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angle-left Excellus BlueCross BlueShield makes $95,000 in Community Health Awards available to nonprofits in upstate New York

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield makes $95,000 in Community Health Awards available to nonprofits in upstate New York

For Immediate Release:  2018-01-16

Contact:  Liz Martin, (315) 671-6408

Nonprofit organizations in the Central New York region are invited to apply for grants

Nonprofit organizations in upstate New York can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award grants that add up to a total of $95,000, which the company is offering to help fund health and wellness programs in upstate New York.

Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations in Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s 31-county upstate New York region are invited to apply for an award of up to $4,000 each. The award can be used for programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population. Programs that improve the health status of the community, reduce the incidence of specific diseases, promote health education and further overall wellness will be considered.

The deadline to submit an application to be considered for an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award is Monday, Feb. 19. To access additional information and the online application, go to www.excellusbcbs.com/community. Awards will be announced in March.

“The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Jim Reed, regional president, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in upstate New York.”

Last year, eight Central New York organizations were selected as Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award winners from among 200 submitted applications in the 31-county upstate New York region. The winning Syracuse-based organizations included Brady Faith Center, Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, Home HeadQuarters, Liberty Resources, REACH CNY and Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility. Calvary Food Pantry in Auburn and McGraw Lions Club, McGraw, were also 2017 Community Health Award winners.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield divides its 31-county upstate New York operating area into four regions: the Central New York region, which includes Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego and Tompkins counties; the Central New York Southern Tier region, including Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Tioga, Schuyler and Steuben counties; the Rochester region, encompassing Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties; and the Utica region, comprising Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and St. Lawrence counties.

The company’s corporate giving follows all applicable laws and regulations and does not support funding organizations that conflict with its corporate mission, goals, policies or products.

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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a nonprofit health plan with 1.5 million upstate New York members. The company's mission is to help people live healthier and more secure lives through access to high-quality, affordable health care. Its products and services include cost-saving prescription drug discounts, wellness tracking tools and access to telemedicine. With more than 3,500 employees, the company is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce to foster innovation and better serve its members. It also encourages employees to engage in their communities by providing paid volunteer time off as one of many benefits. To learn more, visit ExcellusBCBS.com.