The Florida Blue Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Jacksonville-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, has announced grants totaling more than $9 million in support of innovation in the healthcare system, consumer health initiatives, improved patient care, and substance abuse treatment.
Three- and four-year grants were awarded to thirty-one nonprofits across the state for a variety of projects, including home-based care for frail seniors, enabling mobile care in areas devastated by Hurricane Michael in 2018, delivering crisis counseling services to youth via text, using virtual reality to help youth address stressors in their lives in a safe space, providing health literacy in multiple languages, and training community organization staff to provide mental health first aid.
"We are increasingly encouraged by the number of nonprofits that are reaching individuals and families across the state, even in some of the most rural areas," said Florida Blue Foundation vice president Susan Towler. "A trend we see is an increase in meeting people where they are and providing needed healthcare services to those who may otherwise not receive them because of a lack of transportation and other issues facing our most vulnerable. These programs will ensure that thousands of citizens will be served."