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Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Previous Projects & Programs

  • The Breast Test

    JHF has been a champion for early detection and prevention of breast cancer. The Breast Test was a breast cancer detection, screening, and outreach program. The Foundation partnered with WQED-TV to air a one-hour program on public television stations across Pennsylvania, which taught thousands of women about the importance of early detection, screening methods, and treatment options.

    The Breast Test Initiative was a catalyst for the Foundation's three-year support for the National Council of Jewish Women to start the "Race for the Cure" in 1993. It has become an annual Mother's Day tradition, attracting more than 35,000 participants and raising over $2 million annually.

  • Coordinated Care Network

    The Coordinated Care Network (CCN) is a unique partnership of 12 area agencies with a proven track record of service to the uninsured and underserved populations of Allegheny County. Network partners form a collaboration of community-based medical, psychological, and social service agencies. They provide a health and wellness safety net for the underserved through disease management, case management, and organizational protocols with a client focus. CCN's success has led to integrated services, increased effectiveness, and a managed-care negotiating network with viable means of financing and delivering care to the uninsured.

    Learn more at http://www.coordinatedcarenetwork.org/

  • Customer Service Evaluations

    This program provided Jewish community organizations with feedback from their constituencies. A tailored survey determined overall levels of satisfaction, evaluated perceived gaps in service, and allowed for collaborative planning of solutions and programs.

  • Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers

    The Jewish obligation to visit the sick inspired JHF to create Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Southwestern Pennsylvania, a network of churches and synagogues that mobilizes and trains volunteers to reach out to the isolated elderly of their congregations with companionship and assistance in daily living.

  • Long-Term Care Champions

    The Long-Term Care Champion program was designed to enhance the clinical, communication, and data-tracking skills of front line workers in skilled nursing facilities in order to reduce hospital readmissions among their increasingly frail, chronically ill residents.

  • Medical Centralized Information and Coordination Project

    As government institutions transitioned into providing the new Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, it was important that residents who previously relied on Medicare and Medicaid would continue to receive the benefits to which they were entitled. This program offered a transitional safety net, providing individuals in Allegheny County with all the information necessary to help them choose the prescription plans that were right for them, and to ensure that this information was distributed in a timely manner.

  • Operation KidShot

    In response to eight children in Philadelphia dying during a measles outbreak, JHF, the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, and United Way undertook Operation KidShot in 1992, a project to immunize children in southwestern Pennsylvania against preventable childhood diseases, and to link families to sources of health care. Nearly 6,000 children were immunized as a result of Operation KidShot, which also helped pass a state law that requires all health insurers to cover childhood immunizations. In 1992, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Connaught Laboratories, Inc. honored JHF with the Immunization Award for Operation KidShot.

  • Perfecting Chronic Care

    The UPMC St. Margaret Lawrenceville Family Health Center has restructured the way it cares for patients with diabetes and depression. The Center's current care program offers a community-based demonstration of Perfecting Patient Care principles. Redesigned specifically according to the needs of patients, the chronic care program works to improve clinical outcomes, improve the efficiency of care, and increase worker satisfaction.

  • Pittsburgh Elderhostel

    Based on a larger national program of the same name, Elderhostel gives seniors opportunities for learning, social and cultural engagement, and community involvement. A network of community organizations, including the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, ensures the success of this program by adapting current cultural, social, and civic institutions to suit the needs and perspectives of active seniors.

  • Pittsburgh Health Collaborative

    The goal of this initiative is create to a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in the Pittsburgh region that will work together to participate in the Bureau of Primary Care Health Collaborative on Chronic Disease. This regional collaborative uses education, information sharing, and a community-based, grass-roots approach to redesigning and constantly working to improve care. The Jewish Healthcare Foundation provided a start-up grant for planning and structural phases of the project in the hope that it will develop an evidence-based model of care whose success can be demonstrated and replicated on a national level.

  • The Squirrel Hill Food Pantry

    The Squirrel Hill Food Pantry is the only Food Bank Program in Western Pennsylvania that provides a full array of kosher foods. It began as a response to the needs of the poor and hungry, as identified by the Healthy Jewish Community Project and several follow-up studies. In addition to distributing food to immigrants, the elderly, and the working poor, the small staff and a large number of dedicated volunteers also provide social support services for families in need.

    Learn more at http://www.sqfoodpantry.org/

  • Working Hearts®

    The need was great. One out of three women in the United States was affected by heart disease. Yet when asked about their greatest health risks, heart disease was not at the top of the list for most women. Unwilling to accept this statistic, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation provided seed funding to launch Working Hearts®, running from 2002-2007.

    Working Hearts® grew quickly to become a coalition of more than 70 community organizations dedicated to the credo "Strong Women/Strong Hearts." The plan was to get women to know their numbers (body mass index-BMI, cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure) and to realize that making incremental changes in their lifestyles could greatly affect their risk for developing heart disease. Building on success, Working Hearts® expanded its mission in 2005 to address the needs of working-age men and women because we believe that an informed employee can be a "well" employee.

    We thank the coalition who worked with us to spread the word and helped the community adopt a healthier lifestyle. If you would like more information about heart disease, please visit the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

    Learn more at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/index.htm

  • Medical Assistant Champions Program

    The Medical Assistant Champions program is designed to equip medical assistants with the skills and knowledge they need to take on significantly more responsibility for patient care, thus reducing the burden on physicians and other members of the care team.

  • Primary Care Resource Center

    As primary investigator, PRHI led a three-year, $10.4 million Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) project from 2013 to 2015 which sought to show that a hospital-based support hub—called a Primary Care Resource Center (PCRC)—staffed by nurse care managers, a pharmacist, and an administrative assistant with full access to their institution’s array of specialty services, could improve care for patients with three common chronic illnesses. A network of six  independent regional hospitals adopted the PCRC model, which is based on a PRHI-developed prototype that was piloted at Monongahela Valley Hospital. The care teams worked to improve patient care and reduce total cost of care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary lung disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), and/or acute myocardial infarction (AMI). 

    PRHI’s internal evaluation of the nearly 9,000 patients seen at the PCRCs shows that average 30-day readmissions dropped by 25% and 90-day total cost of care declined by $1,000 per patient.  

  • REACH (Regional Extension and Assistance Center for Health Information Technology)

    PRHI was a key player in the Pennsylvania Regional Extension Center program established by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009. Through PA REACH, PRHI provided assistance, quality improvement training, workflow redesign, and information on best practices for implementing and optimizing the use of electronic health record technology to improve the quality and value of health care. At the project's conclusion, 860 providers were assisted across 340 sites; 99% of those providers were using EHRs; and 90% have attained Meaningful Use.

  • COMPASS (Care of Mental, Physical, and Substance Use Syndromes)

    PRHI was one of eight partners on the three-year, $18 million COMPASS project, which was funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and led by the Institute of Clinical Systems Improvement. COMPASS helped primary care practices in seven different states to treat adult patients with depression together with cardiovascular disease and/or diabetes. PRHI was responsible for project management, practice recruitment, training and coaching, implementation, community engagement, and sustainability in Pennsylvania. PRHI enrolled the second‐highest number of patients (760) among COMPASS partners from 2013 to 2015. 

    COMPASS demonstrated that screening and treating patients for depression with an expanded primary care team, including a care manager and consulting psychiatrist, can improve outcomes for patients. For the Pennsylvania COMPASS patients who had an uncontrolled disease at enrollment, 44% achieved depression remission or response. Twenty-three percent controlled previously high blood sugar, and 50% achieved blood pressure control. 

  • Community Health Workers Champions

    The Community Health Workers (CHW) Champions program provided training and coaching to 15 staff members from Community LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) and LIFE Pittsburgh who provide support in seniors’ homes. The goal of the program, held from 2016 to 2017, was to develop and trial a curriculum with these Champions to strengthen organizational and family communication strategies, improve CHW skills in health monitoring and early identification of problems, interact compassionately with seniors experiencing cognitive or mental health issues, and to create connections and implement interventions that promote optimum health and maximize independence for seniors.

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