Jewish Healthcare Foundation Approves over $1M in Grants, Including Establishing a Precision Public Health Collaboratory, Patient Safety Technology Challenge 2.0, The Justin Reid Ehrenwerth Award and Supporting the 10.27 Healing Partnership Phase II

PITTSBURGH, PA – The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) approved over $1,100,000 in grants, including funds for Precision Public Health Collaboratory, Phase II of the 10.27 Healing Partnership, the Patient Safety Technology Challenge 2.0, establishing the Justin Reid Ehrenwerth Award, continued support for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and to continue the JHF Feinstein Fellowships and internships.

Establishing the Precision Public Health Collaboratory

JHF approved funding up to $100,000, or $50,000 for each grantee, for Pitt Public Health and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to establish the Precision Public Health Collaboratory as a hub to combine Pitt Public Health's expertise in data science with CMU's world-renowned expertise in AI/ML and computer science.

The grant will be used for a one-day workshop of Pitt and CMU faculty to explore the components of a Pitt and CMU collaboration and for the creation of Precision Public Health Collaboration Pilot Awards to foster collaborative research projects including at least one Pitt investigator and one CMU investigator.

10.27 Healing Partnership Phase II

JHF approved $200,000 in funding, or $50,0000 a year from 2023-2026, to implement Phase II of the Jewish Community Center's (JCC) 10.27 Healing Partnership. The funding will help to expand the 10.27 Healing Partnership's programming and services beyond that of the direct victims and the Pittsburgh Jewish community, providing alternative healing therapies, community presentations, coordinate efforts to build impact among school-age populations impacted by ongoing trauma, and to work with the Virtual Senior Academy at AgeWell at JCC to better understand the trauma experienced by seniors within and beyond Squirrel Hill.

Patient Safety Technology Challenge 2.0

JHF approved up to $275,000 in funding to organize an annual virtual Grand Challenge, an opportunity to reward the continued progress of the teams that competed in the Patient Safety Technology Challenge-sponsored events and catalyze the teams to the next stages of ideation, development, and commercialization with selected finalists being announced at a major industry event.

Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative will also continue to fund national, regional, and university-led competitions to add the "BIG IDEA: Patient Safety Technology Awards" to their events as part of the Patient Safety Technology Challenge.

The Justin Reid Ehrenwerth Award

In honor of Justin Reid Ehrenwerth life's work and legacy, JHF approved a one-time grant of $50,000 to the Anti-Defamation League's Cleveland Chapter and $200,000 to establish a fund at JHF which will provide an annual award to recognize and support organizations in Pittsburgh, Louisiana, and Washington, DC, which perpetuate the values, ideals, and aspirations that Justin exemplified in his lifetime.

The Justin Reid Ehrenwerth Community Impact Award will be administered by a selection committee consisting of members of the Ehrenwerth family and their designees, and they will annually select an organization to recognize for their work with an award amount determined by the committee.

Grant Renewals

JHF renewed its annual support for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, approving $68,000 for general operating support and approved $225,000 per year for internships and the JHF Feinstein Fellowships, including the Salk Health Activist Fellowship, Patient Safety Fellowship, Death & Dying Fellowship, and Death & Dying Series for Healthcare Professionals. 


Available for Interviews: Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, President and CEO, Jewish Healthcare Foundation 

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