Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation Awards $1.1 Million to Health Nonprofits

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation in Jacksonville has announced grants totaling $1.12 million to thirteen Florida health nonprofits.

Awarded through the foundation's biannual Improving Access to Health Care (IMPACT) program, the grants included $100,000 to the Children's Volunteer Health Network in Walton County to provide free dental care for indigent and uninsured children in and around Santa Rosa; $100,000 to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic to help provide greater access to and continuity of care for an additional fifteen hundred uninsured adults; $85,000 to Genesis Community Health to help expand clinic hours and increase access to primary care and case management services for uninsured low-income individuals in Boyton Beach; and $53,000 to Grace Medical Home to boost access to specialty care for uninsured adults in central Florida.

In addition, the foundation awarded $95,000 to the Bonita Springs Lions Eye Clinic to help expand access to free comprehensive exams as well as treatment and follow-up care for uninsured children and adults; $100,000 to the Community Coalition on Homelessness to hire two part-time dentists and double the number of homeless adults and families who receive free, high-quality dental services in the Bradenton area; and $96,000 over three years to the Learning Alliance in Indian River County to screen all sixteen hundred students in eight elementary schools and provide follow-up care, free comprehensive eye exams, and glasses to uninsured and low-income children.

"More than one million people have accessed health care services through nonprofit health care programs supported by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation," said BCBSF Foundation vice president Susan Towler. "It is our goal to improve the health and well-being of Floridians and their communities. These most recent grants have great potential to impact the health of all Floridians."

For more information about the grant recipients, visit the BCBSF Foundation Web site.

"Thirteen Florida Health Nonprofits Awarded IMPACT Grant Funding to Improve Health Care Access for Uninsured Floridians" Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation Press Release 02/01/2012.