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JHF global health staffer opens youth leadership conference in Qatar

  Global Health Associate Hanifa Nakiryowa shared her story with 900 students from 16 countries at a youth leadership summit in Doha, Qatar on October 17. Nakiryowa, a staff member supporting JHF's Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal) since 2018, delivered the opening plenary address at the three-day Qatar Leadership Conference...
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JHF & WHAMglobal head to Toronto to study women’s health, attend IWF forum

​ A dozen executive women from Pittsburgh and beyond are heading north of the border next month for a health study tour organized by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and its women's health arm, WHAMglobal. As with previous study tours of Spain and Australia, JHF and WHAMglobal are piggybacking onto an International Women's Forum's World Leadership ...
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Watch, wait, and wonder: Australia early childhood expert shares best practices, inspiration

Early childhood expert Dr. Michael Zilibowitz brought insight and inspiration to Pittsburgh last week from the exemplary early childhood center he runs near Sydney, Australia. The Dalwood Spilstead Early Years Intervention and Support Service Center provides multidisciplinary health, education, and support services for families struggling with pare...
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Doulas-in-training offer vital support for immigrant and refugee moms

Doulas can play an important role in achieving a successful pregnancy. While OB/GYNs and nurse-midwives provide clinical oversight of pregnancy and childbirth, a doula can provide physical, emotional, educational and practical support during events surrounding childbirth, including labor, delivery, breastfeeding, and family adjustment. For immigran...
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Community-based organizations take the stage at PA PQC Learning Collaborative

More than 200 members of Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative gathered in Harrisburg last week to share insights and advances around their efforts to improve the quality of care for mothers and babies across prenatal, labor/birth, newborn, and postpartum services. They included medical professionals, social workers, quality and safety lea...
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WHAMglobal gears up for more activism with March For Moms

March For Moms Association, now in its third year, is a growing, multi-stakeholder coalition to improve the wellbeing of mothers in the United States and reduce maternal mortality. The coalition convenes national stakeholders to speak with a common voice, urging policymakers and other leaders to reduce maternal mortality and bad pregnancy outcomes....
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PA PQC’s results highlighted at Transforming Women’s Health symposium

JHF Global Health Associate Hanifa Nakiryowa (pictured) reported great turnout during the poster presentation session of Adagio Health's Second Annual Transforming Women's Health Symposium on September 24. "Several people were impressed by the role the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative is playing in responding to the opioid crisis. The f...
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Women of Impact: Public Health Cohort Gathers in Pittsburgh

Two dozen members of the newly established Women of Impact Public Health Cohort gathered in Pittsburgh last month to reflect and recharge. Meeting August 7-9 at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's airy 26th floor conference space, the women participated in an intensive leadership development training presented by the de Beaumont Foundation , which a...
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Jewish Healthcare Foundation Gives $20,000 Award for Excellence in Maternity Care

Twenty-nine graduate students and young professionals representing 17 healthcare disciplines participated in the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's (JHF) Patient Safety Fellowship and awarded $20,000 to Penn Medicine's Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania , recognizing their excellence in improving maternal care and addressing racial disparities....
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Jewish Healthcare Foundation Approves $115K to Support Teen Mental Health and Reduce Maternal Mortality

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation on August 26 approved three grants to extend its efforts in support of adolescent behavioral health and maternal health. The grants support initiatives to engage teens in mental health and mental wellness in Squirrel Hill; pilot a school-based behavioral health program in the South Hills; and improve the reach and e...
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Former JHF intern joins staff supporting maternal health initiative

  Elizabeth Balskus joined the Jewish Healthcare Foundation on Aug. 12 as Quality Improvement Facilitator for Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative. The collaborative, known as the PA PQC, was launched in April by JHF to bring together maternity care units to identify and adopt practices for better maternal health outcomes. Balskus will...
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