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Blue Cross Foundation Grants Focus on Improving Immigrant Health
Date:7/9/2009

EAGAN, Minn., July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation recently awarded $290,000 in grants under its Healthy Together: Creating Community with New Americans initiative. The Healthy Together initiative promotes the mental health and social adjustment of new Americans, helps develop immigrant-led organizations, and fosters civic engagement involving immigrants and the broader community.

"These grants demonstrate a variety of innovative approaches to improve immigrant health including the use of community health workers (CHWs), who help people dealing with language and cultural barriers connect with the health care system," said Joan Cleary, Foundation vice president.

Recent grants include:

  • African Assistance Program, Brooklyn Center, $40,000 for the Building Community for All project to improve relationships between law enforcement and new immigrants in the Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center area of the Twin Cities.
  • Advocates for Human Rights, Minneapolis, $10,000 for the One Voice Minnesota Community Planning project, to create opportunities for cultural exchange among immigrants and the broader community in Austin, Minn., in partnership with the Austin Human Rights Commission.
  • CAPI, Minneapolis, $10,000 to strengthen programs that provide basic needs services and build health equity for the refugee and immigrant community.
  • Center for Victims of Torture, Minneapolis, $10,000 for the Refugee Mental Health Assessment project to develop and pilot a culturally appropriate way for mental health screening for newly arrived refugees who have been victims of persecutio
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