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Highmark Delaware & the Delaware Community Foundation Release Annual Report for “BluePrints for the Community” Program

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BluePrints for the Community Granted $4 Million in 2023 

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware (Highmark Delaware) and the Delaware Community Foundation announced the release of the 2023 Annual Report for the “BluePrints for the Community” grants program which last year provided nearly $4 million in grants to 45 organizations across the state. 

BluePrints for the Community is a grants program of the Highmark Delaware Fund, a donor-advised fund at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF). It was established to serve Delawareans, with emphasis on increasing access to care, reducing health disparities and addressing social determinants of health. 

“We believe that everyone deserves access to quality healthcare, regardless of their background or circumstances. That’s why BluePrints for the Community is focused on creating a healthier future for all.” said Nick Moriello, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware.  “We’re working to advance equitable access to care, reduce barriers like unemployment, food insecurity, and housing instability, and connect people to vital social and community resources. Our goal is healthier communities where everyone can thrive.”  

The fund supports five keystone goals which include: 

·             Advancing equitable access to quality healthcare  

·             Reducing unemployment, food insecurity and housing instability 

·             Connecting people to social and community resources that will improve their health and well-being 

·             Improving neighborhoods and environments to promote health and safety  

·             Recruiting and training healthcare professionals  

“The dynamic healthcare landscape requires innovative solutions, and we are fortunate to have the support of our dedicated nonprofit partners. BluePrints is actively working to address the root causes of health disparities in Delaware, and we are confident that together, we can create a more equitable and healthy community,” said Rita Landgraf, Chair of the BluePrints for the Community Advisory Council.  

Over the course of the year, BluePrints provided grants ranging from $10,000 to $1 million to programs and services at the following organizations. 

Reducing Unemployment, Food Insecurity and Housing Instability 

Bringing Hope Home, $ 35,000 

Delaware Regional Dream Center, $ 45,000 

Family Promise of Northern New Castle County, $100,000 

Lutheran Community Services, Inc., $150,000 

Odyssey Charter School, $ 35,000 

St. Patrick´s Center, Inc., $ 20,000 

West End Neighborhood House, Inc., $75,000 

Advancing Equitable Access to Healthcare 

AltruVision, $15,000 

Black Mothers In Power, $20,000 

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wilmington, $44,000 

Central Delaware Housing Collaborative, $25,000 

ChristianaCare Health Services, $80,000   

Community Education Building, $142,700   

Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc., $45,400 

Delaware Pharmacists Educational Center, Inc., $113,925 

Down Syndrome Association of Delaware, $25,000 

Ingleside Homes, Inc., $211,365  

Jewish Family Services of Delaware, $25,000 

Nemours Children’s Health Delaware, $542,769 

The Rosa Health Center, $100,000 

SL24 UnLocke the Light Foundation, $50,000 

The Springboard Collaborative, $100,000 

St. John’s Community Services, $18,600 

Unite for HER $100,000 

Vision To Learn, $60,000 

Improving Neighborhoods & Environments 

Jewish Federation of Delaware, $10,000  

Urban Bike Project of Wilmington, $10,000 

Recruiting & Training Healthcare Professionals 

Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder of Newark, $38,800 

Delaware Prosperity Partnership, $60,000 

Mental Health Association in Delaware, $35,661 

Sussex Economic Development Action Committee, $25,000 

TidalHealth Foundation, $1,000,000 

Connecting People to Social & Community Resources 

The Challenge Program, $16,750 

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Inc., $100,000 

Endless Possibilities in the Community, Inc., $200,000 

First State Squash, $65,000 

Girls on the Run Delaware, $10,000 

Lori’s Hands, Inc., $50,000 

Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley, $61,000 

Strive: How You Lead Matters, $10,000