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Blue Fund awards $460,000 to Capital Region organizations

Pictured from left are Keith Dolan, Regional Executive, BlueShield; Heather Richards, Chief Human Resources Officer, Coarc; Mary Anne VanDenburgh, President, Coarc Board of Directors; Danielle Palleschi, Community Coordinator, Coarc; Dr. Tom Schenk, SVP, Chief Medical Officer, BlueShield.
November 8, 2019 11:32 am

LATHAM — BlueShield of Northeastern New York has awarded $460,000 in grants to three major health-based projects across the Capital Region that will have a positive impact on behavioral health, cardiovascular health, diabetes, health-care workforce development and healthy children.

These grants follow a $327,000 investment from the Blue Fund in 2018 that supported two organizations and projects that have already benefitted the community, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady “Positive Behavioral Invention Services Program” and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County “Supporting Healthy Youth and Families Initiative.”

These grants were awarded in addition to the health plan’s current corporate partnerships and sponsorships, which saw investments of more than $300,000 in the community in 2018.

Below are the recipients of the 2019 Blue Fund awards

Albany County Department of Health: $150,000

Project: Developing Community Partnerships to Prevent Diabetes

This program will help reduce the number of residents with prediabetes while addressing health equity issues. Using the Four Pillars of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, this initiative makes it easier for people with prediabetes to access evidence-based and affordable lifestyle change programs. The Albany County Department of Health and community partners will implement strategies and contribute resources.

Coarc: $185,000

Project: Weaving Wellness

This program will expand opportunities for staff development, enhance benefits, promote wellness, and empower people with disabilities to participate in and contribute to their communities. Employees will also have access to free virtual behavioral health services to help balance work-life challenges. These wellness spaces and class offerings will further educate and empower employees and individuals while building relationships.

The Foundation of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital: $125,000

Project: Spur of the Saranac River Trail Greenway

This project will include a series of public outdoor physical activity stations that will also serve mental, emotional, and behavioral clients of Behavioral Health Services North program. Construction will also take place on a fenced-in soccer field that will be used as a skating rink in the winter.