JHF’s Goals for 2023

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation has been steadily advancing its agenda in 2023 with priorities in each organizational focus area: patient safety, workforce development, women's health, senior and long-term care, HIV/AIDS, and teen mental health.

Its goals for the year include:

Patient Safety:

  • Establishing the National Patient Safety Board at the federal level with a focus on the public-private research-and-development team to identify injury and harm, study the pre-cursors and causes, and adopt solutions.
  • Completing a feature-length documentary to highlight patient safety innovation and Challenge winners.
  • Planting a flag in Pittsburgh to become a global tech hub for autonomous patient safety solutions through its Regional Autonomous Patient Safety (RAPS) initiative by:
  • Holding a launch event February 24 at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).
    • Funding the Initiative for Patient Safety Research at CMU and the development of technologies at the Pitt Department of Biomedical Informatics to reduce medication errors.
    • Forming a Regional Advisory and Patient Safety R&D Salons.
    • Catalyzing early stages of patient safety R&D with seed grants.

Workforce Development:

  • Helping to launch the first three cohorts of the BH Fellows program, a new Allegheny County Department of Human Services program supporting frontline behavioral health workers in critical service areas.
  • Launching a statewide healthcare workforce initiative to advance policy priorities to create and retain healthcare jobs.
  • Holding two Death & Dying Fellowships: one in the winter for graduate students and one in the fall for professionals in the field.
  • Establishing a Patient Safety Fellowship built on a competition from the Patient Safety Technology Challenge.

Women's Health:

  • Supporting midwifery modernization policies and reimbursement for doulas.
  • Serving as fiscal agent for the dissemination of over $9 million from the PA Department of Human Services for Maternal and Child Health.
  • Serving as statewide convener of funders and advocates for Women's Reproductive Health.
  • Reconstituting the WHAMglobal board with new experts from around the world focused on "Women's Health Inequity for Older Women."
  • Sustaining support for and collaboration across community-based organizations in the Pittsburgh Safer Childbirth City through the Community Fund Shared Resource Hub.
  • Expanding the scope of the PA PQC across the continuum of care and (e.g., increasing the percent of hospitals with a protocol to close the loop on the referral status with the post-discharge services and supports from 30% to 50%).

Senior and Long-Term Care:

  • Bringing best practices to 600 nursing facilities in Pennsylvania through the PA LTC Quality Improvement Learning Network.
  • Piloting Dementia-Ready strategies to attend to the growing number of persons in Pennsylvania living with dementia and their caregivers.
  • Taking the lead in new statewide policy efforts for Moving Forward (NASEM Report on Nursing Facility Quality), the first in the nation as a pilot.


  • Increasing market rates to provide sustainable housing for eligible HIV positive clients.
  • Working to increase access to HIV testing in the primary care settings to reduce new infections by 95%.

Teen Mental Health:

  • Convening youth-led advocacy meetings with state and local policymakers focused on teen mental health awareness day, excused mental health days, and improved access to school-based resources.
  • Developing a model for community-initiated care for teen mental health with community organizations participating in the collaborative and with health system partners.
  • Celebrating and supporting the launch of The Beacon, a teen mental health space by The Friendship Circle with funding from JHF.
  • Facilitating a 2023 PA Youth Advocacy Series which convened 20 participants throughout the state and engaged youth leaders in every aspect of planning and facilitation.
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