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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.

Two-in-one cooking and ESL class at Nationalities Service Center

January 29, 2016 | Grantees in the news

Nationalities Service Center was recently featured on WHYY’s NewsWorks for their new program, “Edible Alphabet”, a partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia that offers an English language and cooking class hybrid created for new immigrants and refugees in the city. The class pairs an English as a second language instructor with a chef, and together they facilitate a class for language learning, socializing, and cooking affordable meals. To learn more, click here.

Lutheran Settlement House on WHYY’s “The Pulse”: battling domestic violence in the medical office

January 5, 2016 | Grantees in the news

Lutheran Settlement House’s Medical Advocacy Supervisor, Marcella Slick, was recently featured on WHYY’s radio program, The Pulse. The segment titled “Doctors asking about domestic violence is important, but daunting” was aired on December 16th, 2015, and covered an array of benefits and challenges for medical doctors asking patients about domestic violence.  Read more here.

MANNA continues to champion ‘Food is Medicine’ movement through cutting-edge partnership with local insurer

December 23, 2015 | Grantees in the news

Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) was recently featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer for its newfound alliance with Health Partners Plans, Inc. The partnership allows MANNA to submit claims to Health Partners for delivering nutritional meals to diabetics who are members of Health Partners’ Medicaid Program. The article describes the deal as showing “insurers’ increasing desire to experiment with more holistic approaches to care”, and combating health factors outside of the doctor’s office. Read more.

WHYY’s episode featuring Sunday Suppers wins Emmy

December 18, 2015 | Grantees in the news

Sunday Suppers’ episode on WHYY’s Friday Arts received a 2015 Regional Emmy Award for best Arts Program/Special. The episode follows Creator and Executive Director of Sunday Suppers, Linda Samost, and covers some of the ways that Sunday Suppers is positively affecting the community it is serving.  Read and watch more here.

The Foundation welcomes new Grants Administrator, Kyra Sanborn

December 15, 2015 | Foundation news

First Hospital Foundation has hired Kyra Sanborn as its new Grants Administrator, where she will be responsible for grantmaking operations through all stages of the process. Kyra joins the Foundation with a background in communications, having worked primarily with international college student at a property management company. She is a recent Temple University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications and a minor in cognitive neuroscience. In her free time, Kyra enjoys outdoor activities, playing music, and figure skating.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Broad Street Ministry forms partnership with Philadelphia restauranteurs in support of their Hospitality Collaborative

December 11, 2015 | Grantees in the news

Bill Golderer, founder and convening minister of Broad Street Ministry, has partnered with chef-restauranteur duo Steven Cook and Mike Solomonov to establish Rooster Soup, a new eatery that will feature soups with stock made from Federal Donuts’ high quality chicken scraps. 100% of the restaurant’s net profits will go to Broad Street Ministries Hospitality Collaborative. Read more



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