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Jewish Healthcare Foundation awards more than $1.5 million in grants

January 5, 2007

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation's (JHF) board has approved more than $1.5 million in grants, including $900,000 in block funding for the United Jewish Federation to support health-related programming among Jewish community organizations.

Another $620,000 was allocated for various initiatives in healthcare education, healthcare policy and healthcare quality.

In the area of health education, JHF earmarked funding for Health Careers Futures and the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh to offer a fellowship for librarians to obtain the specialized skills needed to research and organize consumer health information resources.

In addition, the Foundation board approved a University of Pittsburgh Medical School grant under which the Department of Critical Care Medicine will develop and test new models for training physicians and nurses in effective palliative care and a grant to the University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Palliative Care to support continued convening of the Coalition for Quality at End of Life.

In the policy realm, JHF awarded a two-year grant to the Pennsylvania Medicaid Policy Center recently established by the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. The award will help Pitt assemble the funding needed to match a challenge grant offered by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Also included in the latest round of awards were previously announced grants to: Health Careers Futures, for starting a Center for Complementary Learning that would provide students with real-life exposure to healthcare occupations through partnerships between the region's schools and healthcare providers; and to Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management to pilot a new patient safety curriculum in Southwestern Pennsylvania in partnership with the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative before embarking on a national rollout

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