Jewish Healthcare Foundation News
JHF hosted several events in October
JHF hosted receptions for two eminent women of letters prior to their public appearances in Pittsburgh last month. They are Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on October 28 as part of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures; and Zanny Minton Beddoes, the first female editor-in-chief of The Economist, prior to her October 30 talk at Heinz Hall as part of the Pittsburgh Speakers Series
The Jewish Healthcare Foundation played host to 2019 Heinz Award recipient Sarah Szanton on Oct. 17. Szanton (PhD, ANP, FAAN) a professor at John Hopkins University School of Nursing and director of its Center for Innovative Care in Aging, discussed her model for using an interdisciplinary team comprised of a nurse, occupational therapist, and "handyman" to help older adults age and thrive in their own homes. Called CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place Advancing Better Living for Elders), it is a person-centered approach to assess challenges, establish goals, and modify participants' physical home environment over a four-month period. Implemented in 28 sites, the program has shown itself to be cost-effective and appreciated by participants.
Extending its work in end-of-life issues, on October 29 the Jewish Healthcare Foundation hosted healthcare professionals for a continuing medical education course in engaging seriously ill patients in discussions about end-of-life treatment. Faculty included JHF's physician advisor Judith S. Black (MD, MHA) and Quality Improvement Specialist Nicole Greer (RN, MPH, MPA), as well as instructors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Coalition for Quality at the End of Life (CQEL).