Tuesday morning, officials with the El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation announced the award of a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) grant by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.
“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas has generously given for the past three years to help increase access to care for children living with Type 1 diabetes,” said Estela Casas, Executive Director of the El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“With this new commitment, our diabetes education program will be able to extend services to those living with Type 2 diabetes. Today’s generous gift will also help develop a support group for children and their families to connect with others living with diabetes.”
The HKHF funding will support Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas’ commitment to community-based organizations supporting children and families who have been impacted by the health, economic, and social implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The El Paso Children’s Hospital is home to both inpatient and outpatient pediatric diabetes education services.
EPCH officials share that the Zachary Bowling Pediatric Outpatient Diabetes Education Services at El Paso Children’s Hospital (EPCH) is the only certified provider of outpatient education services in El Paso between Phoenix and Austin.
Officials add that their program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for Quality Self-Management Education.
“The Zachary Bowling Pediatric Outpatient Diabetes Education Services at El Paso Children’s Hospital are staffed by knowledgeable educators who have received extensive training in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Education topics include nutrition, exercise, managing diabetes at school, training grandparents and other caregivers, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. Since opening we have been able to help over 300 families,” said Cindy Stout, CEO and President of El Paso Children’s Hospital.
Launched in 2011, HKHF started as a three-year project designed to improve the health and wellness of at least one million children through community investments. The program was extended as BCBSTX’s ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of the children and families across Texas.
“This year’s grant process was especially important given the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sheena Payne, BCBSTX’s director of Community Investments. “So, we are happy to award these grants that will support and nurture meaningful and transformational projects across Texas. Strategically, it is also important that we continue to aid community-based organizations that are directly supporting children and families who have been impacted by the health, economic, and social implications of this pandemic.”
The HKHF program – which centers on nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management and supporting safe environments – has awarded $14 million in funding and impacted the lives of close to three-million children and their families in Texas.