|Public Health Fund Announces More Than $1 Million in Grant Awards|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2012
Contact: Nikki Reen (267-295-3859 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thirteen Local Nonprofits Receive Funding for Community Work
PHILADELPHIA – Today, July 31, 2012, Public Health Fund, formerly The Philadelphia Health Care Trust, announced that it will award a total of $1,030,815 to thirteen organizations in its 2012 grant-making process:
“This year’s grant recipients represent an exceptional group of community organizations that will continue to uphold our mission to improve the health of the Delaware Valley,” says Public Health Fund’s chief operating officer, Anne Callan “By making these grants, we proudly continue to serve as a catalyst for a healthier community. We thank all of the grant applicants for sharing their innovative ideas; reviewing them inspired us.”
Applications involved a rigorous, two-part submission process. Interested organizations first submitted letters of intent. Those selected by the Public Health Fund grant committee to move to the next step then received invitations to provide detailed proposals. Proposals that demonstrated an ability to leverage funds through collaboration with other programmatic partners and funding sources were given priority, supporting Public Health Fund’s commitment to impact population health through system-scale initiatives.
“The Public Health Fund grant provides us critical support, and we’re pleased to partner with an organization that understands the importance of educating the community about how science and society interact in the development of health policies,” says Jody Roberts, Director of the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. “We are thrilled to advance our outreach efforts to educate and inform Philadelphians.”
The grant to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia helps its PolicyLab: Center to Bridge Research, Practice & Policy “to further our goal of achieving optimal child health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research,” says James Guevara, Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Epidemiology and Director of Interdisciplinary Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to continue this vital work.”
This marks the 14th year that the foundation has granted awards to local organizations. “Initially, what was The Philadelphia Health Care Trust was created to support healthcare providers in South Philadelphia, and it later expanded to the Delaware Valley,” says Richard J. Cohen, president of Public Health Fund. “We are pleased to continue its legacy under the operation of a new board of directors, an updated strategic plan and its affiliation with Public Health Management Corporation.”
The foundation joined PHMC as an affiliate in July 2010 and operates with an independent board of directors comprised of members whose backgrounds span the areas of health care, social services, law and business.
About Public Health Fund
Public Health Fund is a foundation that has fostered health care delivery, research and education in the greater Delaware Valley since 1996, formerly as Philadelphia Health Care Trust. Public Health Fund’s mission is to improve the health of the Delaware Valley community through innovative and effective public health initiatives. Learn more by visiting its website at www.phf1.org.
Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities. PHMC uses best practices to improve community health through direct service, partnership, innovation, policy, research, technical assistance and a prepared workforce. PHMC has served the region since 1972. For more information on PHMC, visit www.phmc.org.