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On Point for College receives Community Health Award

Posted 9/23/22

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently awarded On Point for College Utica a Community Health Award of $4,000 to support their Excellus Scholars Emergency Support Services.

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On Point for College receives Community Health Award

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UTICA — Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently awarded On Point for College Utica a Community Health Award of $4,000 to support their Excellus Scholars Emergency Support Services. This program will provide access and success services to help students enroll in, persist in and graduate from college.

On Point helps students overcome barriers to pursue higher education and obtain careers as nurses, physicians, CNAs, therapists, medical interpreters and other healthcare professionals.

“We help lower-income, first generation students believe that college is possible,” On Point for College Utica Director Kevin Marken explained. “This funding will allow us to provide 20 On Point students, who are currently enrolled in college and pursuing studies in a healthcare field, the services necessary to persist and graduate.

These new healthcare professionals will have the potential to improve the health and wellbeing of those in our community.”

The mission of On Point for College is to break down barriers that prevent young, under-served individuals from achieving education and career success. On Point for College strives to transform communities by making college, training and career success a reality for those who face great obstacles.

With offices in Syracuse and Utica, the organization serves youth in Onondaga, Cayuga, Oswego, Cortland, Madison, Oneida and Herkimer counties.

Through a competitive application process, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Community Health Awards provide funding to launch, expand and sustain programs and services that promote health.

These investments advance health equity by extending the reach of preventive health services or health-promoting programs to vulnerable populations.

The health plan’s corporate giving follows all applicable laws and regulations and does not support funding organizations that conflict with its corporate mission, goals, policies or products.

“The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Eve Van de Wal, Utica regional president of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Its Utica region encompasses Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and St. Lawrence counties. Van de Wal said they recognize that addressing social determinants of health, such as education, are vital to the health and wellbeing of area communities.

“We are pleased to support On Point for College Utica with this essential funding to help remove barriers to education for those in our community and help create opportunities for students to enter into the healthcare field,” she said.

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