JHF Welcomes New Staff

Lisa George and Emily Franke

In July, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) welcomes two new staff members to the seniors and aging team.

Lisa George, MPH, CHES is a senior communications and program specialist for the JHF aging team, focusing on end-of-life initiatives and supporting overall communications efforts. Prior to joining the foundation, Lisa spent more than two decades with the Oncology Nursing Society's publications department, where in her final role she served as senior editorial manager. During her tenure with the society, she was instrumental in launching and managing the organization's book publishing program, developing award-winning resources for cancer care professionals and patients and families affected by the disease. Lisa earned a bachelor's in English literature and a master's in public health with a focus on behavioral and community health sciences, both from the University of Pittsburgh. During her master's work, she participated in research examining the acceptability and utility of screening for unmet social needs in the clinical setting. She also is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a graduate of the JHF 2020 Patient Safety Fellowship.

Emily Franke, LSW, MSW is a program associate on the JHF aging team. She is a licensed social worker with extensive experience in grief recovery, end-of-life choices, caregiving issues, and psychopharmacology. She honed these skills through positions at the Benedum Geriatric Center as a pre-licensed therapist and most recently as a psychiatric social worker on the Integrated Health and Aging Program unit at Western Psychiatric Hospital. She has worked to support individuals who are experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety in the context of medical diagnoses and those experiencing caregiver or career-related burnout. Emily earned her dual bachelor's degrees in psychology and gender, sexuality & women's studies from the University of Pittsburgh, where she went on to graduate with her master's in social work. As a Hartford Fellow during her master's program, she worked to develop skills specific to serving the diverse older adult population with a specific focus on LGBTQIA older adults.

Stay tuned for a future announcement of additional new staff in the July Window.

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