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The Blue Ribbon Foundation Supports Head Start Screenings in Pike County

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May 23, 2013
Pictured at one of the participating locations in Scranton, the South Side 5 Head Start Center, are: Front row, L-R, pre-school students Carmela Cordero, Nickolai Dudick, Luca Kopko, and Julia Policastro; Standing, L-R, Jennifer R. Deemer, grant and program specialist, The Blue Ribbon Foundation; Ann Lynady, Center Director, Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency; and Sharon Kelly, teacher, South Side 5 Head Start Center.

Wilkes-Barre, PA — Recent funding from The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania will help provide lead and anemia screenings for pre-school children at 30 Head Start Centers across four counties, including Pike County.

The Foundation recently approved a $9,919 grant to the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency for the program.  An estimated 1,200 youngsters will be screened in the coming year, and participants identified with elevated lead levels and/or anemia will be referred for intervention.

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.