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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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Statewide WIC Summit Convenes Key Stakeholders

On October 14 and 15, over 300 WIC statewide leaders, advocates and stakeholders convened virtually for the Pennsylvania WIC Stakeholders' Collaborative Summit webinars. Hosted by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the Pennsylvania H...
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JHF Grants Allegheny Health Network $75,000 Grant to Reinvest in Quality Maternal Care Model

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) granted Allegheny Health Network (AHN) $75,000 to launch a plan to re-design a value-based care model for women and infants. This model includes incorporating social workers into AHN maternity car...
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WHAMglobal Hosts 2020 Election Town Hall: What’s at Stake for Women+

On October 15, the Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal) convened expert health and policy leaders for a discussion of crucial women+ health issues and policy points. Over 50 attendees joined via Zoom and 1,442 people we...
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Salk Fellowship Kicks Off Aimed at Successful Maternity Policy Change

The Salk Health Activist Fellowship commenced on September 21st with 29 enthusiastic Fellows, ready to build their advocacy skills and tackle maternal health issues. As the United States heads toward a critical election, maternal healt...
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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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PA PQC Announces Awards and Advances Maternal Health Quality Improvement

The Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) awarded $75,000 across 5 PA PQC birth hospitals and NICUs in recognition of the quality improvement milestones they completed to improve care for pregnant and postpartum women w...
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JHF Testifies on Maternal Mortality for PA Democratic Policy Committee

During an August 12 joint virtual hearing of the PA Senate and House Democratic Policy Committee, Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) Chief Policy Officer Robert Ferguson, MPH presented remarks on further action to address maternal mort...
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Stakeholders Direct the PA Perinatal Quality Collaborative to Launch a Maternal Depression and Racial Equity Initiative

In response to guidance from stakeholders, the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) is launching an initiative to improve maternal depression screening and follow-up rates and reduce racial disparities, with support fr...
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New ROOTS, Beyond Medicalization: Midwives and Maternity Care in America

Introducing the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's new ROOTS publication, Beyond Medicalization: Midwives and Maternity Care in America. Under the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is rapidly moving into a new era of healthcare de...
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Statewide Maternal Health Collaborative Continues Despite COVID-19

With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic overwhelming many healthcare teams and limiting travel, the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) converted the in-person Learning Collaborative session to a virtual session on M...
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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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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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Pittsburgh nonprofits to receive $1 million grant to reduce maternal deaths and narrow disparities

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and its operating organization the Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal) are excited to announce the launch of Pittsburgh: A Safer Childbirth City, an initiative that aims...
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JHF & WHAMglobal head to Canada for women’s health study tour

The Women's Health Study Tour coincided with the International Women's Forum World Leadership Conference in Toronto, an invitation-only gathering of more than 7,000 women from 33 nations across six continents. In the two days leading u...
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Watch, wait, and wonder: Australia early childhood expert shares best practices, inspiration

Early childhood expert Dr. Michael Zilibowitz brought insight and inspiration to Pittsburgh last week from the exemplary early childhood center he runs near Sydney, Australia. The Dalwood Spilstead Early Years Intervention and Sup...
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Doulas-in-training offer vital support for immigrant and refugee moms

Doulas can play an important role in achieving a successful pregnancy. While OB/GYNs and nurse-midwives provide clinical oversight of pregnancy and childbirth, a doula can provide physical, emotional, educational and practical support ...
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Jewish Healthcare Foundation Gives $20,000 Award for Excellence in Maternity Care

Twenty-nine graduate students and young professionals representing 17 healthcare disciplines participated in the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's (JHF) Patient Safety Fellowship and awarded $20,000 to Penn Medicine's Hospital of the Univ...
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Geisinger Health System shares maternal healthcare practices

Nestled in the hills of northeastern Pennsylvania is one of the commonwealth's leaders in healthcare innovation. Geisinger Health System played host on July 17 to more than two dozen Pittsburghers eager to learn from its best practices...
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