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Contacts:    Ruth Stoolman                                Nicholas Torres
             215-241-4807                                 215-718-4250
             Ruth.stoolman@ibx.com                        nickdtorres@verizon.net

                    IBC Foundation awards Innovation grant to Education-Plus, Inc.,
                         providing health services to region’s underserved children
      $40,000 grant will support world-recognized School Health Clinics in Philadelphia charter schools

What:        At the second annual Temple University undergraduate nursing/Pan American Academy Health
             Fair, Independence Blue Cross Foundation will award Education-Plus, Inc. a $40,000 grant,
             through its Innovation initiative, to support school health clinics operating within Pan American
             Academy and Belmont Charter Schools. Both clinics serve as unique models that are able to
             provide both primary and preventive services to approximately 1,200 students annually by
             operating through a consistent, reliable point of access: school.

             An innovative blend of health and education, these clinics have attracted global attention by
             producing a measurable impact on student health and academic performance in communities that
             often live in poverty, suffer from chronic illnesses, such as asthma and diabetes, and lack health
             insurance or access to professional care. The clinics are operated by nurse practitioners from
             Temple University Department of Nursing, in collaboration with Temple Department of
             Pediatrics, Education-Plus, Inc., the National Nursing Centers Consortium and Congreso de
             Latinos Unidos. The funding from Independence Blue Cross Foundation will enable the clinics
             to:
                  Complete immunizations and physicals for students who do not have access to those
                     services.
                  Decrease student truancy rates by providing daily primary care for chronic health
                     conditions.
                  Decrease the number of student visits to the emergency room by managing asthma attacks
                     on-site and conducting an Asthma Safe Kids program, which consists of home visitations
                     and evaluations to identify and protect against asthma triggers.
                  Obtain BMI information from students to provide to Congreso’s Healthy Kids, Healthy
                     Schools program.

             The health fair focuses on health and safety topics from the Healthy People 2020 initiative.
             Temple Nursing Students will present posters, resources and interactive experiences for the Pan
             American students ensuring an evidence-based approach to pediatric health promotion.

             The IBC Foundation, whose mission is to transform health care through innovation in the
             communities it serves, has awarded more than $2 million in Blue Safety Net grants to 34 private,
             nonprofit community health clinics that provide high quality, cost-effective primary, medical and
             dental care to 145,000 uninsured and underinsured men, women and children, since its launch in
             October 2011. In total, the IBC Foundation has supported more than 80 grants in a five-county
             region surrounding Philadelphia, totaling more than $3.6 million, including $1 million in Nurses
             for Tomorrow grants to 22 area nursing programs to fund scholarships to strengthen the nursing
             workforce through education, career development and research.
Who:                   Attendees and participants include:
                            Stephen P. Fera, senior vice president of public affairs: Independence Blue Cross
                            Elizabeth Polizzi, Board Chair and Nicholas Torres, President: Education Plus, Inc.
                            Asst. Professor Monika Jelic, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Dr. Frances Ward, Department
                              Chair; Dr. Nancy Rothman, Independence Foundation Professor of Urban Community
                              Nursing; Dr. Rhonda Maneval, Associate Chair; Asst. Professor Patricia DiGiacomo;
                              Asst. Professor Susan Gresko; Undergraduate Nursing Students: Temple University,
                              Department of Nursing
                            Wanda Novales, Principal/CEO; Darcy Russotto, Assistant Principal; Lydia Jerchau,
                              Director Special Education/Student Services: Pan American Academy Charter School
                            200 Pan American students, grades 4-7

When:                  Friday, April 20, 2012
                       10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.                     Special remarks from IBC Foundation representative Stephen Fera,
                                                                 SVP of Public Affairs, and Education-Plus, Inc. President Nicholas
                                                                 Torres

                       10:15 am. – 10:30 a.m.                    Executives and Pan American students will tour the health fair.

                       The Temple University/Pan American Academy Health Fair will be held all day, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:                 Pan American Academy Charter School, 2nd Floor
                       126-136 West Dauphin Street
                       Philadelphia, PA 19133

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation
Launched in October 2011, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation is an independent, private foundation
whose mission is to transform health care through innovation in the communities it serves. The foundation
complements and expands upon Independence Blue Cross’s 74-year commitment to improving the health and
wellness of the people of southeastern Pennsylvania. The IBC Foundation targets the following areas of impact:
    Caring for our most vulnerable: Supporting nonprofit health clinics that deliver quality, cost-effective
       primary, medical and dental care to uninsured and underinsured people.
    Enhancing health care delivery: Strengthening the nursing workforce through education, career
       development and research.
    Leading innovative approaches to health care: Supporting new and creative solutions that reduce
       health care spending, improve quality, and expand access to care.

About Education-Plus, Inc.
Education Plus Health, the school health branch of Education-Plus, Inc., works to increase access to healthcare
and better health by addressing the needs of medically underserved children in Philadelphia through a network of
nurse practitioner-managed School Health Clinics. The presence of high-quality, preventive and primary
healthcare at school encourages children—especially those who are struggling with chronic illness—to stay in
school and reach their full academic potential. Education-Plus currently operates two School Health Clinics at
Pan American Academy Charter School in North Philadelphia and Belmont Charter in West Philadelphia,
reaching approximately 1,200 children, a model that was recently selected as one of 15 finalists the worldwide
Ashoka Changemakers “Innovations for Health: Solutions that Cross Borders” competition in partnership with
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneer Portfolio. Education Plus Health seeks to expand the model, and
ultimately envisions school health clinics providing pediatric care to medically underserved children worldwide.


Independence Blue Cross offers products directly, through its subsidiaries Keystone Health Plan East and QCC Insurance Company, and with Highmark Blue Shield—independent licensees
                                                                        of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
About Pan American Academy Charter School
Located in North Philadelphia, Pan American Academy Charter School is an independent, free, public K-8
charter school with the highest academic expectations for students. Through a focus on dual-language, inquiry -
based learning, Pan American is creating the next generation of strong, internationally-minded, bilingual leaders
in our community.
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Independence Blue Cross offers products directly, through its subsidiaries Keystone Health Plan East and QCC Insurance Company, and with Highmark Blue Shield—independent licensees
                                                                        of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

				
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