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Jewish Healthcare Foundation Awards $1.4 million in Grants
PITTSBURGH—January 7, 2013—The Jewish Healthcare Foundation board of directors, at their December year-end meeting, approved eight grants totaling more than $1.4 million.
The eight grants cover several priority areas: healthcare workforce development, safety and quality, medical and health professions education, education and services to the underserved. A number of the grants cover multiple years.
Among the workforce and education grants are:
• $50,000 to the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) to develop, coordinate, and convene a national healthcare workforce summit which will link national organizations that represent employers who purchase healthcare with organizations that are focused on delivering high value care for the purpose of identifying emerging healthcare workforce needs resulting from the confluence of significant healthcare reform, technological advances, and an aging patient population. This event follows up on preliminary issues identified during an October, 2012 “thought leaders” meeting in Pittsburgh, jointly convened by the Foundation and the NAWB.
• $40,000 to the Association of American Medical Colleges to develop a framing paper and convene thought leaders in medical education to determine how to best implement the new competencies around systems-based practice in graduate medical education. The objective is to create a new generation of physician leaders prepared to establish systems that are safe, efficient and reliable.
• $100,000 over five years to the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health to upgrade classrooms to accommodate technology and facilitate team learning experiences. This project is seen as vital to the region’s ability to recruit and retain the best faculty and students and to maintain its position as a global leader in public health research, education, and practice.
• $45,000 per year for three years to extend the Jewish Healthcare Foundation graduate student internship program. This program, first established in 2011, serves to train and engage the next generation of healthcare professionals, providing students interested in healthcare quality improvement with invaluable training and hands-on experience. Interns begin the ten-week program by completing a four-day Perfecting Patient CareSM University, in which they are trained in JHF’s healthcare quality improvement methodology before working on summer projects in a number of JHF healthcare quality improvement initiatives.
The Safety Net grants include:
• $100,000 over three years to the Endowment Fund for the Community House at East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM). EECM’s Community House, built on settlement house concepts, provides shelter for the homeless and food for the hungry. It is seen by EECM as an opportunity to better serve the economically disadvantaged in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhoods.
• $45,000 over three years in continued support of the Human Services Integration Fund, created within The Pittsburgh Foundation, and funded in collaboration with a coalition of other area funders, as a flexible spending pool to support projects that foster sustainable improvements within the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.
• $65,000 to the United Way of Allegheny County’s Impact Fund, which is allocated through a rigorous proposal and accountability process to meet human service needs. This includes $5,000 to the United for Women Fund.
• $900,000 block grant to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to be used by Federation beneficiary agencies to address the health needs of the Jewish population, including the elderly, children, families with children who have special needs, and the poor. The annual grant, which JHF has provided since its inception, represents 60% of the $1.5 million in annual operating funds the Jewish Federation distributed for 2012-2013 to agencies and programs to support human service needs in Pittsburgh.
JHF President & CEO Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD believes that “These are critical initiatives that will help position Allegheny County to play a leadership role in promoting innovations in service delivery, workforce development, and health professions education. They promote unique partnerships, a distinguishing feature of our work and funding style.”
In addition to the grants noted above, JHF awarded more than $50,000 in smaller grants, ranging from $200 to $20,000, to 31 local organizations.
To learn more about the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, visit www.jhf.org.
About the Jewish Healthcare Foundation
The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is a nonprofit, public charity established in 1990 with proceeds from the sale of Montefiore Hospital. JHF is a unique institution with a highly trained staff and two supporting organizations, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) and Health Careers Futures (HCF), whose activities directly advance its mission. It has become a leading national voice in patient safety, healthcare quality improvement, and workforce issues.