It means we generate new ideas and ask thought-provoking questions: Is there a better way to direct funding to priorities we’ve long supported? What new approaches should we explore, recognizing that business as usual will not meet the many challenges we face in safeguarding the well-being of people in our community? Which need comes first? How do we decide where to direct limited resources?
We explored these questions in a way that expresses the essence of what we do: by bringing experts and resources together to address serious issues in the health of our community.
The Foundation’s annual conference in partnership with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provided the ultimate example of this philosophy in action. In October, we assembled a remarkable line-up of thought leaders in child wellness representing leading health systems, government, businesses, other foundations, and organizations such as the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. It would be difficult to imagine a group that could share a richer set of perspectives on children’s health – or another foundation that would bring such a diverse group together.
The results we produced in 2014 speak for themselves:
- Securing the Blue Safety Net.
We assessed the needs of the 42 private, nonprofit community health centers supported by our Blue Safety Net, serving more than 200,000 people who otherwise could go without care.
- Bolstering the Health Care Workforce: Nurses for Tomorrow.
We worked with the deans of the 22 area nursing schools to evaluate and adjust our funding for nursing and clinical education to increase the number of nurses in the workforce.
- Addressing Health Priorities: Healthy Futures Initiative.
This innovative three-year, $3 million program and research study combining child fitness, nutrition, and preventive health helped over 1,000 students at 25 area elementary schools to Eat Right, Get Fit, and Stay Well.
- Building Healthier Communities.
We increased by 32 percent our funding to community organizations that assist more than 100,000 people to live healthier lives.
We thank our extraordinary board, colleagues, partners, and grantees for their expertise and passion, and look forward to continued collaboration in the important work that lies ahead.