From food and housing insecurity to student-centered science and research programs. These are just a handful of the initiatives that were celebrated on Monday, June 20 during the Anna T. Jeanes Foundation’s Community Grant Reception.
This event, which took place on the grounds of Temple University Hospital — Jeanes Campus, served to highlight the 13 community groups that received funding totaling nearly $28,000 through the foundation’s grant program in 2022.
“This is always such a special evening,” says Rosemarie Schlegel, Director of Volunteer Services, TUH-Jeanes Campus. “In addition to the grant recipients, we had members of the Anna T. Jeanes Foundation board including its chair Dr. Martin Ogletree, and representatives from the Community Advisory Board and the Patient & Family Advisory Council in attendance.” Campus leadership, including Marc Hurowitz, DO, MBA, FAAFB, Executive Director, and Rebecca Armbruster, DO, MS, FACOI, CMO, also took part in the event.
While the grants are funded by the Anna T. Jeanes Foundation, it’s the Community Advisory Board—which includes hospital staff, community residents and business owners from the surrounding community—that selects recipients from a pool of applications. To qualify, an applicant must be a designated nonprofit organization whose project promotes the health and wellness of organizations and communities in the hospital’s service areas. Grants are based on merit, community impact and fund availability.
“These grants grew out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 which mandated a Community Health Needs Assessment as a federal responsibility for nonprofit hospitals,” explains Eleanor Reinhardt, a member of the Temple University Hospital Board of Directors and Chair of the Community Advisory Board. “The members of the Anna T. Jeanes Foundation felt it was important to recognize those nonprofit organizations in our community who are trying to address the social determinants of health.”
Following a meet and greet hour, Reinhardt took the stage to thank the audience, present each grant recipient with a plaque, and provide them with the opportunity to discuss their project and the progress they have made since receiving funding.
“Everyone is so passionate about their work and so excited to share what they are doing with the grant, it’s really heartening,” Reinhardt says. “An added benefit of this event is that it connects grant recipients with one another to provide a network of resources for the future. These connections are often as valuable as the grants themselves.”
Congratulations to the 2022 recipients of the Anna T. Jeanes Foundation’s Community Grant Award
- AIM Angels in Motion - Assisting with housing and obtaining state identification to help clients get treatment and recovery support.
- Burholme Emergency Medical Services - Rolling out a new program to community organizations, schools and churches titled, “Stop the Bleed,” to provide skills and hands-on training on controlling bleeding in the emergency setting.
- CORA Services - Incorporating Mindfulness and Movement into the YouthCor After School Program in order to give students tools to build resilience and well-being while rekindling hope.
- Creative Beginnings Early Childhood Program/TUHS - Helping promote children’s well-being, health, and nutrition through a gardening initiative at the Center.
- eCLOSE Institute - Continuing the partnership with a Middle School with significant achievement gaps for disadvantaged students with a goal of engaging 128 students training in research.
- GROW (Northeast Community Services) - Purchasing copies of student books and workbooks for those in need to allow students to have the necessary course materials and set-up a scholarship for those who do not have the ability to pay tuition costs.
- Korean American Association of Greater Philadelphia - Continuing to provide outreach, information on community-based programs and seminars, and link community members to services or classes at the hospital.
- La Famiglia dei Fratelli - Cooking meals at Caring for Friends throughout the Philadelphia regions for veterans, the elderly and those who are struggling.
- Memorial Presbyterian Church of Fox Chase Food for Hope Food Pantry - Enhancing the health and wellness of community residents by helping to feed families that are having difficulty putting food on the table due to job loss, disability, or low income.
- Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network - Supporting work in the Northeast, including emergency food support/grocery cards, transportation, emergency childcare, student activity or summer camp fees, or other family emergency needs.
- The Welcome Project PA - Building capacity in order to better serve LGBTQIA+ individuals and families through crucial weekly programs, support groups, therapy services and community events.
- Temple University Population Health Community Health Workers - Supporting Community Health Worker (CHW) interventions that address social barriers or needs identified in their work with patients such as food, durable medical supplies, medication co-pays, and transportation to medical appointments.
- Upper Moreland Youth and Drug Council (AKA Aldersgate Youth Service Bureau) - Proposing a model to help mitigate the social, emotional, and educational impact of COVID and the adjustment back to school for parents and students.