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Blue Cross Grant Supports Medication Safety Education in Susquehanna County

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By: Anthony Matrisciano
August 5, 2013
Pictured in the accompanying photo is workshop participant Betty Estabrook of Montrose.

WILKES-BARRE – The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania recently awarded a $3,660.00 grant to Trehab to support medication safety education for older adults in Susquehanna County.

Statistics show that adults over 65 consume more than 30% of all medications prescribed and purchase 40% of all over-the-counter medications. Medication safety education can help older adults reduce the chance of misuse and negative interactions which can result in emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and increased health care costs.

Thanks to The Blue Ribbon Foundation’s grant, Trehab’s Medication Safety Education Program will be offered at no cost to 300 seniors and 50 caregivers at 12 senior centers and nursing homes across the county in the coming year. Workshops led by Trehab’s certified education specialists will address topics such as safe and appropriate medication practices, recognizing common side effects and how to reduce or avoid medication errors.

Montrose Square Apartments resident Betty Estabrook recently participated in a workshop at that location.  “The workshop was very informative and I appreciated the tips we received to help avoid a medication error,” said Betty.

"This grant is a great example of how The Blue Ribbon Foundation continues to address some of the most pressing health issues faced by older adults," said Cynthia A. Yevich, The Foundation’s executive director.

For more information, Susquehanna County residents can contact Trehab staff at (570) 570-278-5221.

About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) 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.