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Monday, December 06, 2021

Highmark Delaware highlights over a decade of community partnerships to improve health

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware and Delaware Community Foundation  release 2008-2020 BluePrints for the Community Impact Report

Wilmington, Del. (December 6, 2021) – Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware and Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) recently released “The Power of Giving: a report on the impact of the BluePrints for the Community grants 2008-2020,” detailing 12 years of community partnerships and investments. The report can also be viewed at www.highmark.com/blueprints.

Established as a donor-advised fund in 2007, BluePrints for the Community granted more than $16 million through 2020 and has committed over $22 million to date. More than 200 community-based partners and nonprofits have received awards to address social determinants of health, reduce health disparities in minority communities, increase access to healthcare for the uninsured and underserved, recruit and train healthcare professionals, and support early childhood and youth development and wellness.

“The work of BluePrints for the Community is a truly collaborative effort that relies on collective input and meaningful relationships,” said Nick Moriello, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. “We could not make this kind of impact without the philanthropic expertise of DCF, diverse insights and volunteered time of our BluePrints for the Community Advisory Council, or the unwavering support of the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware’s Board of Directors. Most of all, we rely on the knowledge, experience and leadership of our many wonderful grant partners who know best what is needed in the communities they serve.”

The report highlights the tremendous work, innovative approaches, and compassion, that Delaware community-based organizations are exemplifying throughout the state.

“From a thoughtfully designed application to the inclusion of external community members in the review process, to meaningful partnership beyond just financial support, BluePrints for the Community is dedicated to lasting improvements in health for Delawareans,” said Rita Landgraf, BluePrints for the Community Advisory Council chair. “We are proud to share this report in recognition of our colleagues who are creating a healthy and thriving Delaware.”

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware serves approximately 441,000 members through the company’s health care benefits business. It is an influential company in the market generating an economic impact of $135 million and supporting more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs across the state. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmarkbcbsde.com.

About BluePrints for the Community
BluePrints for the Community, the donor-advised fund of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware at the Delaware Community Foundation, has contributed over $21 million to the community since its inception in 2007. It was established to serve Delawareans, with emphasis on, but not limited to, the needs of the uninsured and underserved, and to reduce health care disparities in minority population and address social determinants of health. Learn more at www.highmark.com/blueprints. 

For more information, contact

Denée Crumrine
Highmark Delaware
410-322-5874
Denee.Crumrine@highmarkhealth.org