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JHF Leads Information Sessions About Care for Older Adults, Nursing Home Residents

Over the past six years, Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) has served as the lead education partner to improve the quality of care and reduce avoidable hospitalizations among Pennsylvania's long-stay nursing home residents. Nancy Zionts, JHF's Chief Operating and Chief Program Officer led webinars on June 11 and 13 for partners in the initiative called RAVEN – Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations using Evidence-based interventions for Nursing Facility Residents. Zionts outlined how the new Community HealthChoices Managed Long-Term Services and Supports initiative will affect continuity of care for residents in skilled nursing facilities. 

Zionts shared resources available on Tomorrow's HealthCareTM that will continue to provide RAVEN facilities with the most up-to-date information to assist them as the program continues to roll out across the Keystone State. 

On June 1, advocates in aging, housing, and LGBTQ+ rights met in Green Tree with more than 100 older members of Allegheny County's LGBTQ+ community to better understand the housing opportunities and challenges they face. Led by AARP Pennsylvania, the PERSAD Center and Western Pennsylvania SAGE, the day-long gathering included a breakout session led by Zionts, joined by leaders from the National LGBT Housing Initiative and ACTION-Housing. In another session, Zionts also helped outline the importance of understanding and completing various end-oflife and advance-care planning tools. JHF Program Associate Rachel Goldberger co-facilitated a breakout session on advocacy for people age 50+ with members of Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh members, and members of the legislative staffs of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and state Rep. Dan Frankel. Opportunities to continue the housing conversation will be hosted on JHF's Virtual Senior Academy platform. 

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