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The Blue Ribbon Foundation Supports
Nurse-Family Partnership in Bradford County

Nurse-Family Partnership participant Alisha Castle and her daughter, Sara VanNoy, enjoy a special moment together.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania recently awarded a $5,000 grant to Memorial Hospital in Towanda for its Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program.

NFP is a national, research-based nurse visitation program that provides health education and screenings, counseling, life skills training and other prenatal intervention to low-income expectant women or new mothers and their babies.

Weekly visits by a registered nurse ensure a safe, healthy pregnancy for at-risk moms, healthy birth weight deliveries, and quality care-giving during the first two years after birth.

One such mom is Alisha Castle of Troy, who recently acknowledged support from the Nurse-Family Partnership program by saying, "I have greatly appreciated NFP for all the knowledge and personal help that they’ve given to me as a new mother."

Data shows that NFP visits increase the percentage of full-term, healthy birth weight deliveries, increase breastfeeding and immunization rates, and decrease infant emergency room visits for injuries.

Funding from The Blue Ribbon Foundation will help the program complete visitations to 52 low-income mothers in Bradford County in the coming year.

"This program has a national track record, and we know it makes a difference," said Cynthia A. Yevich, executive director of The Blue Ribbon Foundation. "We are so pleased to partner with Memorial Hospital and help 52 families make healthy choices that will pay off in the years ahead."

About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCNEPA offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to more than 540,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. The company’s mission is to provide integrated health care services and products to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the populations it serves.

BCNEPA established its private, nonprofit Blue Ribbon Foundation in 2002 to invest in health education and prevention initiatives that produce measurable health improvements and help manage long-term health costs for the residents of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. During its first decade of service, The Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million in grant funding to 170 nonprofits to help meet the health and wellness needs of more than 186,000 at-risk individuals.

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Press Release
May 24, 2013
Contact: Jeff Russell 268-2444