Independence Blue Cross Foundation awards nearly $3.3 million in grants

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) today announced its second major wave of funding that includes 74 grants in southeastern Pennsylvania, totaling nearly $3.3 million. The grants target three primary areas: strengthening the health care safety net, building healthier communities, and improving child health and wellness. These grants supplement nearly $1.8 million in grants the Foundation awarded earlier this year to help strengthen the nursing workforce through education, career development, and research.Adults with Developmental Disabilities: To help special needs adults develop skills for more independent living;Common Market Philadelphia, Inc.: To design and conduct a study measuring the effect of the Farm Share on the health of participants and on the cost of their health insurance;Headstrong Foundation: To address the primary needs of cancer patients after discharge from a long hospital stay;Mighty Writers: To teach children and young adults from low income areas to write and think with clarity;Peoples Emergency Center: To fund uGo, which provides free and fun opportunities to create healthier, more active communities.Peter’s Place: For bereavement services for children, primarily in low income communities;Rolling Harvest Food Rescue: To provide fresh foods from local farmers to hunger relief sites that help families in Bucks County;Turning Points for Children: To address food insecurity through a community based pantry that is connected to more than 4,000 households;Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians: To implement employment education for foreign- trained health professionals.Through the second wave of funding, the Foundation also added funding for its comprehensive three-year, $3 million child wellness initiative Healthy Futures with a $25,000 grant to the GENYOUth and the NFL’s Fuel up to Play 60 program which empowers students to innovate and lead sustainable healthy changes in their school. The grant will fund a pilot in six Healthy Futures schools in five counties.The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is a charitable, private foundation, whose mission is leading solutions for a healthier community. The foundation targets the following areas:Securing the Blue Safety Net. Supporting private, nonprofit community health center clinics that provide access to quality, affordable healthcare in medically underserved areas.Bolstering the Health Care Workforce. Strengthening the nursing, primary care, and allied health workforce through education, career development, and research.Addressing Health Priorities. Collaborating with wellness partners to tackle the region’s most pressing health challenges; currently combating the obesity epidemic through the Foundation Healthy Futures Initiative.Building Healthier Communities. Partnering with community leaders and programs to address community health and wellness needs.Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on Twitter at @ibxfdn.Ruth Stoolman
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