Achieve Escambia announces major Florida Blue investment

July 16, 2018

Achieve Escambia is an organization committed to reducing disparities in education and workforce readiness outcomes. Using a structured form of collaboration, a focus on shared data, and continuous improvement tools, Achieve Escambia partners engage in strategies that yield program and service efficiencies and create innovative ways of working together to achieve more equitable results for learners of all ages and backgrounds.

“With United Way as the backbone, it is tremendous to see the passion the Escambia community has shown to work together for the betterment of our children,” said Darnell Smith, Florida Blue North Florida president. “Florida Blue’s mission is to help people and communities achieve better health, and we believe the Achieve Escambia model to bring community resources together will lead to generations of successful, healthier citizens.”   

104,249 children and youth ages birth to 24 live in Escambia County, and that’s Achieve Escambia’s cradle to career target population. What it will take to improve their educational outcomes and connections to the workforce are the focus of the grant project.


About Achieve Escambia

Achieve Escambia is a cradle to career collective impact partnership whose members include  Escambia County educators, community partners, business leaders, nonprofits, law enforcement, the military, the faith community, policymakers, government at all levels, funders, and advocates. Members commit to aligning community resources so everyone is empowered to achieve success and working within networks, teams and groups to implement improvement measures, monitor results, and track annual achievement of several cradle to career transition points. Achieve Escambia is the Local College Access Network for Escambia County, under the umbrella of the Florida College Access Network, and a member of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, a national association of 70 partnerships working to improve education outcomes across the United States. For more information, visit


About Florida Blue

Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, has been providing health insurance to residents of Florida for nearly 75 years. Driven by its mission of helping people and communities achieve better health, the company serves more than 5 million health care members across the state. In total, Florida Blue and its affiliated companies serve 16 million people in 29 states. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.