By: Anthony Matrisciano
October 10, 2012
Pictured L-R: Maternal and Family Health Services’ representatives Cindy Kennedy, director, Circle of Care & DSS Operations, and Bette Cox Saxton, president and CEO; Cynthia A. Yevich, executive director, The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania; and Lindsey Owen, MS, LSW, Maternal and Family Health Services.
Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania recently approved an $8,950 grant for Maternal and Family Health Services’ Circle of Care program in Lackawanna County.
Through the Circle of Care, Maternal and Family Health Services (MFHS) offers early prenatal care, laboratory and ultrasound tests, parenting and teen parenting support groups, nutrition information, and home health services to un/underinsured pregnant women.
More than 80% of the women served by MFHS are considered high-risk maternity clients. The grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation will enable MFHS to expand its prenatal case management program to serve an additional 200 high-risk women in the coming year.
“Prenatal support and intervention services for high-risk pregnancies are key to improving healthy outcomes for both the mother and the child,” said Bette Cox Saxton, president and CEO of MFHS. “We are grateful to The Blue Ribbon Foundation for sharing our commitment to women’s health.”
About the Blue Ribbon Foundation of BCNEPA
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.