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JHF Talks Issues Facing Seniors & COVID-19 Response with PGH Tech Council

Karen Wolk Feinstein presenting on Business as Usual on May 19, 2020.

On May 19th, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) joined the daily noontime program, Business As Usual, to discuss the pressing needs of older adults during COVID-19 and some of the foundation's initiatives to support them and respond to the pandemic. The Pittsburgh Technology Council launched the daily zoom interview series Business As Usual to create direct access for the business community to influential leaders during the crisis.

Every day, President and CEO of the Tech Council Audrey Russo interviews prominent government officials, business executives, and members of the nonprofit and foundation community. JHF was invited as a subject matter expert in health and senior care, and to discuss ways that the broader community can advocate for stronger and safer facilities for the region's most vulnerable. 

Karen Feinstein, president and CEO of JHF, was joined by Nancy Zionts, COO and chief program officer, and Mara Leff, director of innovation, to present an overview of JHF and discuss the foundation's various ongoing programs to respond to COVID-19. The group provided an inside look at the dangerous conditions and training deficiencies facing long-term care and congregate living facilities and updated more than 100 listeners with some of the astounding evidence surrounding Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) funding statewide. Zionts explained JHF's ongoing SNF advocacy and the statewide effort to provide training and resources to long-term care facilities. Leff discussed senior isolation and the role of JHF's Virtual Senior Academy to provide connection for older adults throughout the region. Dr. Feinstein outlined the Swerve initiative, encouraging the audience to consider a National Patient & Provider Safety Authority to protect patients and workers better during a pandemic and from medical error when the virus diminishes. 

A recording of the conversation is available on YouTube and the PGH Tech Council Website

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