More than $1 million in grants distributed by JHF
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More than $1 million in grants distributed by JHF

JHF Women’s Reproductive Health Emergency Fund, CMU, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, Allegheny Conference of Community Development, to receive grants

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation recently approved a series of grants totaling more than $1 million, including up to $150,000 to establish the JHF Women’s Reproductive Health Emergency Fund.

The goal of the new fund is to protect access to women’s health care in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson overturning Roe v. Wade.

The fund was allocated in anticipation of “the grave impact on the health of women, including an increase in pregnancy complication, denials of care and increase in preterm births and maternal mortality,” according to a JHF press release.

In addition to the support of advocacy efforts to secure long-term solutions to improved health outcomes and rights preservation and the development of data collection mechanisms to track change in service delivery, outcomes and resource use and needs, the grant will focus on the greatest needs identified to save lives, reduce waiting times for services and reproductive health workers, protect women seeking services and their providers and maintain or increase access.

Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of JHF, said that despite pursuing a meaningful women’s health agenda since the foundation began, the organization never imagined having to address the loss of Roe v. Wade.

“The implications of this setback are deep and broad,” she said. “It is an enormous setback for women, families, employers and will stress our day care, medical, financial assistance and mental health systems. It was a challenge we couldn’t ignore.”

The organization also approved a $500,000 two-year grant to Carnegie Mellon University to establish an Initiative for Patient Safety Research, to address the problem of medical errors, which is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

“Our new grant to Carnegie Mellon University builds on funding we approved in 2021 to establish Pittsburgh as a regional innovation hub in autonomous patient safety solutions. If we aspire to be a global leader in patient safety technology, a partnership with CMU brings the critical mass in informatics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics that will allow inspired discovery,” Feinstein said.

Two grants are focused on providing support for the senior community.

The first, a $300,000 grant, was awarded to develop a strategic work plan and an initial set of activities to address the clinical, societal, policy and financial inequities older women experience in health care.

A second, three-year $100,000 grant, will enable Presbyterian SeniorCare Network to hire a service coordinator at Oakland Pride, Pittsburgh’s first LGBTQ-friendly senior housing community.

Feinstein called the health care inequities for older women a call to action.

“Our grants in these areas give us the leeway to study the problems, identify the best options and best partners, and pursue the most promising interventions,” she said.

A final $68,000 grant was awarded to the Allegheny Conference of Community Development for the 2022-23 fiscal year in support of its 2020-2030 Next Is Now: A 10-Year Vision of Vitality for the Pittsburgh Region. PJC

David Rullo can be reached at drullo@pittsburghjewishchronicle.org.

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