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Jewish Healthcare Foundation Awards $318,000 in Teen Mental Health Grants to Local Organizations

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 23, 2020) – The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) awarded $318,000 in grants to 13 organizations to support teen mental health programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizations will also form a new tee...
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A Renewed Mission: Liftoff PGH Coming December 2020

Three years ago, Liftoff PGH was just a conversation. No one foresaw the public health crisis we now face, nor how reality would collide with our vision. And yet, Liftoff PGH was designed for this very moment. Health care is at the cor...
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Liftoff PGH and Pittsburgh Tech Council Co-Host Women+ Innovation Series

Liftoff PGH is building a movement of innovators, and our strength derives from the diversity of voices. To showcase and elevate women+ in the innovation spaces of health care and entrepreneurship, Liftoff PGH created Generation Fempre...
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AIDS Free Pittsburgh and True T Pgh Co-Host HIV Awareness Events

July was way too hot this year, so AIDS Free Pittsburgh brought Too Hot for July: Black AF, the initiative's annual HIV awareness event, to August. This year, Too Hot for July: Black AF was divided into three events over three days, wh...
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JHF Suggests COVID-19 Solutions for Local Universities

In response to recent concerns about COVID-19 outbreaks on local university campuses, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation surveyed our Board members and Window newsletter subscribers to generate creative solutions for campuses. We present...
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Summer Internship on Mental Health Advocacy Empowers Youth

Fourteen students from Pittsburgh and Allegheny County had a transformative experience this summer through a virtual internship focused on mental health and advocacy. The internship, part of Partner4Work's Learn & Earn Program, was...
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JHF Testifies on Maternal Mortality for PA Democratic Policy Committee

During an August 12 joint virtual hearing of the PA Senate and House Democratic Policy Committee, Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) Chief Policy Officer Robert Ferguson, MPH presented remarks on further action to address maternal mort...
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JHF Highlights Crisis Still Plaguing Skilled Nursing Facilities on Business as Usual

On August 5, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) returned to the daily noontime program Business as Usual to discuss the ongoing crisis COVID-19 presents to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and older adults. The Pittsburgh Technolo...
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Honoring Dr. Terry Starz

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation is dedicating a bench through the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to honor Dr. Terry Starz, a beloved member of the community who has served his patients for over 40 years. Dr. Starz is an internist and rh...
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JCC Program Supports Students During Pandemic

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh (JCC) is hosting a program, called All Day at the J, to support families during the pandemic. The full-day program is an extension of their childcare programs and will provide students ...
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Jewish Healthcare Foundation Provides $2.5 Million to Jewish Community Center for COVID Relief

The current pandemic is historic, and it is wreaking havoc—medically, financially, socially, and mentally. The Jewish community of Pittsburgh is working on a coordinated response in coordination with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pi...
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New Statewide Collaboration to Support Long-Term Care Facilities During Pandemic

In its newest phase to support long-term care residents and their caregivers, Pennsylvania is launching a partnership between the PA Department of Human Services, the PA Department of Health, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, an...
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Dementia Friends Pennsylvania to Expand Programs

Dementia Friends Pennsylvania is pleased to announce a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to improve and expand access to ongoing programs, which will raise awareness about dementia and decrease stigma surrounding dementia...
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A New Patient and Provider Safety Authority is a National Imperative

After months of collaboration with some of the best minds in U.S. health care, there is no doubt about the need for a dramatic change in our patient safety system. The SWERVE initiative, a partnership between the Pittsburgh Regional He...
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Patient Safety Fellows Model the Response Needed for Future Emergencies

As it happens every summer at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), nearing the end of the season brings with it the conclusion of the Patient Safety Fellowship. In the record of JHF's Feinstein Fellowships, however, the 2020 Patient...
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Southwestern PA Consortium Supports Contact Tracers and Community Health Workers

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation continues to help convene the Southwestern PA Contact Tracing Consortium. Chief Policy Officer Robert Ferguson leads JHF's efforts, coordinatin...
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Intergenerational Reading Program Closes its First Chapter

As the GRAN Intergenerational Reading Program wrapped in July, participants and partners celebrated the program's success with a virtual finale event. Since kicking off on October 17 of last year, the GRAN program trained and matc...
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The PA Community Health Worker Steering Group Appoints Advisory Members

In the latest step in a series of efforts to uplift Community Health Workers (CHWs) and solidify their position in the healthcare professions, the Pennsylvania Community Health Worker Steering Group is building a CHW Advisory Council. ...
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Liftoff PGH Launches into Inclusive Innovation

The COVID-19 Pandemic has exacerbated deadly disparities for communities isolated by race, income, and age, and yet, innovation itself struggles with diversity in design. As Liftoff in Motion blazes through the summer, the series dives...
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Maternal Depression Initiative Kicks Off to Reduce Racial Disparities

On July 27, the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) began work on the Moving on Maternal Depression (MOMD) initiative plan, which will drive efforts to improve maternal depression screening and follow-up while reducin...
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