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SCENE: B. PHL Happened A Few Highlights

Michael Vennera, IBX, Dave Silver, Amplify Philly and Michelle FreemanWitty Gritty did a fantastic job producing B. PHL 2022. The flow of the programs were seamless. This is a must do for you in 2023 to gain knowledge and network.

I first attended B. PHL in 2019. I describe it as similar to a think tank where creators, connectors, business leaders, entrepreneurs share advice and ideas on how to better understand connectives with each other, business as well as how to help the community together. I really enjoy attending it, and always leave inspired.

Dr. Philip McCallion, director of the School of Social Work at Temple University; Dr. Chidinma Nwakanma, Penn Medicine emergency medicine physician. Dr. Jerome Adams, former U.S. Surgeon General; Independence President and CEO Greg E. Deavens

B. PHL was founded and created by Independence Blue Cross in 2019 to create meaningful connections locally and globally between people and organizations doing innovative work and igniting new ideas to inspire change makers of the future.

I spent the first day at B.PHL specifically attending the following talks

The Intersection of Health and Gun Violence
Sept. 9, 10:55 to 11:55 a.m. | In-Person at Location 215 and streamed virtually
Independence President and CEO Greg E. Deavens will moderate a discussion about the effects of gun violence on physical and mental health. Panelists will include Dr. Jerome Adams, former U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. Philip McCallion, director of the School of Social Work at Temple University; and Dr. Chidinma Nwakanma, Penn Medicine emergency medicine physician.

It was a really good session, I heard compelling solutions for building a foundation to curb gun violence. One standout was “Clean and Green”. Cleaning neighborhood blocks, cleaning up graffiti, tearing down abandoned buildings. Creating pride in a neighborhood. Seeking volunteers from all over the region to help achieve these goals. It benefits us all, and we all do want to find a solution.

Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia, owner and principal of the Sophia Consulting Firm; Independence’s Executive Director of Health Equity Dr. Seun Ross , Dr. Frank Franklin, Deputy Health Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Health and senior program manager of the Field Building and Resources department at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers.

Social Determinants of Mental Health
Sept. 9, 12 to 12:45 p.m. | In-Person at Location 215 and streamed virtually
Independence’s Executive Director of Health Equity Dr. Seun Ross will participate in a panel discussion about the social factors that have been linked to mental health. She will join Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia, owner and principal of the Sophia Consulting Firm; Dr. Frank Franklin, Deputy Health Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Health and senior program manager of the Field Building and Resources department at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers.

A great session focusing on authenticity, and representation. Understanding social trauma, and triggers which occur in our lives, lessening the impact on children. Do they really need to watch the news? Being aware of how news affects their mental health.

(Which reminds me the Phila Out of the Darkness Walk is October 2)

Independence’s Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer Crystal Ashbywill be part of a panel addressing the future of the workplace (2nd from left). Campus Philly President Dr. Jen Kebea (r)

This was a fascinating session The Future of Work: Where, Why, and How Gen Z Wants to Work, with a packed house of Gen Z’s. Gone are the days of workers really committing their entire lives to a 9 to 5 that later turned into 60 hr weeks. Maybe it was the pandemic pause, where people realized there was more to work than giving your entire life over to your job. Another thing I heard was when people worked from home, they were working more than when they were in the office. There wasn’t anything going on to distract most people, especially Gen Z. The computer was right there in there living space. People tended to work longer hours. Creating burn out.

The conversation turned to Quiet Quitting, which I misunderstood before this session. I thought it was only not giving a job a 110 percent effort. That might be part of it, but for the other part, who knew I had already done 15 years ago. It’s working your 9 to 5, then delving into your creative side, like starting a blog and covering events after work. That’s what I did, to create a more exciting, purposeful life for me. These days with TikTok, doing it for the gram or taking night classes, creating and selling your art or whatever, that is part of quiet quitting. It’s not just stepping back from grueling work, and becoming a couch potato. It’s finding your passion. Now your passion, can be your work. Which was definitely my case before the pandemic.

(But now my new quiet quitting is making time to enjoy life and working less.)

I did enjoy what Independence’s Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer Crystal Ashby had to say. She really understands the work place, and stated that at IBX they have 4 generations working for them, and they must understand how to work with them, what their needs are, stressing now with post pandemic life what does that mean, will workers be more productive in a hybrid situation, exploring ideas on transportation issues, office set ups and breaks during the day. Ashby knows that most workers want connections to co-workers, celebrating each others milestones is important to the office culture and a feeling of connectivity, and they enjoy working with their employees to create a harmonious work place.

I’m always curious about what the generations are: Baby Boomers (born 1946–1964) Generation X (born 1965–1980) Millennials (born 1981–1995) Generation Z (born 1996–2010)

I can assure you as someone who worked in the office culture for 25 years before becoming PCC, this is a new idea of thinking, and welcomed. I like the post pandemic world.

Check out the B.PHL Youtube Page for a few videos of last weeks events, and stay tuned for more uploads. AND don’t miss next year’s B.PHL. You’ll thank me!

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IBC Foundation Supports Back to School

Pictured left to right: Philadelphia School District Superintendent Tony Watlington, President Lorina Marshall-Blake, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney at the launch event for the 2022 Back to School Tour.

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) President Lorina Marshall-Blake joined Philadelphia School District Superintendent Tony Watlington and Mayor Jim Kenney at the Northeast High School Sports Complex on August 5 to promote the District’s Back-to-School Tour.

Funded in part by the Foundation, the Tour will provide critical back-to-school information, free school supplies, and other student and family services, including free required childhood immunizations. The Foundation’s support underscores its focus on promoting greater health equity in our region, especially for youth in vulnerable parts in the city. The Foundation supported the first Tour in 2021.

Also onsite was the Eagles Eye Mobile, a long-time Foundation grant recipient, which has visited approximately 120 schools across the Greater Philadelphia area since 1996. The program provides free vision screenings, eye exams, and prescription glasses accessible to under-insured and uninsured children.
President Lorina Marshall-Blake, Independence Blue Cross Foundation handing out backpacks to kids. Pink and Black were big requests.
Thanks to everyone involved in this program, helping children and families get ready for a new school year. Thanks Independence Blue Cross Foundation for being a sponsor.

It was a sweet day for all those involved. Welcome Back to School, teachers start Wednesday and children on Monday. Also the Office of Children and Families (OCF) provided an update on Out-of-School Time (OST) and other programming in advance of the return to school.

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IBX Foundation Collaborates with Temple University to Create a Pathway to Nursing for Students of Color

CEO Greg Deavens, (on right) Temple president Jason Wingard with IBC Foundation Healthcare Scholars, (l to r) Hannah Mahler Sakeesha Similien, Jamirah Branch, and Justine Jones.

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) announced new grant funding for a collaboration with Temple University’s College of Public Health and Department of Nursing to create a direct pathway to nursing from high school to college for students of color. The IBC Foundation Healthcare Scholars Pipeline Program will provide full four-year scholarships, which cover tuition and educational expenses, for students of color pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Temple University.

Dr. Lorina MarshallBlake, President of the IBC Foundation

The program will:
 Provide full 4-year academic scholarships for up to 20 students of color to pursue a Bachelor of
Science in Nursing degree from Temple
 Support students through learning communities, tutoring, and additional academic resources
 Offer mentorship and experiential learning opportunities for high school students to raise awareness of
nursing as a career and help them meet Temple admissions criteria
 Provide job placements within Temple University Health System upon graduation

Gregory E. Deavens, Independence Blue Cross president and CEO. “Independence is a champion of health equity and social change, ta

“A diverse nursing workforce is essential to providing culturally competent care in communities of color, so we must make sure nursing education is an option for all who want to enter the career,” said Gregory E. Deavens, Independence Blue Cross president and CEO. “Independence is a champion of health equity and social change, tackling challenges through partnerships like the Healthcare Scholars Pipeline Program. We are proud to work with Temple University and Philadelphia-area high schools to launch this program and mark another milestone in our twenty-year journey of support for nursing.”

Dr. Jason Wingard, president of Temple University.

“We’re immensely grateful to have the Independence Blue Cross Foundation as a partner in this important endeavor,” said Dr. Jason Wingard, president of Temple University. “Through this collaboration, our College of Public Health will facilitate the development of a pipeline of highly-talented and diverse nurses. The importance of intentionally targeting these frontline practitioners is crucial given the current complexities of the healthcare system. So, we’re excited to collaborate with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to enhance equity and access of training in support of preparing a best-in-class workforce.”

Steve Fera is executive vice president of public affairs at Independence Blue Cross (Independence).

Senator Christine Tartaglione, Councilperson Shariff Street, Councilperson Cindy Bass, with teachers, mentors, and students from Temple

In addition to full scholarships, students will receive academic support including paid internships, learning communities and mentorships to further support their undergraduate nursing experience and academic achievement. The initial cohort will include five students from north Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhood high schools and will later expand to additional schools and up to 20 students.

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This and That: IBX Buys Building; Popular Philly Insta Gal Sky Dives, Feast Well Foods Lobster Bake

Hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Fourth of July weekend. I escaped to Cape May, which I will write more about later this week. It was the first time in decades when I left town. Even before I was PhillyChitChat I stayed in town to enjoy our activities. Let’s chit chat about this and that.

Last week I shot the announcement and a key exchange celebrating Independence
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Independence Health Group (“Independence”) announced that it has completed the purchase of its corporate headquarters located at 1901 Market Street in Center City Philadelphia. The purchase builds upon Independence’s ongoing commitment to the Greater Philadelphia region and continued investment in the West Market Street neighborhood. In addition to 1901 Market Street, Independence’s Center City campus includes a leased state-of-the-art customer service call center at 1900 Market Street and Independence LIVE, an award-winning customer experience center at 1919 Market Street, which connects to the company’s headquarters via a courtyard that is open to the community.

Mayor Jim Kenney greets Dan Hilferty, CEO, Independence Health Group with what will now be the norm handshake going forward.

Sheila Hess, City Rep and Brian Tierney, chief executive officer of Brian Communications whose client is Independence, This week in the Phila Biz Journal, their offices are featured.

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Congrats to Fabiana Ferrarini Creator of “QueenWarrior” Workout who went sky diving for her birthday this weekend. She’s super inspirational and g good follow.

Design by Sara Brown, Misha Kachman, Matt Saunders

In this age of comminicable diseases so many business are hurting, as well as arts & culture. Last week the Wilma is thinking outside of the box you could say. The Wilma, seeking to reopen in Philadelphia, says it will erect a new seating structure in which every party is in its own separate box, creating the Wilma Globe. You can read more about it on their site, as well as help them achieve their goals.

15 years ago, on 2 July 2005, a Live 8 concert was held in Phila in front of Phila Museum of Art, with a densely packed audience of nearly a million people stretched out along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The event was organized by the ONE Campaign. #JayZ performed at the concert and no doubt envisioned a future concert here ~ #MadeInAmerica, which was cancelled this year because of COVID19. But you knew it’d be cancelled as I wrote about it on This and That a few weeks ago when I noted they weren’t selling tickets anymore on their website. See you on Social Media, although I am going to do less of it in the coming days as I have to finish a few projects before I pivot with a new business venture in the coming weeks.