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February 27, 2017                                      CONTACT:  Marcie Dearth

                                                                        PHONE:  407.637.0374

                                                                        EMAIL:  mdearth@impowerfl.org

  IMPOWER, INC. AWARDED THREE-YEAR GRANT FROM FLORIDA BLUE FOUNDATION TO LAUNCH HEALTH INITIATIVE IN OSCEOLA COUNTY

ORLANDO, Fla – IMPOWER, Inc., a nonprofit, Orlando-based mental health and child well-being organization, has been awarded a three-year grant totaling $221,528 from the Florida Blue Foundation to launch its Health Advocacy Services (H.A.S.) Pilot Project in Osceola County, announced President/CEO Anna M. Baznik. IMPOWER is one of 10 Florida community-based health nonprofits that will share $2.5 million in funding from the Florida Blue Foundation to enable them to deliver creative and effective ways to improve health care for underserved, underinsured and low-income individuals across the state.

IMPOWER’s Health Advocacy Services (H.A.S.) Pilot Project is designed to empower clients with co-occurring mental and medical needs to better manage their own care and improve their overall wellness. The project will target Medicaid-eligible clients in IMPOWER’s Osceola County Outpatient office.

“This grant funding will give us an exciting opportunity to implement and refine a model for more timely, cost-effective care of vulnerable clients by increasing their physical activity, healthy eating and access to routine health care and self-management,” said IMPOWER President/CEO Anna M. Baznik. Targeted clients will each be assigned a health advocate who will work closely with them and the health professionals assigned to their care with the goal of increasing their capacity to self-advocate and make more informed decisions to best meet their health-related needs.

IMPOWER intends to use the lessons learned and outcomes achieved from this pilot project to replicate the service model at other IMPOWER outpatient sites in Central Florida, according to Baznik.

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About IMPOWER, Inc.

Established in 1994 as Intervention Services, IMPOWER is rooted in the Central Florida community with established service offices in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Brevard

Counties. IMPOWER has extensive experience working within mental and behavioral health and child welfare to include Dependency Case Management, Foster Care, Adoptions, Intake and Placement, Independent Living, Community Mental Health, Outpatient Psychiatric Treatment, and Telehealth virtual services. IMPOWER is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and all of its programs adhere to rigorous professional and service delivery standards of quality. The agency is focused on ensuring the stability of children, youth and their families and the importance of providing services in community settings.

About Florida Blue Foundation

Florida Blue Foundation enables healthy communities by making grants, building coalitions and rewarding best practices. More than three million people in Florida have received direct health services as a result of grants made to nonprofit organizations since its founding in 2001.  Florida Blue Foundation is a trade name of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, Inc.  For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.bluefoundationfl.com.

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