Areas of Impact

Since 2011, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation has lead sustainable solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of the community. The Foundation expands upon the nearly 80-year commitment of Independence Blue Cross to improve the health and well-being of our neighbors in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Our core principles

At the heart of all we do is a set of core principles.

  • Thought leadership. We act as a leading voice in addressing the greatest challenges facing our health care system.
  • Innovation. We redefine the health care system to deliver quality, accessible, and affordable care to all.
  • Collaboration. We work together with all stakeholders to address the needs of our community.
  • Engagement. We raise awareness and empower our neighbors to take a more active role in the health of their community.
  • Sustainability. We support the growth of a stronger and more viable health care system for future generations.

What we fund

The IBC Foundation funds programs and initiatives that advance caring for our region’s most vulnerable, enhance health care delivery, and build healthy communities.

Securing the Blue Safety Net

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation has a longstanding commitment to investing in the health care safety net. Through our Blue Safety Net initiative, we award grants to nonprofit, private community health centers that provide access to quality, affordable health care in medically underserved areas.

Bolstering the Health Care Workforce

In order to provide the highest quality care, we need to strengthen the nursing, primary care, and allied health workforces through education, career development, and research. Nurses are an integral part of the health care system and their role continues to evolve. Our Nurses For Tomorrow program supports nursing education to help increase the number of nurses pursuing faculty roles or clinical practice.

Building Healthier Communities

We consider requests from eligible community organizations for funding support for a broad range of programs and projects that positively impact the health and wellness of our community. Under the Building Healthier Communities grant program, we have funded projects in areas such as education, fitness, technology, and research.

Addressing Health Priorities

The Addressing Health Priorities program initiative is aimed at sustainable solutions to our nation's most pressing health issues. Through this program, we partner with experts and invest in community-driven research to address national health trends locally. Together, with our partners and community stakeholders, we've designed innovative approaches that tackle national health trends.

  • STOP: The Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention initiative responds to the alarming increase in presription drug and opioid use initiation/dependence.
  • Healthy Hearts: The Healthy Hearts initiative increased awareness and access to lifesaving methods that improve survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Healthy Futures: The Healthy Futures initiative was a collaborative, school-based childhood wellness program and research study to reverse the obesity epidemic.

Community Report

We’re putting community first through our work with grantees and community partners.

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