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Former JHF intern joins staff supporting maternal health initiative

Elizabeth Balskus joined the Jewish Healthcare Foundation on Aug. 12 as Quality Improvement Facilitator for Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative. The collaborative, known as the PA PQC, was launched in April by JHF to bring together maternity care units to identify and adopt practices for better maternal health outcomes. Balskus will support the PA PQC team and various sites as a quality improvement coach. She is fresh from a summer internship here supporting the 15217 Neighborhood-Based Teen Mental Health Initiative.

Balskus received a master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Oregon, where she served as a philosophy teaching fellow for four years. A PhD candidate in Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University, she is completing her thesis on the need for and consequences of implementing a multi-dimensional concept of safety, including psychological, emotional, and communal safety in perinatal and psychiatric care. Previously, she has also worked as a member of the STAR Clinic at PeaceHealth hospital in Eugene, Oregon, and as a postpartum doula.

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