Projects & Programs

Through the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and our operating arms—the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), Health Careers Futures (HCF), and the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal)—we create an army of partners, change agents, and quality improvement leaders; and turn our region into a lab for testing new models of care.

We are a grantmaking organization, providing more than $120 million, since our inception, to others striving to improve health and health care in our region.

We are also a grantee, garnering myriad federal, state, and foundation grants which allow our staff to support the work of healthcare practitioners and providers. With our leadership and guidance, healthcare providers demonstrate how critical quality improvements can make enormous differences in the lives of patients and in the cost of providing care.

  • Adolescent Behavioral Health Initiative
    The Adolescent Behavioral Health Initiative began in April 2016 and aims to improve access to and accountability for effective behavioral health services for adolescents in Allegheny County, with an initial focus on those in crisis. The initiative kicked off with funding by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, the Staunton Farm Foundation, and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
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  • AIDS Free Pittsburgh
    JHF serves as the fiscal agent for AIDS Free Pittsburgh (AFP) –  a public health movement to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Allegheny County. AFP is comprised of government agencies, healthcare systems, and community organizations that collectively focus on education, outreach, and advocacy work to reach AFP’s goals. For more information, visit
  • Closure
    Closure is an initiative to change expectations for end-of-life. The goal for Closure is to empower consumers and healthcare professionals with easy-to-access, simple-to-understand information and resources to make informed decisions about end-of-life.
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  • COVID-19 Consortium
    The Southwest PA COVID-19 Consortium launched in May 2020 as the first regional consortium to support contact tracing in the Commonwealth with funding from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation. In collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation mobilized the consortium’s members and helped to coordinate their work. The consortium monitored the number of needed vs. available contact tracers in the region, assisted recruitment of contact tracers, assured that specialized training is available for the contact tracers, and disseminated resources. The Consortium is now mobilizing COVID-19 communication campaigns. The consortium is made up of over 100 members, which include community-based organizations, health organizations, counties, and social service agencies, among others.
  • Full Court Press
    In 2020, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) embarked on a new one-year initiative, called JHF’s Full Court Press, to pursue three policy goals: a National Patient Safety Board, a comprehensive approach to pregnancy and postpartum care, and new models for senior residential living. JHF formed three new Full Court Press Teams with Board members around these three areas and holds regular virtual meetings with guest experts from across the country to advance these policy aspirations.
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  • GRAN - An Intergenerational Reading Program
    The GRAN Intergenerational Reading program aims to increase opportunities for children and seniors to engage and learn together. The program will match child care centers with seniors residing in long term care facilities, who are facing increased isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilizing the foundation of the Heartwood Ethics Curriculum for Children, participants young and old engage in meaningful conversations around seven values (hope, loyalty, justice, courage, love, respect, and honesty) while sharing the pleasure of reading. A virtual platform will allow the GRAN Intergeneration Reading program to connect generations and foster meaningful relationships in a time of social distance.
  • Health Activist Network
    The Health Activist Network empowers health professionals to create the health system in which they want to work. Launched in 2017, the Health Activist Network is an in-person and online hub for health professionals from across the continuum to create the health system we all need by accelerating policy and care delivery improvements. The network, which started with participants in the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's Fellowship, internship, and Champions programs, has since grown to include a broad swathe of Pittsburgh’s healthcare community as well as national policy and advocacy leaders. The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative manages the Health Activist Network, with funding from the DSF Charitable Foundation and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. For more information, visit
  • HealthChoices Patient-Centered Medical Home Learning Network
    The HealthChoices Physical Health Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are working with Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) and the Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) to facilitate the HealthChoices Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Learning Network—one of the provider requirements for this PCMH Program. PRHI is coordinating the PCMH Learning Network across Pennsylvania, and facilitating the quarterly, regional learning collaborative sessions for the Southwest/Northwest and Northeast regions. HFP is facilitating the quarterly, regional learning collaborative sessions for Lehigh/Capital and Southeast. The goals of the PCMH Learning Network are to support the PCMH providers and Physical Health MCOs in achieving the shared PCMH aims, identifying and acting on improvement strategies in response to opportunities for improvement toward the common PCMH aims and measures, and developing an internal capacity to continuously learn, adapt, and improve.
  • High Tech + High Touch Health Care
    Launched in 2021, the High Tech + High Touch Health Care mini series focuses on how technology can enable high touch care through the Liftoff PGH Regional Agenda’s six key objectives for health innovation. The Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation co-host the companion series. Read more »
  • HIV/AIDS Fiscal Agency
    JHF has been the fiscal agent for HIV/AIDS funding in southwestern Pennsylvania since 1992. In this capacity, the Foundation manages funds from multiple government funding sources, providing oversight, monitoring, data reporting, quality management, technical assistance, and funding to the AIDS Service Organization (ASO) grantees under its agency. These ASOs facilitate the delivery of healthcare, supportive, and housing services to eligible individuals living with HIV, and prevention/education services to at-risk populations.
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  • Internships
    Graduate students who are passionate about innovations in healthcare delivery, policy, and patient safety can pursue their interests through paid summer internship opportunities with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and its supporting organizations. Internships are available during the school year as well, although the program is less formal. 
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  • Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI)
    The Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to engage HIV-positive individuals who have been lost-to-care. Only about 25% of individuals with HIV in the United States are successfully keeping their virus under control, and this has serious consequences for them, their partners, their living or unborn children, and for the economy. JHF is working with AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) across the state.
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  • National Patient Safety Board (NPSB)
    Through the Full Court Press initiative and in partnership with a national coalition, JHF and PRHI are advancing a National Patient Safety Board (NPSB) modeled on the well-established and successful National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NPSB, like the NTSB, would guarantee a data-driven, non-punitive, collaborative approach to reducing adverse events. At its core, the NPSB would identify significant harm, study the adverse events, and create recommendations, including autonomous solutions, to prevent adverse events from re-occurring. For more information, visit
  • PA Youth Advocacy Network
    JHF has developed a PA Youth Advocacy Network to bring together youth and youth organizations to share resources, collaborate on a shared policy agenda, and effectively advocate for change. Representatives from 26 different high schools and over ten community partners have been involved in the network. The Network kicked off in 2018 with a Youth Advocacy Summit, and has continued with regular calls, advocacy campaigns, legislative visits, and advocacy workshops.
  • Patient-Centered Practice Transformation
    With an in-depth understanding of best practices for chronic disease management and quality improvement, PRHI is able to provide educational resources, tools, and technical assistance to clinicians through a variety of learning programs. For example, PRHI serves as faculty for the NRHI High-Value Care Support and Alignment Network (SAN) in CMS’s Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), with a focus on behavioral health integration, quality improvement, care management, motivational interviewing, advanced care planning, and end of life.
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  • Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative
    The Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) was launched in April 2019, with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation as an action arm of the Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC). Over 60 birth sites and NICUs and over 10 health plans across the Commonwealth are actively identifying perinatal processes that need to be improved and quickly adopting best practices to achieve the common aims. The focus areas include maternal Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), contraceptive care, maternal depression, and severe hypertension.
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  • Revisiting the Teaching Nursing Home Initiative
    The Revisiting the Teaching Nursing Home Initiative will implement a contemporary version of the Teaching Nursing Home model in three regions of Pennsylvania to demonstrate how enhanced partnerships between academic nursing schools and skilled nursing facilities can improve quality and cost outcomes. The project will draw upon existing resources from the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative while integrating lessons learned and partnerships created through the COVID-19 pandemic and the original Teaching Nursing Home model implementation from the 1980s. The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) and University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing are each providing faculty and educational support. The Henry L. Hillman Foundation, Independence Foundation, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, and The John A. Hartford Foundation co-fund this initiative.
  • Pittsburgh: A Safer Childbirth City
    Pittsburgh: A Safer Childbirth City aims to transform the city into a safer, more equitable and accessible place to give birth. Through support from the Heinz Endowments and Merck for Mothers, WHAMglobal has established the WHAMglobal Community Fund for maternal health service providers to ensure that services are coordinated and meeting the needs of all moms and babies. The Community Fund brings together funding organizations committed to maternal health from across our region, and distribute funds to support small safety-net organizations providing maternal health services across the pregnancy and birth continuum. The Fund supports networks and collaboration among grassroots organizations delivering maternal health services in priority communities in order to improve access and availability of high-quality services, reduce health disparities, and improve maternal health. The Fund has also established a learning collaborative for participating organizations to provide a forum for collaboration and training (including technical assistance) on topics, such as quality improvement, marketing, communications, and strategic planning.
  • Public Health
    From our inception, JHF has played a community role in public health. From our early public health campaigns, including Operation KidShot, The Breast Test, and Working Hearts®, to our current initiatives, JHF is committed to taking on public health issues that are timely, but underserved.
  • Regional Congregate Care Assistance Teams
    In January-February 2021, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation served as lead educator in the Regional Congregate Care Assistance Teams (RCAT), a new, more limited version of the Regional Response Health Collaboratives Program (RRHCP) that provided COVID-19 outbreak support to long-term care facilities. JHF conducts statewide webinars for personal care homes and assisted living facilities, focusing on improving campaigns and uptake for staff vaccinations/reducing vaccine hesitancy.
  • Senior Connections
    Since its inception, JHF has been committed to improving the physical, mental, and social well-being of older adults. With the Baby Boomer generation re-defining what it means to age well, the Foundation in 2016 kicked off a multi-pronged Senior Connections initiative. Senior Connections aims to strengthen an umbrella of services and supports that the region’s older adults require to live safely and satisfyingly—including adequate housing with and without services, exercise and recreational opportunities, geriatric-friendly health care, nutrition, technology and caregiver supports.
  • Up Next for Patient Safety Podcast
    The Up Next for Patient Safety podcast series launched in conjunction with the campaign to establish a National Patient Safety Board, will engage in conversations with experts in health care and technology to examine the best paths to guaranteeing patient safety. Hear about different solutions to existing problems that are possible right now. We have the capacity during the “once in a century” pandemic to gain the attention and support of a nation to address those current and ongoing errors and adverse events that cause unnecessary illness, death and long-term disability. Join host Karen Wolk Feinstein, president & CEO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, as she untangles the components of safer care for us all. Listen here.