Independence Blue Cross Foundation creates Institute for Health Equity

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The Independence Blue Cross Foundation recently announced that it has created the Institute for Health Equity as a way to mark its 10th anniversary. By the end of the year, the foundation will have awarded nearly $70 million in charitable grants to nonprofits and research efforts that analyze community health.

Gregory Deavens, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, said “it’s necessary for health care organizations to invest in inclusive innovation aimed at improving the health of everyone, ” especially in marginalized communities.

The announcement was made during a luncheon held at the Kimmel Center.

“Health equity is integral to our ongoing philanthropic commitment to improve the health and well-being of our community,” said Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the IBC Foundation. “Through the institute, we will work collaboratively across sectors to leverage research, expertise, and invest our resources to be a national leader in improving the health of disadvantaged groups.”


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