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Florida Blue Foundation Announces 2019 Sapphire Awards Nominations Open

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09/20/2018

The Florida Blue Foundation has posted nomination applications for the 2019 Sapphire Awards - Recognizing Excellence and Innovation in Community Health.  The receiptants will receive recognition at the 2019 Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards, May 9-10, 2019 being held at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Conference Center.

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Children lacking health insurance up slightly

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06/07/2018

While Florida has made strides in reducing the number of uninsured children, a national health-care expert warned Thursday that those gains are likely stalling, and she put part of the blame on increased scrutiny of immigration status. This is the summary from the recent webinar.
 

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34th Annual Florida Literacy Conference to be Held in Central Florida May 9-11

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05/04/2018

The Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) will be hosting the 34th Annual Florida Literacy Conference next week at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. This premier three-day literacy event offers adult and family literacy practitioners, volunteers and adult learners the opportunity to develop new skills and strategies to boost learning outcomes. The conference will include a wide range of sessions presented by local, state and national adult literacy educators.

During this event, Florida Blue Foundation will also be announcing 2018 health literacy grant that will be awarded to 14 Florida organizations. Another highlight will include FLC's Annual Meeting, in which the 2018 Adult Learner Essay Book, On Our Way, will be unveiled

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New program aims to help senior citizens combat loneliness

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03/21/2018

To begin this new program, the Tallahassee Senior Center received a $221,000 grant from the Florida Blue Foundation. The center will be able to partner with organizations in the community to get senior citizens socially active in the program.

There will be activities such as outreach visits, counseling sessions and support-style chat groups available for senior citizens to receive health and wellness tips and opportunities for them to be able to be involved within the community.

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Hunger, poverty, crime and drug addiction the focus of Florida Blue Foundation's Community Health Symposium

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03/15/2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nationally known speakers will address how communities can work to overcome hunger, poverty, hate, the opioid drug crisis and other problems at the Florida Blue Foundation's "Big Issues in Health" Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards. The annual event will take place May 3-4 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla.

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Hillsborough Program Focuses on Frequent Users of EMS System

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03/11/2018

The pilot program was made possible by a $285,000 grant from the Florida Blue Foundation to advance innovative programs for under-served populations and provide access to non-traditional health services. The pilot program is designed to holistically care for the medical, behavioral and social needs ...

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New Project to Find and Help Isolated Seniors

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01/19/2018

An unknown number of Tallahassee seniors may be living in lonely isolation and just one misfortune away from tragedy. The city’s Senior Center now has the resources to identify and help those shut-ins.

The Florida Blue Foundation, the charitable arm of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida, has given the Center a $221,000 grant. The Center’s Health and Wellness Coordinator Ruth Nickens said it will support a project called “UPSLIDE”, which stands for Utilizing and Promoting Social engagement for Loneliness, Isolation and Depression in the Elderly.

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Prospera Honors Successful Hispanic Business Owners

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10/27/2017

Three Tampa Bay business owners were honored at the 2017 Prospera Success Stories Luncheon. Four hundred attendees—including Prospera clients and volunteers, government, business and community leaders---gathered to celebrate Hispanic entrepreneurship and raise funds that help sustain programs delivered for free to entrepreneurs throughout the year. Besides reiterating their gratitude to sponsors, Prospera's leaders emphasized the importance of small businesses and the positive impact of Hispanic entrepreneurs in our economy.

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Advocates cite statistics to say poverty is being reduced in South St. Pete

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10/10/2017

Since its inception, the 2020 Plan and its partners have raised $8.1 million through a combination of grants, private investment, and donations. Among those who have invested in the program include the United Way Suncoast, Mt. Zion Progressive, Pinellas Opportunity Council, Florida Blue Foundation, Allegheny Franciscan Ministries, Bon Secours, the Tampa Bay Rays, and Tampa Black Business Investment Corp, among others.

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Women's Center of Jacksonville expands with literacy classes, GED preparation

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10/06/2017

The women are part of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville’s newly expanded Expanded Horizons program, which teaches basic literacy, pre-GED, GED, English for Speakers of Other Languages, computer literacy and workplace readiness. The General Educational Development tests are designed to measure high school equivalency.

Expanded Horizons is funded through The Jim Moran Foundation, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Florida Blue Foundation, Lucky’s Market and individual contributions. There are two full-time staff, two part-time instructors and 26 active volunteers.

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More than $2 million raised for Florida First Coast Relief Fund

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09/14/2017

Jacksonville’s business and philanthropic community has pledged more than $2 million to help with recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The money will go to Florida's First Coast Relief Fund, established in 2016 in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan announced Tuesday he was giving $1 million to the fund. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has donated $500,000 and the Mayo Clinic is giving $250,000. The hospital is donating an additional $500,000 for other Irma relief efforts.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc., also known as Florida Blue, also is supporting statewide recovery efforts with a $1 million donation. Of that, $100,000 will go to the fund. Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Baptist Health, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the United Way of Northeast Florida also made contributions totaling $300,000.

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Learn to Read receives $5K health literacy grant

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08/14/2017

Learn to Read of St. Johns County was awarded a one-year, $5,000 grant in July from Florida Blue Foundation and the Florida Literacy Coalition.

The funds will be used to implement a health literacy program to benefit its English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) classes.

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