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Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Jewish Healthcare Foundation adds staff

October 17, 2006

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation has strengthened support for its programs with four new appointments. Michael Forlenza, PhD, MPH, has been named Director, Strategic Research for the Foundation; Janice Setzenfand, BSN, RN, CDE, has been hired as Perfecting Patient CareSM (PPC) Educator in the Foundation's Health Careers Futures organization; Nicole Pirain, MPH, has been named HIV/AIDs Program Coordinator and Joshua Donner, MS, has been hired as Senior Manager for Human Services Planning, a joint-appointment with the United Jewish Federation.

In his newly created position, Dr. Forlenza will help examine research opportunities for the Foundation, oversee the design of research projects undertaken by the JHF's supporting organizations and grantees and ensure that results of these projects are disseminated through academic and scientific publications. He brings an academic background that encompasses biological and behavioral sciences, public health and epidemiology. Most recently, Dr. Forlenza served as Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and as a Research Associate at the Sociobehavioural Research Centre of the British Columbia Cancer Agency.

Ms. Setzenfand, whose position also is newly created, will lead training programs that JHF provides to health and social service agencies through Health Careers Futures, one of two supporting organizations that foster the use of industrial quality engineering disciplines in clinical and social service settings.

Ms. Setzenfand brings nearly 15 years of nursing experience to the Foundation, including specialized training and clinical work in the field of diabetes care, a program focus for the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), JHF's other supporting organization.

Most recently, she served as Staff Nurse, Team Leader and Diabetic Coordinator at the Lawrenceville Family Health Center. While working at the Lawrenceville clinic, Ms. Setzenfand participated in an early demonstration of PPC, a quality engineering methodology that PRHI adapted for healthcare from the Toyota Production System.

Ms. Pirain has been appointed to coordinate the administrative service JHF performs under contract as the state's fiscal agent for distributing federal HIV/AIDs program funding to some 15 nonprofit agencies. She joins the Foundation after serving more than four years as a research and data collection specialist for the Pennsylvania Prevention Project at the University of Pittsburgh, which coordinated state-sponsored, on-site HIV/AIDs training programs and provided program evaluation services for state-sponsored HIV/AIDs prevention efforts, among other things.

Ms. Pirain's position with JHF was previously held by Samantha Maylack, MPH, who recently assumed the role of Program and Development officer for JHF. In her new capacity, Ms. Maylack is responsible for planning and responding to requests for funding and for coordinating grant proposals and program reporting.

Mr. Donner has a dual appointment with JHF and the United Jewish Federation. He will work with the senior management of JHF and UJF in developing a vision for an integrated service system advancing the health and well being of Jewish community members and their neighbors.

Mr. Donner comes to the post after nearly seven years with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, where he served most recently as senior policy analyst and helped develop and implement strategies to ensure that the region's business development activities were focused in areas where they could provide the greatest potential impact and return.

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