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JHF Announces COVID-19 Emergency Fund, and $645K to Support AIDS Initiative, Seniors, and Patient Safety

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) on March 30 approved an emergency fund for the COVID-19 pandemic, along with four grants to extend its efforts in HIV/AIDS programming, engagement with and support of older adults, and the SWERVE ...
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Youth from 26 School Districts Advocate for Teen Mental Health

"Do you have friends with whom you feel safe talking about mental health? Is there one adult at your school who you feel comfortable going to for support?" asked Bridget Hughes, a student at Winchester Thurston High School. Bridget and...
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Doulas and Health Plans Gather to Discuss Shared Interests

On March 5, doulas and health plan representatives gathered in the QIT Center to discuss their shared interest of providing comprehensive and cost-effective care for moms and families. The purpose of the meeting was for the groups to g...
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JHF Staff Member Makes Masks As ‘Thank You’ to Healthcare Workers

Catherine Mutunga never imagined she'd be using her sewing skills to help healthcare workers, but these desperate times have been cause for innovative measures. Mutunga has been sewing as a hobby for the last twenty years and has never...
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Representative Bradford Visits JHF

State Representative Matthew Bradford, the PA House Democratic Appropriations Committee Chair from Montgomery County, visited the Jewish Healthcare Foundation on March 6 at the QIT Center. During the meeting, Karen Feinstein discussed ...
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JHF Welcomes Two New Staff Members

Kyle Terrill will be rejoining the Jewish Healthcare Foundation as a full-time program assistant on the Aging Team. Terrill previously was an intern at JHF helping on the GRAN and Community Health Worker projects. He earned his bachelo...
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Celebrating the Life of Paul S. Caplan, MD

The Pittsburgh medical and Jewish communities lost a pillar of generosity, wisdom, and care when Paul S. Caplan, MD passed away on March 7, 2020. Dr. Caplan was an esteemed physician who dedicated his life to providing the best care to...
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Liftoff PGH Announces the Ideathon Pitch Competition with $100K in Prizes

Liftoff PGH 2020, Pittsburgh's first immersive healthcare innovation conference, is hosting a pitch competition to find bold solutions that chart a new future for health. Undergraduate and graduate students will compete live at the Lif...
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Addressing Today’s Teen Challenges through Activism, Calculated Risk, & TikTok

On February 20, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, in partnership with the Jewish Women's Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh, brought adolescent expert and author Sara Pipher Gilliam to Pittsburgh as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lect...
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Tree of Life Shooting Survivor Returns to Speak with Death & Dying Fellows

There are few conversations as difficult as those that surround the death of a loved one. Learning how to compassionately and thoughtfully walk into those moments is at the heart of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's Death and Dying Fe...
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Swerve Meets Again – This Time in Washington, D.C.

Swerve is Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative's (PRHI) latest effort to reduce America's appalling medical error rate. With partners around the country, PRHI has worked for more than two decades on improvement, but the solutions aren...
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Health Care’s Leading Minds Discuss Data Usage and Enhancing Value

The annual Snowbird Health Summit in Utah is an opportunity to gather some of health care's great minds to envision the future of health care. Attended by 32 leading experts – physicians, data scientists, government health policy leade...
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First Graders Become Youngest Dementia Friends in PA

Welcome to the 22 new Dementia Friends from the 1st grade class at New Oxford Elementary School! With more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians living with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias and their 675,000 care partners, there is an eno...
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Pittsburgh’s Leaders Share Lessons with the Next Generation

Sometimes taking stock of what happened in the past informs and enlivens future possibilities. That's just what Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. had in mind when it invited five local civic leaders, including JHF President and CEO Karen Wolk...
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A Swerve in Patient Safety Strategy Kicks Off in Boston

Swerve is the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative's latest effort to reduce America's appalling medical error rate. A generation after the first studies documented the extensive deadly harm endemic in American medicine, medical error...
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New Era for Community Health Workers Begins in PA

Community health workers (CHW) have been among the most effective members of the health workforce in both the developed and developing world. As trusted members of the communities they serve, CHWs improve health outcomes by helping fam...
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Sixth Annual Death and Dying Fellowship Begins

Everyone has preferences for how they'd like to be cared for in their final days, but too often those preferences are not taken into account because they are not discussed – not by patients, family or providers. According to a 2016 Kai...
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The new Senior Civic Academy will Equip Senior Activists

Critical services for frail seniors are under threat in Pennsylvania. We're going to see the closure of some of our better nursing homes and long-term care providers if something isn't done to address the decrease in funding for Medica...
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PA Perinatal Quality Collaborative Recommends Standards and Quality Measures for Maternity Payment

In response to the rising rates of maternal mortality, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and its operating arms, WHAMglobal and Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), have been exploring how maternity value-based payment mo...
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PRHI Coordinates Learning Sessions on Social Determinants Screening

 In partnership with the Physical HealthChoices Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) continues to oversee and coordinate the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Learning Network to facil...
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