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Lorina Marshall-Blake named “African American Leader” in Philadelphia

President of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation honored by The Philadelphia Tribune

Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Tribune selected Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, as one of the key “African American Leaders” in the Philadelphia region in recognition of her community leadership. This is the 10th consecutive year she has been recognized.

Marshall-Blake, along with approximately 100 other leaders, was honored at an awards program on September 11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The awardees were featured in Tribune Magazine published on Sunday, September 14.

As president of the Foundation, Marshall-Blake leads its strategic, programmatic, and operational efforts to fulfill its mission of transforming health care through innovation in the community. These efforts aim to care for the region’s most vulnerable, improve how health care is delivered, support innovative approaches to health care issues, and build healthier communities.

Marshall-Blake joined Independence Blue Cross in 1991 working with local, state, and federal legislators, as well as agencies, on matters relevant to Independence Blue Cross. In October of 2011, she became the president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, whose mission is to lead solutions for a healthier community.

Marshall-Blake grew up in the Philadelphia area. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from Antioch College and a master of arts in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her corporate responsibility and serving on numerous non-profit boards, Marshall-Blake serves as an associate minister at the Vine Memorial Baptist Church, and is president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Omega Omega Chapter.

The Philadelphia Tribune is the nation’s oldest and Philadelphia’s largest newspaper serving the African-American community.

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is a charitable, private foundation, whose mission is leading solutions for a healthier community. The Foundation targets the following areas of impact:

  • Securing the Blue Safety Net: Supporting private, nonprofit community health center clinics that provide access to quality, affordable healthcare in medically underserved areas.
  • Bolstering the Health Care Workforce: Strengthening the nursing, primary care, and allied health workforce through education, career development, and research.
  • Addressing Health Priorities: Collaborating with wellness partners to tackle the region’s most pressing health challenges; currently combating the obesity epidemic through the IBC Foundation Healthy Futures Initiative.
  • Building Healthy Communities: Partnering with community leaders and programs to address community health and wellness needs.

Learn more by visiting our website:  Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on Twitter and Instagram at @ibxfdn.

Media contact
Ruth Stoolman
Independence Blue Cross
215-241-4807 (office)
215-280-3335 (cell)