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Meeting Goals and Tracking Outcomes: A Look at Sunday Suppers

February 22, 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 8, 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(PHFC) released a data report suggesting that nearly all Pennsylvanians would be affected if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The report indicates the magnitude of entities affected if the ACA is repealed, including not just those who are insured through the healthcare marketplace, but those residents with private healthcare coverage, residents insured through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.

Open Position at First Hospital Foundation

February 8, 2017 | Uncategorized

The First Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce the position of Program Officer, an exciting opportunity to support the Foundation’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This position provides leadership for on-the-ground execution of the Foundation’s grant strategies.

Qualified candidates will have proven expertise in establishing and nurturing relationships with strategic partners, i.e. nonprofits, government agencies, colleague foundations, and key decision-makers. The candidate will need a broad and deep understanding of the field of health, precursors to health (social determinates such as poverty, affordable housing, social supports, etc.), and health philanthropy. The candidate must be able to develop and implement long-term grantmaking initiatives, including identification of intended outcomes, scope, scale and structure of initiatives.

Candidates must have at least five (5) years of relevant experience in the health industry, health policy, nonprofit, government, academic, or a philanthropic organization addressing the needs of vulnerable people. Furthermore, the candidate must demonstrate extensive experience in leading and executing multiple grant strategies and review cycles. Candidate must hold a Master’s level degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. MPH, MBA, MSW, MPP, or JD). A combination of education and experience may be substituted for education requirements.

If you are an experienced professional who wants a rewarding opportunity to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable and underserved people in Philadelphia, please submit a cover letter expressing your passion for the mission, specific experience and fit for the program officer position along with your resume to info@firsthospitalfdn.org. To see the full position description, please click here.

This position closes on February 28, 2017.

Cheers to 30 Years of the Women’s Community Revitalization Project

October 13, 2016 | Grantees in the news

A recent Philadelphia Inquirer article placed Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) in the spotlight for their dedication to providing equitable housing and supports for local women and their families. The article provides a brief, but impressive, history of WCRP’s formation, which began 30 years ago. Nora Lichtash, WCRP’s Executive Director, and  Stacie Moore, the board’s co-chair, were interviewed for the article. The two are recognized as leaders in organizing women for social change through affordable development.  Read the full article here.

Like-Minded Rally for Mental Health and Substance Use Reform

July 11, 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 11, 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 18, 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.

The Foundation’s 2016 Grant Cycle is Suspended

April 26, 2016 | Foundation news

The First Hospital Foundation will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year.  In its first  19 years of existence, the First Hospital Foundation has made 278 grants to 157 nonprofits totaling $19.5 million.

We are now engaged in a strategic planning process that will continue through 2016.  This process will serve a variety of purposes.  Primary among these is to maximize our grantmaking in the current health care environment. We are exploring opportunities to improve our processes and to measure our impact on the health of the community.  During this process, the Foundation’s Board and staff will be concentrating our efforts on developing a sound strategy that allows everyone the opportunity to achieve optimal health and well-being.

We will be focusing most of our efforts on the planning process described above; therefore, the Foundation is suspending its 2016 grant cycle. We will not be accepting grant applications this year. 

We will announce our new grantmaking strategy in early 2017.

Transforming re-entry for women formerly incarcerated: an interview with Rev. Michelle Anne Simmons

April 19, 2016 | Grantees in the news

Why Not Prosper’s founder and CEO, Rev. Michelle Anne Simmons, was interviewed on Comcast Newsmakers. In the interview, Rev. Simmons described a breadth of services offered by Why Not Prosper to women transitioning from prison into the community, as well as her own journey. To watch, click here.

Philadelphia’s youngest reporters will display their work at Healthy Newswork’s 2016 book launch

April 15, 2016 | Grantees in the news

Healthy Newsworks has opened registration for their 2016 book-launch on May 24. The event will showcase a new book by Healthy Newsworks’ inquisitive student journalists: Leading Healthy Change in Our Communities 2016, a compilation of stories about local leaders in health and safety. The event will also feature exclusive book signing by Healthy Newsworks’ student authors. Event will be held from 6 to 8pm on May 24 at the Merion Tribute House, 625 Hazelhurst Avenue, Merion Station, PA 19066. For more information, click here.



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