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Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware awards $350,000 in community grants

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. (Jan. 22, 2016) — Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware recently awarded four grants, totaling $350,000, through its BluePrints for the Community (BP4C) grant program.

"Supporting a healthier Delaware has always been our top priority, and the organizations receiving these grants have a proven track record of making a positive impact in our communities," said Tim Constantine, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. "Highmark Delaware is proud to support their important work."

Highmark Delaware established BP4C in 2007 as a donor-advised fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages and administers charitable funds throughout the state. The program supports nonprofit organizations focused on four key areas: increasing access to care for Delaware's uninsured and underserved populations; reducing health care disparities in minority communities; supporting early childhood development and recruiting and training health care professionals.

Since its inception in 2007 the BluePrints for the Community grant program has awarded 69 grants, totaling more than $10.7 million, to 50 organizations. As a result, more than 84,000 individuals have been able to access affordable, high-quality health care — including prenatal and mental health services — and health information. BluePrints grants have created more than 160 full- or part-time jobs and provided additional training for more than 2,700 health care professionals and volunteers.

January 2016 grant recipients include:

  • Food Bank of Delaware — $45,000
    • The Food Bank of Delaware will use this grant to support their backpack program that provides food to low income children over weekends and holidays when school is not in session and federal school meal programs are not available. Children participating in the program rely on the meals provided during school hours and have limited access to adequate nutrition until the next school day.
  • Jewish Family Services — $100,000
    • Jewish Family Services (JFS) is expanding their outreach to Sussex County. This grant will support JFS's new facility in Lewes. The expansion will improve access to quality mental health and support services for children, adults, seniors and families in Sussex County.
  • Sussex County Health Coalition — $95,000
    • This grant will support the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Mental Health Collaborative within five school districts in Sussex County. The collaborative will work to increase early identification of students with mental health needs, develop consistent referral mechanisms for early mental health interventions and increase access to service providers through a nationally recognized, school-based model.
  • Wesley College — $110,000
    • This grant will provide funds for equipment and operations to establish the first Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy in the state of Delaware. The initial class of students will be welcomed in fall 2016 and graduates will help to meet the demand for this rapidly growing health profession.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. With nearly 80 years of service, Highmark Delaware offers a comprehensive portfolio of health benefits products to 330,000 members. Highmark Delaware is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:
Matt Stehl
Highmark Delaware