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The Independence Blue Cross Foundation joins National Nurses Week celebrations

Community College of Philadelphia nursing students at their pinning ceremony

As part of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), the Independence Blue Cross Foundation joined nursing leaders to recognize new nursing school graduates and hosted its annual Nursing Partner Meeting.

Celebrating the next generation of nurse leaders

The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) held its annual pinning ceremony on May 6. The ceremony, an important nursing school tradition, recognized the culmination of perseverance, skill and hard work and signifies the beginning of a distinguished future in health care.

Seventeen of CCP’s 100 nursing school graduates in the class of 2022 received scholarships through the Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s Nurses for Tomorrow program. President of the IBC Foundation Lorina Marshall-Blake and Executive Director Heather Major attended the event and the Foundation was recognized by CCP leadership for its continued investment in educational opportunities in nursing for CCP’s students. The ceremony marked the first time that the nurses were together because they had taken all their classes virtually during COVID-19 restrictions.

Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded more than $13M million in grants to nursing schools to fund scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs.

Convening regional leaders in nursing

The IBC Foundation also recognized nurse educators for their leadership and partnership in preparing the next generation of nurses.

During National Nurses Week, the Foundation hosted its annual Nurse Partner Meeting at the Pyramid Club. It was the first in-person meeting in two years. This gathering was an opportunity for the Deans and Directors, who represented 22 regional Nursing Schools, to discuss plans to support the needs of future nursing students and share feedback on important topics related to the healthcare workforce.

Representatives of regional nursing schools at the Foundation's Nurse Partner Meeting

Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBX 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 IBX Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBX 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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