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Empire BlueCross BlueShield Launches 'Art Heals' Program with Museum for African Art, Greater New York Hospital Association
Date:10/8/2009

art and wellness and healthy lifestyles.

Nearly half of the population of New York City is a member of a minority group and nearly 40 percent are foreign-born. Programs like "Art Heals" offer an opportunity to open communications between these growing communities and the healthcare system.

"Art Heals" is just one of many Empire BlueCross BlueShield programs that strive to positively impact New York's State Health Index, a measure of public health data used by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify major State health issues. As part of a larger effort to increase awareness of health and medical care, and to improve overall State health, Empire also collaborates with local healthcare providers and diverse community organizations to address the conditions that have the greatest impact on the health of New York residents.

You can find more information on "Art Heals" at www.africanart.org.

About Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Empire BlueCross BlueShield (Empire) is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice HMO, Inc., independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, serving residents and businesses in the 28 eastern and southeastern counties of New York State. Additional information about Empire is available at www.empireblue.com.

About the Museum for African Art

The Museum for African Art is the nation's leading independent institution devoted exclusively to the art and culture of Africa. Through exhibitions, publications, and engaging public programs for the widest possible audience, the Museum offers the public multiple perspectives from which to appreciate African art and understand the lives of the people who made it. Since its founding i
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