Twelve Nonprofits Awarded $580,000 Through The Blue Cross Foundation
Connect for Health builds connections in communities
September 17, 2013
EAGAN – The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation awarded 12 Minnesota nonprofits a total of $580,000 for projects that connect people with diverse groups and networks to create healthier communities.
“More than a decade of research shows that people with strong, positive social relationships live longer, are less likely to be depressed and generally are healthier,” said Carolyn Link, executive director of the Foundation. “These projects will help residents of communities across the state build connections and strengthen networks, which enables groups to work together to tackle common concerns or achieve shared goals.”
The organizations include:
Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, Minneapolis
Casa de Esperanza, St. Paul
Greater Frogtown Community Development Corporation, St. Paul
Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research, Minneapolis (HACER)
Hope Community Inc., Minneapolis
Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis
Minnesota Council of Churches, Mankato
Native American Community Development Institute, Minneapolis
Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, Northfield
Northland Foundation, Duluth
Organizing Apprenticeship Project, Minneapolis
Project for Pride in Living, Minneapolis
An additional grant of $100,000 was awarded to the Trust for Public Land in Minneapolis to work with Juxtaposition Arts on a community-driven, creative placemaking project in North Minneapolis. The grants are part of a larger health equity initiative that seeks to ensure that all Minnesotans have an equal opportunity to be healthy regardless of income, education, race and other socioeconomic factors that affect health.
For more information on Blue Cross’ grantmaking programs, visit bcbsmnfoundation.org or call (651) 662-3950 or toll free at 1-866-812-1593.
About Blue Crossa 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 $34 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 (bluecrossmn.com), 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.
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