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Letter to the Editor Announces 2013 Blue Ribbon Foundation Annual Report Now Available Online

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By: Cynthia A. Yevich Executive Director
January 20, 2014

Dear Editor:

The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that our 2013 Annual Report is now available on our website at

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania established its private, non-profit Blue Ribbon Foundation in 2002 to invest in health and wellness initiatives throughout northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.

In more than a decade of service, The Foundation awarded nearly $10 million in grant funding to 190 nonprofits to help meet the health and wellness needs of more than 191,000 at-risk individuals.

In 2013, we awarded grants to 27 organizations for health-related projects that are producing real results.

Last year, for example, in the Greater Wilkes-Barre area, our partners included:

  • Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind, which will provide free eye health education and vision screenings to 360 older adults across four counties, including Luzerne.
  • Volunteers in Medicine, which will expand the hours of its professional staff and purchase the supplies needed to serve 500 additional uninsured adults at its dental clinic.
  • North Penn Legal Services, which will conduct free workshops to educate 250 seniors and caregivers about the signs of elder abuse.
  • Misericordia University, which will conduct hearing screenings for 300 preschool children at Head Start Centers across Luzerne County.
  • United Way of Wyoming Valley, which will continue to provide much-needed health and human services programs to area residents.

These partners and others recognize the value of preventing rather than treating disease, and are helping to turn the tide on many of today’s most pressing – and most costly – health issues.

We remain committed to our mission of helping people live healthier lives, and we’re privileged to support the work of so many dedicated organizations.


Cynthia A. Yevich
Executive Director
The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
(570) 200-6301