PHILADELPHIA – September 7, 2010. Public Health Management Corporation, a nonprofit public health institute that builds healthier communities through partnerships with government agencies, foundations, businesses and other community-based organizations, has been named Agency of the Year by the national membership association Alliance for Children and Families.  Three agencies received this honor, with PHMC earning the distinction at the large agency level.

Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) was chosen to receive the award because of its demonstrated excellence in board participation and support; impact through advocacy efforts on local, state or national levels; and innovative programming. Representatives of PHMC, including President and CEO Richard Cohen, will accept the award at the Alliance National Conference Oct. 20-22 in Milwaukee.

“The Alliance and our nearly 350 members benefit from having PHMC in this network of nonprofit human service providers,” said Peter B. Goldberg, president and CEO of the Alliance. “It continues to be an innovative leader with cutting-edge practices, all while living its mission each day.”

“This distinction recognizes PHMC as one of the leading public health institutes in the nation and one of the most effective and impactful community service organizations at the local and regional levels,” said Richard J. Cohen, president and CEO of PHMC.

Since 1972, PHMC has served the greater Philadelphia region and beyond as a facilitator, developer, intermediary, manager, advocate and innovator in the field of public health. It is one of the most comprehensive public health institutes in the nation, with nearly 1,500 employees, 250 programs, 10 subsidiaries and 123,000 clients served annually.

In the past year, a PHMC affiliate, National Nursing Centers Consortium, was instrumental in assuring that nurse-managed health care centers were included in this year’s health reform bill. In addition, PHMC expanded health care services to the homeless through prudent and strategic use of federal stimulus funds and secured a state level contract to provide quality improvements and professional development supports for early childhood education. PHMC also became the management arm of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force that works to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from catastrophic disasters. These are just some of the initiatives that reflect the fiscal, programmatic and capacity-building strengths that organizations and residents across the Southeastern Pennsylvania region rely on PHMC to provide.