Two New Staff Join JHF and a Staffer is Promoted

 Alaina Conner, MPPM

Alaina Conner is the women's health grants specialist at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, assisting the Foundation in administering grants to improve maternal health outcomes through a variety of innovative projects. She will also be a member of the WHAMglobal team, providing support to a range of projects and grants. She has over 10 years of project and grants management experience in local public and environmental health. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the program manager for special projects at the Allegheny County Health Department, overseeing numerous community-informed health initiatives such as community health improvement planning and grant-funded initiatives around community health workers. She earned a bachelor's degree in environmental studies as well as a master's in public policy and management, both from the University of Pittsburgh. Alaina is passionate about women's health and community-driven innovative solutions to systemic public health challenges.

Caitlin Lorincz, MSP

Caitlin Lorincz is a project manager working on the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's patient safety initiatives, including the Regional Autonomous Patient Safety Initiative, the National Patient Safety Technology Challenge, and the National Patient Safety Board Advocacy Coalition. Previously, she was a senior project manager at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and managed various strategic priorities, including the development of a National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Prior to her time at IHI, Caitlin served as a senior program manager at the National Patient Safety Foundation, where she managed the Stand Up for Patient Safety organizational membership program and supported content development for high profile projects, including Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human. She also spent several years working on health care and patient safety issues in various roles in the Massachusetts Legislature. She holds a master's degree in social policy with a concentration in health policy from Brandeis University, a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Massachusetts - Boston, and a bachelor's degree in American history from the University of San Francisco.

JT Stoner promoted to project manager for AIDS Free Pittsburgh

JT Stoner was promoted to the project manager for AIDS Free Pittsburgh (AFP) this month. He has been working for the AIDS Free Pittsburgh initiative since January of 2018 as a health services coordinator before being promoted to project coordinator in July 2020.

As project manager, JT will partner with members of the AFP coalition to plan and implement programs that enhance biomedical HIV prevention and treatment services, adherence, and access to care. He previously created educational outreach programs for young adults as an intern at Allies for Health + Wellbeing. As a certified HIV prevention counselor, he also served as a health advocate for consumers, providing testing services, counseling, and education on the HIV prevention medication PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis).

JT earned a bachelor's in biochemistry and molecular biology from Dickinson College, and a master's in public health with a focus on infectious disease management, intervention, and community practice from the University of Pittsburgh.

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