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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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Nancy D. Zionts Receives Kelly Pruitt Award for Lifetime Achievement

On November 24, Jewish Healthcare Foundation COO and Chief Program Officer Nancy D. Zionts, MBA was given the Kelly Pruitt Award for Lifetime Achievement/Age Friendly Awards of Excellence from the Southwestern PA Partnerships for Aging...
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Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society and Jewish Healthcare Foundation Hold Virtual Program on COVID-19

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation was pleased to co-host the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society-Western Division's Fall 2020 program on November 10th. Titled "COVID-19 Across the Healthcare Spectrum," this was the Society's first virtual p...
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Eight-Year Nursing Facility Grant Initiative Comes to a Close

After eight years, the RAVEN (Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations using Evidence-based Interventions for Nursing Facility Residents) Initiative is ending. Funded by a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, RAVEN was...
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An Opportunity Unlike Any Other for a Full Court Press

During September's three Board meetings, Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) staff outlined a new focus on three critical policy goals for the next calendar year. This renewed concentration comes as JHF recognizes the opportunity, in an...
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Grantmakers in Aging Summit on HIV and Aging

On September 14-15th, Grantmakers in Aging convened the Moving Ahead Together Working Summit, a first of its kind national event to connect the HIV/AIDS and Aging Services communities. Nany D. Zionts, JHF COO/Chief Program Officer, has...
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Skilled Nursing Facilities and COVID-19 Documentary

Please give us 6 minutes of your time to view a trailer for a forthcoming mini-documentary about the COVID-19 crisis in long-term care facilities. The COVID-19 crisis has devastated many Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities across the count...
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JHF Highlights Crisis Still Plaguing Skilled Nursing Facilities on Business as Usual

On August 5, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) returned to the daily noontime program Business as Usual to discuss the ongoing crisis COVID-19 presents to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and older adults. The Pittsburgh Technolo...
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New Statewide Collaboration to Support Long-Term Care Facilities During Pandemic

In its newest phase to support long-term care residents and their caregivers, Pennsylvania is launching a partnership between the PA Department of Human Services, the PA Department of Health, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, an...
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Intergenerational Reading Program Closes its First Chapter

As the GRAN Intergenerational Reading Program wrapped in July, participants and partners celebrated the program's success with a virtual finale event. Since kicking off on October 17 of last year, the GRAN program trained and matc...
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Top National Researcher Sheds Light on COVID-19 Crisis in Skilled Nursing Facilities and Challenges Us to Envision New Solutions

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted grave challenges in the nation's nursing homes, and long-term care for seniors is facing a crisis. The infection and mortality rates in nursing homes are staggering, but Dr. Vincent Mor, a Brown Un...
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JHF Joins New Statewide Coalition to Engage Seniors with Virtual Gaming & Esports

Social isolation and loneliness among older adults are some of the most serious health issues facing our country today. To combat this problem, a new public-private partnership—the K.A.R.E.S. Community (Keystone Athletics, Recreation a...
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Statewide Long-Term Care Network Provides Critical Support & Training During COVID-19 Crisis

In the beginning of April, the Educational Support and Clinical Coaching Program (ESCCP) was rapidly launched in Pennsylvania to address long-term care facilities' needs. A partnership between the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), th...
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JHF Talks Issues Facing Seniors & COVID-19 Response with PGH Tech Council

On May 19th, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) joined the daily noontime program, Business As Usual, to discuss the pressing needs of older adults during COVID-19 and some of the foundation's initiatives to support them and respon...
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JHF Helps PA Rapidly Launch Statewide COVID-19 Long-Term Care Support Network

Leveraging over twenty years of experience providing education in long-term settings, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) has worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) to rapidly launch the Educational Support ...
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Virtual Senior Academy featured in Statewide Survey Report, Launching New Intergenerational Programming with City of Pittsburgh

When Kylea Covaleski took over managing the Virtual Senior Academy in 2019, she could never have imagined a situation with the entire community isolated in their homes. "The Virtual Senior Academy was created to connect seniors across ...
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Virtual Senior Academy Urgently Expands Courses, Countering Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Virtual Senior Academy is countering increased isolation among at-risk populations by launching a slate of new courses. The COVID-19 pandemic presents an especially dangerous threat to adults 60 and older, who are more likely to de...
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JHF’S intergenerational reading program launches in Hazelwood

Amid laughter and high spirits, JHF's intergenerational reading program GRAN kicked off at two after-school programs in Hazelwood last month. Created with help of a $100,000 grant from the Heinz Endowments, GRAN matches volunteers ages...
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