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Health Partners Plans Announces Literacy Initiative to Assist Children During COVID-19 and Beyond

Effort includes distribution of thousands of free books for Philadelphia children and families at food pantry

 

Philadelphia, PA — Health Partners Plans (HPP) announced today the launch of the HPP Literacy Initiative, part of its continued commitment to addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) for its members and the community. Understanding that many families are homeschooling their children with stay-at-home orders in effect across Pennsylvania due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HPP is kicking off its Literacy Initiative by donating books as educational resources to kids and families with the help of other essential and life-sustaining nonprofits and community organizations.

HPP’s Literacy Initiative was designed to help improve health literacy and empower members around education, but the company decided to launch the program in April to make a positive impact during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning April 16, HPP is partnering with Bebashi – Transition to Hope, a Philadelphia health and hunger-relief nonprofit, to offer 500 books to families. Books will be available to any Philadelphia resident impacted by the COVID-19 crisis who state they have children when they visit the Bebashi food pantry for pick up. Located at 1235 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia, the food pantry is open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. during the pandemic and is following all relevant Center for Disease Control social distancing guidelines.

“As a managed care organization with deep roots in the community, we understand that many of our members need life-sustaining resources and support in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including food, shelter and health care,” said Health Partners Plans President and CEO Denise Napier. “We also know that many families are having challenges with teaching their children or keeping them occupied in the house throughout this extended stay-at-home order. We hope these books will make a difference for these families, and we look forward to continuing to bring books to more families with additional partner organizations.”

As a community-based managed care organization, HPP works hard to improve both quality of life and health outcomes for its members and the community. Research suggests that access to books is one of the keys to reading development and that low income children have few books in their homes, classrooms, schools and public libraries. To try and close this gap, HPP will begin with offering 8,000 books to kids and families who benefit from having access to these resources. Local nonprofits and community organizations interested in receiving a library of books, should reach out to HPP’s Director of Community Health Programs Kristin Beck at kbeck@hpplans.com.

Prior to announcing the Literacy Initiative, HPP donated 1,500 books to the Health Partners Foundation, which were given to students at Alain Locke Elementary School on March 3 in celebration of Read Across America Day.

ABOUT HEALTH PARTNERS PLANS

Health Partners Plans is a not-for-profit managed health care organization serving more than 259,000 members in Southeastern Pennsylvania. It provides a broad range of health coverage options through Health Partners Medicare, Health Partners (Medicaid) and KidzPartners (Children’s Health Insurance Program). Founded more than 30 years ago, Health Partners Plans is one of the few hospital-owned health plans in the country. Learn more about how to PartnerUp with Health Partners Plans, visit HealthPartnersPlans.com, twitter.com/HPPlans and facebook.com/healthpartnersplans.