The Jewish Healthcare Foundation has awarded the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle $25,000, representing the first payment on a grant of up to two years and $50,000 total. The funding will enable the Chronicle to engage healthcare reporting expertise and to support in-depth stories on issues that influence the well-being of all Pennsylvanians.
“JHF is committed to supporting thoughtful, independent, and accurate reporting in the region, and we are proud to make this grant to proactively support your efforts,” JHF officials told the Chronicle.
JHF also approved a $300,000 one-year grant to the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative to support patient safety research and development in the region. The grant will further the second phase of the Regional Autonomous Patient Safety (RAPS) initiative.
RAPS kicked off in February with a launch event co-hosted with the Pittsburgh Technology Council, hoping to establish Pittsburgh as a global hub for patient safety technology solutions.
The $300,000 grant will be used to create a $200,000 Collaborative Seed Grant Program to provide early-stage grants to Pittsburgh-based multidisciplinary R&D teams, start-ups or tech companies working toward solutions to prevent medical errors.
The Collaborative Seed Grant Program will begin accepting proposals on June 1. Funding will be awarded “based on the extent to which the autonomous patient safety solution is aligned with what healthcare providers need to work in a safe environment and the extent to which it is aligned with federal funding opportunities,” JHF officials said.
“This next phase of RAPS is designed to seed more interest, solidify ongoing partnerships, spark collaborations for autonomous patient safety technologies, and secure additional funding for patient safety R&D in the region.” PJC