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Jewish Healthcare Foundation Adapts During COVID-19 Pandemic

In these unprecedented times, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) remains steadfast to its mission and has been adapting all its primary initiatives to support healthcare workers and at-risk populations in the face of the COVID-19 p...
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Patient Safety Bottoms Out in the Pandemic: Does this Convince a Nation that the U.S. is Unprepared to Protect the Safety of its Population?

As the U.S. views the grim details of a healthcare system unprepared for the overwhelming threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also face a reality that we have, for too long, neglected to protect our patients. Alarmed by the horrif...
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Statewide Maternal Health Collaborative Continues Despite COVID-19

With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic overwhelming many healthcare teams and limiting travel, the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) converted the in-person Learning Collaborative session to a virtual session on M...
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Youth from 26 School Districts Advocate for Teen Mental Health

"Do you have friends with whom you feel safe talking about mental health? Is there one adult at your school who you feel comfortable going to for support?" asked Bridget Hughes, a student at Winchester Thurston High School. Bridget and...
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Celebrating the Life of Paul S. Caplan, MD

The Pittsburgh medical and Jewish communities lost a pillar of generosity, wisdom, and care when Paul S. Caplan, MD passed away on March 7, 2020. Dr. Caplan was an esteemed physician who dedicated his life to providing the best care to...
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JHF Welcomes Two New Staff Members

Kyle Terrill will be rejoining the Jewish Healthcare Foundation as a full-time program assistant on the Aging Team. Terrill previously was an intern at JHF helping on the GRAN and Community Health Worker projects. He earned his bachelo...
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Representative Bradford Visits JHF

State Representative Matthew Bradford, the PA House Democratic Appropriations Committee Chair from Montgomery County, visited the Jewish Healthcare Foundation on March 6 at the QIT Center. During the meeting, Karen Feinstein discussed ...
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JHF Staff Member Makes Masks As ‘Thank You’ to Healthcare Workers

Catherine Mutunga never imagined she'd be using her sewing skills to help healthcare workers, but these desperate times have been cause for innovative measures. Mutunga has been sewing as a hobby for the last twenty years and has never...
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Doulas and Health Plans Gather to Discuss Shared Interests

On March 5, doulas and health plan representatives gathered in the QIT Center to discuss their shared interest of providing comprehensive and cost-effective care for moms and families. The purpose of the meeting was for the groups to g...
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JHF Announces COVID-19 Emergency Fund, and $645K to Support AIDS Initiative, Seniors, and Patient Safety

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) on March 30 approved an emergency fund for the COVID-19 pandemic, along with four grants to extend its efforts in HIV/AIDS programming, engagement with and support of older adults, and the SWERVE ...
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Liftoff PGH 2020 Changes Course for December 15-16

When Liftoff PGH was just a whisper of an idea, we never imagined how reality would collide with its mission.At its core, Liftoff PGH is about inspiring unusual partnerships that challenge the very structure of the healthcare industry....
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Virtual Senior Academy Urgently Expands Courses, Countering Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Virtual Senior Academy is countering increased isolation among at-risk populations by launching a slate of new courses. The COVID-19 pandemic presents an especially dangerous threat to adults 60 and older, who are more likely to de...
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Tree of Life Shooting Survivor Returns to Speak with Death & Dying Fellows

There are few conversations as difficult as those that surround the death of a loved one. Learning how to compassionately and thoughtfully walk into those moments is at the heart of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's Death and Dying Fe...
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Addressing Today’s Teen Challenges through Activism, Calculated Risk, & TikTok

On February 20, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, in partnership with the Jewish Women's Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh, brought adolescent expert and author Sara Pipher Gilliam to Pittsburgh as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lect...
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Liftoff PGH Announces the Ideathon Pitch Competition with $100K in Prizes

Liftoff PGH 2020, Pittsburgh's first immersive healthcare innovation conference, is hosting a pitch competition to find bold solutions that chart a new future for health. Undergraduate and graduate students will compete live at the Lif...
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Swerve Meets Again – This Time in Washington, D.C.

Swerve is Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative's (PRHI) latest effort to reduce America's appalling medical error rate. With partners around the country, PRHI has worked for more than two decades on improvement, but the solutions aren...
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Health Care’s Leading Minds Discuss Data Usage and Enhancing Value

The annual Snowbird Health Summit in Utah is an opportunity to gather some of health care's great minds to envision the future of health care. Attended by 32 leading experts – physicians, data scientists, government health policy leade...
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First Graders Become Youngest Dementia Friends in PA

Welcome to the 22 new Dementia Friends from the 1st grade class at New Oxford Elementary School! With more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians living with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias and their 675,000 care partners, there is an eno...
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Pittsburgh’s Leaders Share Lessons with the Next Generation

Sometimes taking stock of what happened in the past informs and enlivens future possibilities. That's just what Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. had in mind when it invited five local civic leaders, including JHF President and CEO Karen Wolk...
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A Swerve in Patient Safety Strategy Kicks Off in Boston

Swerve is the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative's latest effort to reduce America's appalling medical error rate. A generation after the first studies documented the extensive deadly harm endemic in American medicine, medical error...
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