Independence Blue Cross Foundation awards nearly $1.8 million in grants

PHILADELPHIA, PA., Sept. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) announced that it awarded 57 grants in southeastern Pennsylvania, totaling nearly $1.8 million. The grants target three primary areas: Bolstering the health care workforce, addressing health priorities, and building healthier communities.In 2015, the Foundation awarded $1.55 million in grants through its health care workforce development program to help strengthen the nursing workforce through education, career development, and research. The Nurses for Tomorrow scholarship grants include $1 million to 22 regional nursing programs for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. The Foundation also awarded $450,000 in new nursing scholarship grants to six area nursing schools in support of nurses pursuing a Doctoral of Nursing Practice degree. In addition, the Foundation provides a summer internship program for 26 undergraduate nursing students who will spend 10 weeks working in a Foundation-supported community health center or in health services at Independence.Through its Building Healthier Communities grant program, the Foundation partners with community organizations offering programs that improve the health and wellness of the people of southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2015, the Foundation provided more than $185,000 in funding to 17 organizations, including the following new grantees:Ruth Stoolman
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