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Pennsylvania Health Access Network Recruits Older Adults in Campaign to Improve Health Care System

September 15th, 2017 | Uncategorized

The Center for Consumer Engagement and Health Innovation highlighted Pennsylvania Health Access Network’s (PHAN’s) new online campaign titled “Pledge to Make Senior Voices Heard” in their September 2017 Issue of Health Innovation Highlights. The campaign aims to build a network of senior consumer leaders to advocate for a  health care delivery system that meets the needs of the older population. The campaign will begin with a focus on the delivery of long term supports and services. To read more, click here.

First Hospital Foundation Awards Rapid-Response Grants to Nationalities Service Center and Pennsylvania Health Access Network

September 7th, 2017 | Uncategorized

The First Hospital Foundation awarded two grants as part of its Rapid Response Grant program to Nationalities Service Center (NSC)  and Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN).

Nationalities Service Center (NSC) was awarded a $50,000 general operating support grant to maintain the provision of high-quality care and services to refugees and immigrants. NSC serves more than 5,000 refugees and immigrants each year from 111 countries around the world—from promoting health care access, including case management, screenings, medical appointments, insurance enrollment, and mental health supports—to addressing critical social determinants of health and wellbeing, including legal protection and job readiness training. A significant portion of NSC’s resources comes from per capita public funding linked to new refugee arrivals, even though NSC is committed to providing longer-term care and services to those in need. In the wake of the Trump Administration’s proposed reductions to refugee admissions, NSC’s public funding is at risk. Providing flexible philanthropic resources will allow NSC to continue to serve individuals and families who are already here while strengthening the organization’s capacity to diversify its funding base and prepare for the future.

Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) was awarded a $65,000 grant to build its dedicated consumer engagement and communications capacity. PHAN is working to make Pennsylvania’s health care system more accessible and affordable for all residents. PHAN trains, educates, and mobilizes community members, advocates, and organizations across the state on health policy and equity issues, including providing technical assistance to health insurance enrollment groups.  In recent months, PHAN has leveraged its deep place-based relationships to quickly educate its constituents on proposed changes to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. At the same time, they are working to ensure that a shorter open enrollment period and reduced resources for Navigation assistance does not undermine participation in Pennsylvania’s individual Marketplace. PHAN is also supporting consumer voice on a variety of pending state-level changes, including the upcoming transition in long-term care and supports through Community HealthChoices. Investing in PHAN’s capacity to engage and communicate with consumers and diverse stakeholders is essential to sustaining and improving coverage for Philadelphia’s 652,784 Medicaid enrollees and 166,974 Marketplace enrollees.

2017 Lipman Family Prize Awarded to Women Against Abuse

May 4th, 2017 | Uncategorized

Congratulations to Women Against Abuse, the first nonprofit in Philadelphia to receive the Lipman Family Prize. The organization received the prize during an awards ceremony on April 28, 2017, for its vision and leadership in Shared Safety: Philadelphia’s response to Relational Violence, a collective impact approach. Women Against Abuse is a nonprofit agency in Philadelphia providing care and advocating for victims of domestic violence. To read more, click here.

Meeting Goals and Tracking Outcomes: A Look at Sunday Suppers

February 22nd, 2017 | Uncategorized

Sunday Suppers’ Executive Director, Linda Samost, was recently featured in an interview with Generocity’s Julie Zeglen. In the interview, Samost discusses the robust outcomes-tracking process that Sunday Suppers uses to prove its programs’ effectiveness. Sunday Suppers is a food access nonprofit that provides healthy cooking classes. To read more and watch the interview, click here.

New Report Reveals Impact of ACA Repeal on Pennsylvania

February 8th, 2017 | Uncategorized

The Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative (PHFC) released a data report suggesting that nearly all Pennsylvanians would be affected if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The report indicates the magnitude of entities affected if the ACA is repealed, including not just those who are insured through the healthcare marketplace, but those residents with private healthcare coverage, residents insured through Medicare or Medicaid, hospital employees and consumers, and beyond. With the help of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN), the report includes an attachment of stories from consumers and what a repeal of their coverage would mean for them.   For a summary of PHFC’s data and Report, click here.

Like-Minded Rally for Mental Health and Substance Use Reform

July 11th, 2016 | Uncategorized

All are invited to the Like-Minded Rally for Mental Health and Substance Use Reform, taking place at Dilworth Park in front of City Hall on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. The event is organized by The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, and will feature speakers from national and local mental health and substance use organizations. This event is open to the public. Learn more and register by clicking here.


Sunday Suppers Featured on “What’s Cooking on 1060!”

July 11th, 2016 | Uncategorized

In a recent episode of the KYW podcast, “What’s Cooking on 1060!”, Sunday Suppers’ founder, Linda Samost, described the Sunday Suppers program, which brings families together around the dinner table and offers access to healthy foods, education, and a social gathering space. To hear Samost talk about this valuable program, click here

Healthy Newsworks is celebrated with award from College of Physicians of Philadelphia

May 18th, 2016 | Uncategorized

Healthy Newsworks is in the spotlight this May for receiving the 2016 Organizational Public Health Recognition Award from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The award is given annually to recognize organizations that contribute substantially to community health in the Philadelphia area.  Healthy Newsworks was honored for “its work to promote health and literacy by engaging elementary and middle school students to address intellectually and creatively the health issues that confront their generation.” To learn more about the award, click here.

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