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OCU nursing school summer camp lands Blue Cross Blue Shield grant

Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing is among the grant recipients from a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) initiative intended to improve the health and wellness of people in local communities.

The nursing school’s Camp Kramer Way, a summer camp for high school students, is one of 14 projects benefitting from BCBSOK’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative. Camp Kramer Way was created to help address the ongoing nursing shortage and recruit high-performing, diverse and academically motivated high school students from across Oklahoma into the Kramer School of Nursing.

“We are incredibly grateful for the grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma,” said Gina Crawford, interim dean of the Kramer School of Nursing. “This grant will allow us to host a three-day, two-night summer nursing camp for 20 high school students, in addition to offering one camp participant a college scholarship.”

BCBSOK contributed nearly $500,000 in grant funding this year for various projects throughout the state. Created in 2011, the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative supports nonprofit organizations that provide various health-related services with proven sustainable and measurable programs. The initiative includes funding for programs that reach children and their families in four key areas: nutrition, physical activity, preventing/managing disease and supporting safe environments.

“For 10 years, the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative has helped improve health in communities through our partnerships,” said Joseph R. Cunningham, M.D., president of BCBSOK. “In total, HKHF has awarded nearly $10 million to more than 150 organizations across the state to make a positive impact for all Oklahomans. It’s imperative we continue to invest in programs to offset health factors that have been exacerbated by the pandemic and present ongoing health challenges for Oklahomans.”