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BCBS funding opportunity addresses health disparities upstate  

Area nonprofits can now apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Health Equity awards, which help fund health and wellness programs that address racial and ethnic health disparities in upstate New York.  

BCBS funding opportunity addresses health disparities upstate  

The application period is now open and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. 

Application proposals must include clear, defined goals for reducing health disparities and improving health equity for people that face a higher burden of health inequities and social disadvantages.  

Organizations will be required to specify how funding will measurably assist in improving racial and ethnic health equity outcomes. 

Proposals that have detailed scope, goals, rationale for support and measures will receive the strongest consideration. Award winners will be announced in mid-November. 

Health Equity categories include, but are not limited to: 

  • Reducing health disparities in racial, ethnic, LGBTQ communities, people with disabilities, people living in rural or urban communities or other groups of people that may be at a higher health risk for: 
    • Medical issues and conditions (chronic or acute); 
    • Behavioral health or mental health conditions, or 
    • Negative outcomes from the above, including death or suicide. 

“At Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the health of our communities is at the center of everything we do,” said Gina Cuyler, MD, vice president of Health Equity and Community Investments, Excellus BCBS, in a statement. “Together we can confront the crisis in health disparities, embrace and address long-standing gaps in care and bridge health equity gaps in our underserved communities.” 

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