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Blue Cross Foundation Awards $660,000 in Grants to Improve Community Health
Date:12/12/2008

ure and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, $60,000 in support of the statewide Healthy Legacy Campaign to protect children from environmental hazards and toxic chemicals.

Minnesota Early Learning Foundation, St. Paul, Minn., $150,000 in support of the parent mentoring/home visitor pilot project in St. Paul's Frogtown and north-end neighborhoods designed to ensure that children have the skills and health for early learning success.

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 $25 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. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. http://www.bluecrossmn.com


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