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Monday, June 13, 2022

Highmark Delaware to support initiatives addressing homelessness and maternal substance use disorder

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware awards $1.2 million to four organizations through BluePrints for the Community grants

Wilmington, Del. (June 13, 2022) – Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is pleased to share its second quarter BluePrints for the Community grantees, which will collectively receive more than $1.2 million funding. BluePrints for the Community has now committed over $3 million 2022.

“We are consistently impressed each quarter with the grant proposals we receive. To all our nonprofit and community partners, we express our gratitude for the work you are doing to improve the health of Delaware,” said Rita Landgraf, chair of the Blueprints for the Community Advisory Council.

United Way of Delaware will receive funding to support its health equity project aimed at collecting, analyzing and leveraging data to better identify needs and solutions. Partners for Justice was awarded a grant for non-attorney client advocates who provide wrap around support for justice-involved individuals needing health and social services assistance. Additionally, The Springboard Collaborative was approved funding to support the Georgetown Pallet Shelter Village initiative to help address homelessness in that area.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is also pleased to partner with Gaudenzia in bringing a first of its kind facility to Delaware. Their substance use disorder (SUD) treatment center for pregnant and parenting women and their children will be in Claymont. 

“Our community-based partners continue to enhance or design solutions that our state needs in addressing the myriad of health challenges that Delawareans experience,” said Nick Moriello, President of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. “We look forward to improving health for as many people as possible thanks to their leadership and commitment.”

BluePrints for the Community supports project and programs throughout Delaware that improve health outcomes. Applications for grants are accepted on a quarterly basis at All Delaware 501c3 organizations are eligible to submit proposals that address social determinants of health, increase access to health care for the uninsured/underserved, reduce health disparities in minority communities, support early childhood health, or recruit/train health care professionals.

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 

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 $19 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

For more information, contact:

Denée Crumrine
Highmark Delaware