Pennsylvania Teaching Nursing Home Pilot Aims to Transform Care Model

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed to a nation the clinical, financial, social, emotional, and infection control vulnerabilities of our current facilities—for residents and workers. The urgency to learn from a pandemic that killed over 184...
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New Patient Safety Fellowship Examines Safety in Senior Residences

The pandemic has revealed, at a staggering level, the safety issues facing the frailest older adults in various long-term care settings. Although these challenges are not new, the pandemic has created broad inertia to explore new model...
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High Schoolers Design Tech Solutions in Young Innovators Healthcare Fellowship

On June 17th, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) launched its first-ever summer fellowship for high school students, the Young Innovators Healthcare Fellowship, funded through grants from the Grable Foundation and the Benedum Found...
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Full Court Press Convenes National Data & Patient Safety Experts

On June 17, the Patient Safety Full Court Press Team met to discuss data analytics and human factors engineering opportunities for the proposed National Patient Safety Board (NPSB), hearing from several national experts. The presentati...
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Maternity Full Court Press Team Responds to WIC Crisis

On June 28, the Maternity Full Court Press Team met to discuss the current crisis with the crucial Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program in Pennsylvania. In 2020, the disruptive request for applications process to renew ...
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Seniors Full Court Press Team “Travels” Around the World in 80 Minutes

On June 10, the Senior Residential Living Full Court Press Team "traveled" around the world from the comfort of their homes to explore creative, uplifting models of care, senior living, and social policy implemented in many countries, ...
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Jewish Healthcare Foundation Receives $50,000 for End-of-Life Virtual Training Curriculum

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) received a $50,000 grant from the McElhattan Foundation to develop a virtual curriculum for PA POLST (Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) training, to expand the reach of the traini...
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Coalition for Quality at End of Life Works to Achieve National Best Practices

The Coalition for Quality at the End of Life (CQEL) held a statewide quarterly meeting for over 50 attendees on June 24, organized by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF). Special guest, Susan Tolle, MD, Chair of the Oregon POLST Coa...
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AIDS Free Pittsburgh and Highmark Foundation Award $90,000 in HIV Screening Grants to Local Organizations

AIDS Free Pittsburgh and the Highmark Foundation awarded four Allegheny County healthcare providers grants to pilot new HIV screening projects for high-risk populations. Grantees Community Human Services Project Silk, UPMC St. Margaret...
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Youth Filmmakers Explore Mental Health in JHF-Funded Pitt Research Project

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) funded and supported a University of Pittsburgh research project to create a series of films on mental health created by youth filmmakers in Pittsburgh. The films premiered during a public virtual...
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Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative Trains Physician Leaders through CMU Course

This summer, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI)'s Jennifer Condel, Manager of Lean Healthcare Strategy and Implementation, and Bruce Block MD, Health Care Consultant, are providing training in Healthcare Quality Improveme...
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Marina del Rey Film Festival Selects JHF COVID-19 Documentary

The short, JHF-produced documentary, What COVID-19 Exposed in Long-Term Care, was selected for the 2021 Marina del Rey Film Festival, marking the third film festival selection of 2021 for the documentary. The 20-minute documentary expl...
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A Legacy of Literacy and Love with Heartwood Ethics Curriculum Creator Ellie Childs

Each day at Winchester Thurston, a young Eleanore Nix would read the school's credo emblazoned on the stairwell wall: "Think also of the comfort and the rights of others." This mantra would act as a moral compass for Nix (who would lat...
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JHF Welcomes New Staff

In July, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) welcomes two new staff members to the seniors and aging team. Lisa George, MPH, CHES is a senior communications and program specialist for the JHF aging team, focusing on end-of-life init...
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Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Pittsburgh Technology Council Launch “High Tech + High Touch Health Care” Series

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is partnering with the Pittsburgh Technology Council to produce a new webinar series and companion podcast, "High Tech + High Touch Health Care." The webinar sessions highlight national and local ...
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May 23 Declared Teen Mental Health Awareness Day in Pennsylvania and City of Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh City Council and Governor Tom Wolf officially declared May 23, 2021 as Teen Mental Health Awareness Day in the City of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania, via a proclamation written by a team of high school students from the PA...
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JHF Convenes Health Leaders for National Patient Safety Board Briefings

In May, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) convened over 30 leaders across the United States for two updates on its work to advance a federal patient safety agency. Many of the people attending the May 18 and 27 briefings had atten...
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JHF Webinar Supports State Long-Term Care COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

On May 4, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) offered the latest in a series of educational COVID-19 vaccine webinars to hundreds of long-term care facilities statewide, as the PA Department of Health operationalizes a new plan to e...
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Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative Supports Jewish Community Center Overnight Camp Reopening

The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) has provided coaching support to the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh (JCC) as they plan to reopen their Emma Kaufmann overnight camp in Morgantown, WV this summer. PRHI Manager, Le...
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Dr. Ken Ho Leverages Insights from Innovative HIV/AIDS Work to Help Examine Disparities and Advance Community Health Throughout Pandemic

 Why HIV experts turned into some of the best COVID-19 leaders When the threat of COVID-19 descended, University of Pittsburgh infectious disease expert Ken Ho, MD, MPH was well-primed to step up to the challenge. For 14 years, Dr...
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