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Blue Cross Foundation Awards $528,000 in Grants to Improve Community Health
Date:6/16/2008

justment services to Pan-African families on St. Paul's East Side.

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Minnesota International Health Volunteers, Minneapolis, $20,000 to further develop the Community Health Worker (CHW) Peer Network statewide and to support training and certification of two CHWs.

West Side Community Health Services, St. Paul, $10,000 in planning support to create an Institute for Immigrant and Refugee Health and Wellness that addresses health disparities.

Minnesota State University, Mankato (HEIP), Mankato, $10,000 to plan a Community Health Worker Institute to house the CHW Project, a statewide initiative to reduce cultural and linguistic barriers to health care, improve quality and cost effectiveness of care, and increase the number of health care workers who come from diverse backgrounds.

The Blue Cross Foundation's purpose is to look beyond health care today for ideas that create healthier communities tomorrow. By addressing key social, economic and environmental factors that determine health -- beyond genes, lifestyle and access to health care -- the foundation's work extends beyond the traditional reach of the health care system to improve community health long-term and close the health gap that affects many Minnesotans. The foundation has become the state's largest grantmaking foundation to exclusively dedicate its assets to improving health in Minnesota, awarding more than $22 million since it was established in 1986.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its
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