Leah Eby, Growing Up Healthy
(507) 664-3527, Leah@growinguphealthy.org
Julie Ann Eastling, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
(651) 662-6574, Julie_A_Eastling@bluecrossmn.com
Growing Up Healthy awarded grant through the Blue Cross Foundation
Grant helps create greater health equity in the community
NORTHFIELD, Minn. (July 7, 2015) — Growing Up Healthy received a $59,500 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help more community members reach their full health potential. The funds will be used to continue Growing Up Healthy’s social capital development work in five low-income neighborhoods in Rice County. The work will empower groups of leaders from historically marginalized communities to better advocate for their peers and foster important connections both within and beyond their neighborhoods.
Growing Up Healthy is a program under the organizational umbrella of the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) and works in close partnership with Rice County’s largest social service, educational, and health organizations.
The Growing Up Healthy grant is one of 24 awarded across the state through the Foundation’s “Healthy Communities: Health Equity in Action” initiative. The projects all focus on one or more of the following social or economic factors that have a great influence on health: education, employment, income, family and social support or community safety. A total of $1.5 million was awarded.
“We’re pleased to support the great work of Growing Up Healthy — a community asset that is truly making a difference in helping people have better options for good health,” said Foundation Executive Director Carolyn Link. “Growing Up Healthy demonstrates a commitment to broadening the way we look at health.”
“This grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation allows Growing Up Healthy to continue the powerful work it is doing in neighborhoods in Northfield and Faribault,” said Erin Bailey, Community Services Director for Northfield Public Schools and Growing Up Healthy Advisory Board co-chair. “The Northfield Public Schools is excited to continue to be a Growing Up Healthy partner as they support children and families in Rice County.”
For more information on Blue Cross’ grantmaking programs, visit bcbsmnfoundation.org or call (651) 662-3950 or toll free at 1-866-812-1593.
Growing Up Healthy works with partner organizations and immigrant and refugee families to transform communities through cultivating neighborhood leadership, fostering community connectedness, and collectively advocating for change in neighborhoods and systems.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation exclusively dedicates its assets to improving health in Minnesota, awarding nearly $41.5 million since it was established in 1986. The Foundation’s purpose is to make a healthy difference in communities by advancing health equity and improving the conditions where people live, learn, work and play.