MEDIA ALERT

What:  It’s no secret that mental health matters now more than ever. While it has always been vital to our whole health, the pandemic has exacerbated the need for mental health services and support.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Foundation for Community & Health Advancement is investing $5 million over 3 years to mental health programs and applied research. In 2022, the Foundation will award up to $2 million in grant funding to promote positive mental health and save lives.

The Foundation is accepting mental health proposals now through this Monday, April 4, 2022, for projects that expand statewide resources, reduce stigma, and connect people to care. Potential areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Expanding access to mental health services
  • Suicide prevention
  • Youth mental health
  • Intersection of mental health and substance use disorder or health equity
  • COVID-19 effect

More details about this mental health grant opportunity are available on the Foundation website here: https://www.azbluefoundation.org/grants/overview and here: https://www.azbluefoundation.org/grants/request-process

When:         Now until this Monday, April 4, 2022, at 5 p.m. MST

Where:       To learn more about the mental health grant opportunity, visit: https://azblue.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zU42PIO_SSeclh6jCyrVRg

More:          A Q&A from a recent virtual event about the grant opportunity is available here: https://assets.website-files.com/610abaec54e4619ebee0dae3/623b7efec72c16b6d9ab7003_Bidders%20Conference%20Q%26A_032022.pdf

If you have additional questions, email: info@azbluefoundation.org

Quote:        “We’ve always had a strong commitment to improving the health of Arizonans, and the Foundation is the framework that will allow us to take that commitment one step further,” said Dr. Christine Wiggs, President and Board Chair for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Foundation for Community & Health Advancement.

Who:         The Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona Foundation for Community & Health Advancement invests in the health of Arizona by tackling mental health, substance use disorder, chronic health conditions, and health equity. A

501(c)(3) private, non-operating foundation, the Foundation works in service of the public good through grant funding for programs and applied research that align with its focus areas. The Foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is committed to helping Arizonans get healthier faster and stay healthier longer. With a mission to inspire health and make it easy, BCBSAZ offers health insurance and related services to more than 1.9 million customers. BCBSAZ, a non-profit company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The company and its subsidiaries employ more than 2,500 people in its Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Tucson offices. To learn more, visit azblue.com or connect with us on social media: Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

Media Contact:    To interview a mental health spokesperson from BCBSAZ and/or the BCBSAZ Foundation, contact Kristy Jozwiak at kristy@dualitypr.com or 602-741-5161 (mobile)

Posted by Jocelyn McAlpin