FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2014
Community of Hope Contact: Leah Garrett, (202) 407-7780
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Contact: Sarah Wolf, 1-800-914-6394
Washington, D.C.– Leadership Greater Washington (LGW) presented Community of Hope and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield with the 2014 Innovative Community Partnership Award for their collaboration to help provide health care to residents of Washington, D.C. LGW announced the new award, sponsored by the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, at its annual spring event April 3 at the Fairmont Hotel Georgetown.
Barbara Lang, former CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce, and Julie Rogers, out-going CEO of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, also were recognized as Innovative Leaders by LGW.
CareFirst’s partnership with Community of Hope is focused on expanding access to quality, affordable health care for low-income residents in Washington, D.C. Most recently, the partnership provided medical equipment and services for Community’s Conway Health and Resource Center for about 10,000 residents of Ward 8.
Additionally, CareFirst funded Community of Hope’s transition to electronic health records, to better track patient data and ultimately become a more patient-centered organization. CareFirst also supported mothers and their infants through a breastfeeding program at the Family Health and Birth Center during its transition into the Community of Hope family. That support has ensured that 88 percent of mothers at the birth center initiate breastfeeding for their newborns at a rate much higher than the average in D.C.
Community of Hope’s President and CEO, Kelly Sweeney McShane (LGW ’06) said: “CareFirst has invested in our families and services again and again. Because of its powerful support, we have increased capacity to expand the quality and quantity of healthcare provided to low-income D.C. residents. We were honored to be recognized in the same program with such innovative leaders of Julie Rogers and Barbara Lang.”
“Partnerships with community-driven organizations like Community of Hope allow CareFirst to extend accessible and affordable health care services to thousands of individuals,” said Maria Tildon, CareFirst Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Community Affairs. “These initiatives are crucial to reaching underserved and uninsured populations, and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Community of Hope.”
Founded in 1980, Community of Hope works to improve the health and quality of life for low-income, homeless, and underserved families and individuals in the District of Columbia by providing healthcare, housing and educational opportunities. For more information about the Community of Hope, please visit http://www.communityofhopedc.org
In its 77th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In 2013, CareFirst contributed nearly $57 million to community programs designed to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our website at www.carefirst.com or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.