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Empowering Health and Hope

Updated: Sep 29, 2023


Phoenixville Community Health Foundation (PCHF) Program Director, Viviann Schorle, Phoenixville Free Clinic Executive Director, Christi Seidel, and Highmark Foundation President, Yvonne Cook, at the award ceremony in Pittsburgh on September 25, 2023


Phoenixville Free Clinic is thrilled to collaborate with and receive support from

the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation (PCHF). Thanks to their submission to Highmark's inaugural Bright Blue Futures Award Program, PCHF was recognized with an award in the Philanthropy category that will directly benefit our mission of providing medical care for the uninsured.


The philanthropy category of Highmark Foundation's Bright Blue Futures Awards is a match award recognizing a philanthropic organization whose leadership advances innovative solutions and demonstrates meaningful progress toward community health issues. PCHF was awarded a $100,000 matching grant for Phoenixville Free Clinic. PCHF works to improve the health and quality of life of people in its community. Through partnership with the Phoenixville Free Clinic, PCHF has demonstrated a commitment to increase equitable access to quality health and human services to the uninsured and underserved.

 

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Highmark Health

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Highmark Bright Blue Futures Awards Program Recognizes Extraordinary

Nonprofit Organizations Across Its Footprint


PITTSBURGH, Pa. (September 25, 2023) — An inaugural group of nonprofit organizations received awards today for exemplary programming and leadership through the enterprise’s new Highmark Bright Blue Futures Awards program, made possible by the Highmark Foundation. The awardees received grants, totaling $465,000 in celebration of the award program’s theme, “A Look at Health Equity, Social Determinants of Health and Philanthropy to Advance Community Health.”


In the program’s first-ever awards and recognition ceremony nonprofits throughout Highmark Health’s footprint, which includes Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Western New York and Northeastern New York, were recognized. In addition to the awards recognition, philanthropist, neurologist, and former NFL player Dr. Myron Rolle served as keynote speaker. Dr. Rolle’s charitable work, bravery on the front lines, academic excellence and grit have been featured in top global and national outlets such as CNN, ABC News, ESPN, and CNBC. He is the founder of The Myron L. Rolle Foundation to support children and families in need and has spearheaded the creation of the Myron Rolle Wellness and Leadership Academy for foster children.


The Highmark Bright Blue Futures Awards Program launched earlier this year as an expansion of Highmark’s corporate giving and community involvement program, Highmark Bright Blue Futures. This program is designed to ensure healthier, brighter, stronger futures for all and aims to improve outcomes in Community Health and Community and Economic Resilience.


“With the introduction of the Highmark Bright Blue Futures Awards Program, we are able to celebrate the difference-making organizations that positively impact countless individuals and families,” said Kenya T. Boswell, senior vice president of Community Affairs for Highmark Health.


Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook added, “As a health-minded organization, we are honored to partner alongside these outstanding organizations that embody the values of the Highmark Foundation as they facilitate lasting outcomes that help improve the health and well-being of our neighbors with the support of grants like these.”


The awards program received more than 170 applications and were scored through a rigorous process. As a result, the following organizations received Highmark Bright Blue Futures Awards under each corresponding category:


Collaboration

Recognizing organizations’ abilities to work together cohesively to improve community health status and achieve sustainable results.

POISE Foundation (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

The POISE Foundation’s Black Equity Coalition was born during the pandemic when a group of Black leaders expressed concern about COVID-19’s impact on the Black community. The coalition has shifted its work to focus on equitable practices utilizing the social determinants of health framework as well as community organization hubs.


Impactful Programming

Recognizing programs designed to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals through innovative, novel approaches and achieving quantifiable results.

The Food Trust (Philadelphia, Pa.)

The Food Trust’s mission is delicious, nutritious food for all. Their Food Bucks Rx program provides people in underserved communities with greater access to affordable, nutritious food and information to help them take control of their health.


The Mon Health Medical Center Foundation (Morgantown, W.Va.)

Mon Health Medical Center’s Progressing Through Postpartum (P3) Program provides comprehensive support through an integrated health framework for mothers who may be experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Launched in 2020, P3 is the first of its kind in West Virginia.


Organizational Excellence

Recognizing organizations focused on improving health in the communities they serve through the lens of health equity and social determinants of health.

Mainstay Life Services (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Mainstay Life Services’ mission is to provide life-long, high-quality support services, ensuring that people with intellectual disabilities and autism lead fulfilling lives. It was recognized for a project that promotes the health, wellness, safety, and independence for people living with intellectual disabilities and autism.


Philanthropy

A match award recognizing a philanthropic organization whose leadership advances innovative solutions and demonstrates meaningful progress toward community health issues.

Phoenixville Community Health Foundation (Phoenixville, Pa.)

PCHF works to improve the health and quality of life for people in its community. Through partnership with the Phoenixville Free Clinic, PCHF has demonstrated a commitment to increase equitable access to quality health and human services to the uninsured and underserved.


Rising Stars

Additionally, the following organizations received mini grants through the program’s Rising Star awards, recognizing organizations and programs that have demonstrated promise through unique ideas to impact community health. The list of awardees is below:


AIDS Resource Alliance, Inc. (Williamsport, Pa.)

American Red Cross (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Children’s Therapy Clinic, Inc. (Charleston, W.Va.)

Delaware Regional Dream Center (Newark, Del.)

Homeless Children’s Education Fund (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Lori’s Hands, Inc. (Newark, Del.)

MAYA Organization (Swissvale, Pa.)

The Open Door Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Seneca Street Community Development Corporation (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Stitch Buffalo (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Focus on Renewal Sto-Rox Neighborhood Corporation (McKees Rocks, Pa.)


For more information about Highmark Bright Blue Futures, visit www.highmark.com/brightbluefutures.


About the Highmark Foundation

The Highmark Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) private, charitable organization dedicated to improving the health, wellbeing, and quality of life for individuals who reside in the communities served by Highmark, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. We fulfill our missing by awarding high-impact grants to charitable organizations that implement evidence-based programs aimed at improving community health. Central to the Foundation’s mission is identifying and continuously reevaluating our region’s prevailing health care needs. By doing so, the Foundation remains at the forefront of those needs, well-equipped to pinpoint the issues that more urgently need support.

In 2021, two new restricted funds were established at the Highmark Foundation - the Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health and the United Concordia Dental Charitable Fund. These funds support the ongoing work of the Highmark Foundation across its footprint and beyond.

For more information, visit www.highmarkfoundation.org and follow the Highmark Foundation on LinkedIn.

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