelphia initiative to increase wages and career advancement for home health aides

June 2022 – The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) participated with Philadelphia Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson, District 1199C, City Council, and Philadelphia Works in a pinning ceremony on June 3 at Temple University Hospital for graduates from the New Normal Home Health Aide Upskilling program.

The 10-week Upskilling training and education program helps provide higher income opportunities for home health aides to become Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs).  Supporting this program advances the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to help address the growing nursing assistant labor shortage and increase opportunities for women of color who primarily hold these jobs.

With the Foundation’s support, nearly 50 individuals so far have received training and education to help them advance their careers and increase earning potential. Every graduate who takes their competency exam is credentialed and placed with organizations such as Temple University Hospital, Bayada Home Care, Germantown Home, and others.

Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake provided keynote remarks at the event

Over the last decade, the Foundation has awarded nearly $16 million in educational opportunities to advance the next generation of nurses and nurse educators. That support has helped more than 4,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral nursing students with their education. The Foundation’s Nursing Internship Program has an 18-year history of preparing future nurses to deliver culturally competent care to diverse patients in the community.

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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