PHMC and its affiliate National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) have jointly opened an office in Washington, DC. When in the nation’s capital you can visit our space overlooking Farragut Square at 1001 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 407. NNCC recently expanded its geographic scope by replicating a Philadelphia program to reduce childhood asthma in partnership with a managed care organization in DC. We look forward to continued opportunities afforded by our presence in the nation's capital.

Honors, Awards and Achievements

Sonny Nwachuku, supports coordinator at PHMC’s PersonLink program, received recognition for his exceptional work with his clients at the 9th Annual Points of Transformation Awards ceremony hosted at City Hall in March by the Department of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services. Mayra Cruz, Nwachuku’s supervisor at PersonLink, nominated him for the award.

In April, Yvette Rouse, director of Forensic Clinical Services for the Forensic Intensive Recovery Program, received the Honorable Lucien E. Blackwell Guiding Light in the Community Award for her dedicated service to the Philadelphia community, at the 5th Annual Lucien E. Blackwell award ceremony.

Researchers in PHMC’s Research & Evaluation component published a groundbreaking study in the April issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Senior research associates Dr. Lisa Bond and Archana LaPollo, and research associate Lee Carson, are authors of “Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and the Association of Down-Low Identity with HIV Risk Behavior.”

In May, John Loeb, PHMC’s senior vice president, received the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Alumni Achievement Award, which cited his “extraordinary contribution in the field of social work.”

New Grants

In March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Pennsylvania will receive $9.4 million in stimulus funds for community health centers. As part of this funding, PHMC health centers will receive $242,715 over the next two years.

PHMC’s Preventing AIDS through Live Movement and Sound (PALMS) project received a grant of $2,463 from the Regional Offices on Women’s Health of the Department of Health and Human Services to implement an initiative called Young Sisters Take Charge, 2009. PALMS organized the one-day, community-based, multi-service HIV prevention education event targeting African-American women and girls in recognition of National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day on March 10.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded PHMC affiliate National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) a $20,000 grant to coordinate events during National Women’s Health Week (May 10–16, 2009). NNCC also received a $50,000 grant from the Independence Foundation, which will allow NNCC to respond to emerging policy issues and opportunities and to conduct original policy research on challenges and issues that present barriers to fiscal sustainability for nurse-managed health centers in Pennsylvania and beyond.

NNCC’s Southwest Breast Health Initiative received a $40,000 grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The program will use the funds to provide breast health education to at-risk women served by the Health Annex, a Philadelphia-based nurse-managed primary care center in Southwest Philadelphia. The program also provides clients with clinical breast exams and links them to mammograms through referral to Healthy Woman provider sites nearby and on-site through partnership with Fox Chase Cancer Center’s mobile mammography unit.

First Steps Autism received a $23,133 grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The NNCC program will use the grant for capacity-building including gathering information on early intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders and completing a national scan of evidence-based research and practice.

The Independence Foundation provided a $30,000 challenge grant to NNCC’s Students Run Philly Style to match new funders for its next season. The program also received a $1,250 grant from the Harold and Ann Sorgenti Foundation.

St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children awarded NNCC $10,000 to support its Students Run Philly Style program.

NNCC’s Asthma Safe Kids program received $81,847 from Keystone Mercy Health Plan to pilot an in-home education program that provides an asthma coach to Keystone Mercy Health Plan clients in Philadelphia with severe asthma.

NNCC received a $60,000 one-year grant from ClearCorps, USA to conduct environmental health promotion programs in Washington, DC.