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The organizations that are receiving
Among the worthy recipients:
Sinai Health Systemis receiving $500,000to continue the work of the Lawndale Diabetes Project, which uses community health workers to help lower the costs of care, reduce diabetes-related complications, and improve the quality of life for those living with and those at-risk for type 2 diabetes in the North and South Lawndaleneighborhoods of Chicago. "As a family practice physician, I am most appreciative of the Blue Cross Blue Shield-sponsored Lawndale Diabetes Project," says Ihab Aziz, MD, Chair, Family Medicine and Interim Chief Medical Officer, Sinai Health System. "Project community health workers (CHW) gain the trust of clients they meet by going door-to-door in the neighborhood. That trust relationship evolves into the clients feeling more comfortable about accepting education from the CHW and participating in more healthy behaviors. It can also result in clients establishing appointments with primary care physicians for more formal assessment of their diabetes. I am sure that CHWs save lives by developing their clients' trust, open communication and follow through on self-care, including seeing a physician."
- Springfield Collaborative for
Active Child Healthis a community-based group of academic, community, school, government and primary care providers that promotes the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity in Springfield. BCBSIL is supporting the program with a $60,000grant. "The members of the Springfield Collaborative for Active Child Healthare grateful for the ongoing, generous support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinoisfor the last 5 years. With that support, we have formed a strong and lasting partnership among the SIU School of Medicine, the health care and wellness leaders of our local public schools, the overseers of the Head Startprograms in Central Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Public Health, with the ultimate goals of helping our children eat well and engage in healthy physical activity," says David Steward, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Community Health and Service, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
- Mano a
Mano Family Resource Centeris receiving $30,000to support the Healthy Families Program, which services vulnerable, low-income, limited English-proficient Latino community members in Lake County. The program promotes access to care, along with health education and case management to help people receive benefits and services, nutrition education and physical activity. "Together with BCBSIL and our other partners, Mano a Mano is providing the resources and tools that Lake Countyimmigrants need to raise healthy families and build strong communities," says Mano a Mano Executive Director Megan McKenna de Mejia, "We applaud and thank BCBSIL for their investment in a health and sustainable Lake County."
- Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law receives a
$50,000grant for HealthHub: Technical Assistance and Training for ACA Enrollment Specialistsand Community-Based Organizations. "We deeply appreciate the support of BCSIL to operate HealthHub, our Affordable Care Act technical assistance hub for enrollment specialists. HealthHub provides up-to-the minute information and expert advice to over 1,300 Navigators and other enrollment specialists who are working every day on the ground to enroll uninsured populations into Medicaidand the Marketplace," says John Bouman, President of the Shriver Center. "Thanks to the generous support of BCBSIL, we have answered over 2,000 questions from Navigators and helped them enroll thousands of consumers into health care coverage."
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The BCBSIL grant program is one way
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