"Cigna is proud to partner with Bright Star, Northwestern Medicine, University of Chicago Medicine and the United Way as we wrap our arms around this community where we live and work, and which our customers call home," said Michael Phillips, President, Cigna Midwest Markets.To help develop the right approach for Chicago, BSCO engaged NATAL, an Israeli-based organization that is an expert in violence intervention and resiliency programs to treat psychological trauma resulting from living in areas with high rates of violence. Representatives from NATAL conducted an evaluation of Bronzeville and recommended the development of the community helpline to provide support and guidance to residents who have experienced trauma from violence. "We believe the helpline will be a vital resource for the residents of Bronzeville and surrounding communities. All community members will have access to the helpline should they find themselves struggling with trauma, whether prolonged or triggered by a violent event," said Mary Engvall, executive director of the Cigna Foundation. "We have found that faith communities can be very effective in improving lives in the neighborhoods they serve." In conjunction with the launch of the helpline, BSCO established a Care Coordination Subcommittee to develop a model for providing access to follow-up mental health services after initial contact with a community resident has been made through the Helpline. BSCO anticipates additional services will include in-person counseling sessions, group counseling, case management services, and treatment at a local health center or partner organization; along with other wrap around services needed. See more about BSCO at BrightStarCommunityOutreach.com. About the Cigna Foundation The Cigna Foundation, founded in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.
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