November 20, 2014
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Eight beneficiaries receive more than $331,500 to support local public health initiatives

PHILADELPHIA, PA— Public Health Fund, the affiliate grant making operation of Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities, has announced its 2014 grant winners totaling $331,538 to eight beneficiaries.

"This year's grant winners exemplify the mission and vision of Public Health Fund, which is to improve the health of the Delaware Valley," said Anne Callan, Chief Operating Officer, Public Health Fund. "We are excited to acknowledge this year's initiatives, which address the region's public health needs through innovation."

The winning organizations for public grants and the amounts include:
Thomas Jefferson University Medical School, Creation of Injury Control Research Center ($75,000): The Center will act as an umbrella organization to study any issue of unintentional and intentional injury in society.
Philadelphia Education Fund, Ed Fund/CTI Postsecondary Project ($68,500): This initiative will provide a pathway from high school to postsecondary degrees and certificates offered by PHMC affiliate Metropolitan Career Center and its licensed accredited nonprofit college, Computer Technology Institute, to students in some of Philadelphia's most distressed neighborhoods.
PHMC Public Health Institute, Household Health Survey for the Delaware Public Health Institute ($75,000): The dataset from the Household Health Survey in Delaware will provide a unique, in-depth view into critical health topics experienced by adult Delawareans.

Public grant recipients must demonstrate an ability to leverage funds through collaboration and new revenue models, supporting Public Health Fund's commitment to impact population health by investing in system-scale initiatives. The rigorous and competitive submission process attracts dozens of applicants each year.

For the second year, Public Health Fund awarded grants to support specific PHMC initiatives in key strategic areas through the Innovation Fund. The Fund followed a competitive grant submission process with a dual goal of promoting innovation and creativity among PHMC staff, while also exploring new business lines and strengthening existing ones. The winning organizations and amounts include:
PHMC and its affiliate, National Nursing Centers Consortium, Get Covered Connector ($25,000): The tool will enhance statewide health insurance enrollment.
PHMC affiliate Health Promotion Council, Statewide Alliance for Community/Clinical Partnership ($25,000): The new coalition aims to improve the health of Pennsylvanians through the development of strategic and sustainable community-clinical partnerships.
PHMC's Research and Evaluation Group, Worksite Wellness Evaluation ($23,538): The survey of employer members of the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health will build a new line of business in worksite health assessment.
PHMC program WestHaven, Recovery Through Music ($20,000): The long-term structured residential program will engage a music therapist to work with each resident.
PHMC's Community Based Services, PHMC Applied ($19,500): The administration of professional development for K-12 teachers will incorporate best practices in applied learning to improve youth academic performance.

"I am inspired by the innovative and forward-thinking ideas presented for PHMC programs," said Richard J. Cohen, President of Public Health Fund and President and CEO of PHMC. "Each year the grant process helps discover workable solutions from individuals who are faced with the daily challenges of the public health work that we do, while at the same time encourages entrepreneurship and collaboration amongst our staff."

Public Health Fund is a foundation that has fostered healthcare delivery, research and education in the greater Delaware Valley since 1996. Public Health Fund 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

About PHMC
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