Honoring Dr. Bruce Block, A Physician Pioneer and Early EHR Revolutionary

As he retires from his position as Chief Medical Informatics & Learning Officer at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), we wish to recognize Bruce Block, MD for a lifetime of extraordinar...
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Introducing Sarah Pesi

We are pleased to welcome a new staff member, Sarah Pesi, to the JHF team. Sarah currently works part-time as Teen Engagement and Outreach Coordinator at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, where she focuses on wellness,...
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Welcoming Back Liftoff PGH Intern Kaitlin Roderick

We are pleased to welcome back Kaitlin Roderick, a returning intern who worked with Liftoff PGH last year. Kaitlin is entering her final semester at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is pursuing a Master of Health Care Policy and M...
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PA POLST Coordinator Retires

With the announcement of her upcoming retirement, Marian Kemp, RN, BSBA leaves an accomplished legacy while she served as the PA POLST coordinator. Following Kemp's initial retirement from Highmark Inc. in 2011 after serving as their S...
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Pittsburgh’s Future in Health Innovation is Bright – and It’s Female+

Beginning in the summer of 2020, Liftoff PGH 2020 embarked on an ongoing partnership with the Pittsburgh Technology Council and their widely popular Business as Usual webinar series. Together, Liftoff and the Tech Council launched "Gen...
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Together, Interns and Liftoff PGH Team Broaden Innovation Horizons

Behind the scenes, the Liftoff PGH team welcomed a group of students to their first ever virtual internship program. Although 2020 required a shift to remote interning, everyone rose to the challenge and collaborated to achieve Liftoff...
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Liftoff PGH: Activating Pittsburgh Innovation

As our region's first virtual healthcare innovation summit, Liftoff PGH's charge was to activate the leading disruptors across Pittsburgh's technology, health, education, and entrepreneurship sectors. Throughout the month of December, ...
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Local Entrepreneurs Win $50,000 in Ideathon Pitch Competition

Liftoff PGH has always believed in the power young innovators possess to chart a new future for health. To create a novel platform for undergraduate and graduate students in health innovation, Liftoff PGH launched the Ideathon Pitch co...
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Announcing 2021 Healthcare Safety Challenge

During the Liftoff PGH 2020 live broadcast, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Innovation Works announced the new 2021 "Hardware Cup" JHF Healthcare Safety Competition. The Healthcare Safety Competition is a pitch competition dedicat...
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Liftoff PGH Launches an Art Exhibit Downtown in the 7th Street Cultural Trust Park

Created in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, this is a collective visioning for the future of health and wellness in this region. Artists Alisha Wormsley and Ricardo Iamuuri Robinson transformed the 7th Street Trust Oasis...
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David Ehrenwerth Retires as JHF Board Chair, JHF Welcomes New Board Leadership and Members

As we approach a new year that brings transitions in our board, JHF honors Board Chair David Ehrenwerth, JD as his three-year tenure comes to an end. David's support of JHF began in 1990, with the Foundation's creation. As a board memb...
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Patient Safety and Technology Full Court Press Team Launches

The Full Court Press Patient Safety Policy Team, which advocates for a National Patient and Provider Safety Authority (NPSA), convened in November for their first virtual meeting. Team members, who include Board members from JHF and it...
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Liftoff PGH is In Flight

The wait is over: The fun at Liftoff PGH begins today! We are thrilled to share a jam-packed lineup of virtual panels, thought talks, networking sessions, and much more. From December 1-14, we've designed a schedule that will fit into ...
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Jewish Healthcare Foundation Grants $160,000 to Innovation Works Healthcare Safety Competition

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) has granted Innovation Works (IW) $160,000 to support the 2021 "Hardware Cup" International Healthcare Safety Competition. This new competition will prepare the Pittsburgh region to lead the devel...
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JHF Announces Grant to AcademyHealth for Health Policy Salon Series

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) approved a $50,000 grant for AcademyHealth to organize a "Health Policy Salon Series" during 2021 to spark momentum at the federal level on the three policy targets for JHF's Full Court Press init...
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Maternity Full Court Press Team Assembles

The new Comprehensive Approaches to Pregnancy and Postpartum Care Full Court Press Team will focus on advancing state and local policy objectives for midwives, WIC, and doulas/perinatal community health workers. These efforts will buil...
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Salk Fellowship Celebrates International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

The 2020 Salk Health Activist Fellowship concluded on November 19th, culminating in a project to connect the 27 fellows with legislators. The fellows reflected on how the fellowship experience will impact them as the push for healthcar...
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Senior Care Full Court Press Team Addresses Current Crisis

As part of the Full Court Press initiative, the Senior Living Team aims to advance policies to develop a renewed model of senior living. The Team of Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and Health Careers Futures Board members first met ...
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New Documentary Sheds Light on Causes of COVID-19 Crisis in Nursing Homes

A new documentary short film, entitled What COVID-19 Exposed in Long-Term Care, has finished production, and is now available for viewing online. The documentary examines how the COVID-19 crisis has devastated many long-term care facil...
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National Academy of Sciences and Medicine Launches Senior Living Study

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed significant challenges to providing quality senior care, many of which have existed in our senior living model for decades. With the aim of finding a solution, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation is plea...
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