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Four Libraries Awarded Grants Through Blue Cross Foundation

“Public Libraries For Health” Helps Improve Health Of Community Residents

September 24, 2012

EAGAN – The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation awarded four Minnesota libraries a total of $180,800 for projects that promote health equity in the communities. The libraries will work in collaboration with other area non-profits. The libraries include Austin Public Library, Marshall-Lyon Public Library, Owatonna Public Library and Thorson Memorial Library in Elbow Lake, Minn.

“We recognize that libraries are key gathering places in communities and are a logical location to base programs that can help people be their healthiest,” said Stacey Millett, senior program officer for the Foundation. “We applaud the efforts of libraries to collaborate with other community non-profits and are pleased to be able to support these projects.”

The library-based projects engage low-income communities and communities of color to improve health and build employment skills, educational opportunities, social connections and family support.

The program is part of a larger health equity initiative launched in 2011 that seeks to ensure that all Minnesotans have an equal opportunity to live a healthy life regardless of income, education, race and other socioeconomic factors that affect health.

For more information on Blue Cross’ grant-making programs, visit bcbsmnfoundation.org or call (651) 662-3950 or toll free at 1-866-812-1593.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation exclusively dedicates its assets to improving health in Minnesota, awarding more than $31 million since it was established in 1986. The Foundation’s purpose is to make a healthy difference in people’s lives by improving the community conditions that affect the health of children and families.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today as a health company: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, taxable organization. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

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