Seeds of Justice will receive $140,000 from the foundation — one of the larger grant amounts to be awarded, according to Bukata Hayes, vice president of racial and health equity at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Minnesota.
“We deeply understand the work that Seeds of Justice is doing and its critical nature to access coverage in the Worthington area,” said Hayes. “We were eager to partner with a trusted community-based organization.”
The grant comes after Worthington was identified as a “hot spot” for high uninsurance rates, with u">>10.4% of the population identified as being without insurance, according to the State Health Access Data Assistance Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield has hopes that with these additional funds, Seeds of Justice will be able to better understand barriers to accessing health care and will connect community members with available resources.
“Worthington is one of the most diverse communities in the state, so when it comes to addressing issues around access to coverage, we see Worthington as an important place to do this work to learn and apply in other communities across the state.”