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Thomas Jefferson University and the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity Awards $600,000 in Grants to Organizations Focused on Closing Health Disparity Gaps


$600,000 in Grants to Organizations Focused on Closing Health Disparity Gaps

Alan and Elaine Lindy, whose generosity launched this project under P-CHE, with grantees from the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center.

PHILADELPHIA — Thomas Jefferson University and the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity (P-CHE) announced today 12 recipients of $600,000 in grant funding in response to a first-of-its-kind community health needs assessment of North Philadelphia’s Latino community, home to some of the city’s highest rates of poor health outcomes and health risk factors.

“Each of these projects present a unique opportunity to directly address some of the social determinants plaguing the health of our city,” said Jack Ludmir, MD, the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Collaborative. “Our continued partnership with these organizations will, no doubt, serve to deepen our understanding of the work that needs to be done to help improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.”

Over the summer, P-CHE released a Request for Proposals seeking applications for new or existing projects that would address upstream factors contributing to the highest priority needs derived from the North Philadelphia Latino community health needs assessment, which included the neighborhoods of Frankford, Fair Hill, Harrowgate, Hunting Park, Juniata Park, Kensington and Port Richmond. The top four priority needs are: mental health; trauma, safety, violence; housing; and the built environment.

Each application was evaluated and scored by an independent, external review board that decided which projects received funding. The following organizations received funds:

Organization Application Title Priority Area

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society


Intensive Neighborhood Greening for Health

Built Environment

The Lighthouse, Inc.

Eat Right, Move Right

Built Environment

HUNE, Inc.

HUNE Philip Park

Built Environment

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia

Aging in Place Safely - Fairhill


Norris Square Community Alliance

NSCA Housing Referral Project


Nueva Esperanza, Inc.

Developing a Community Land Trust in Hunting Park


Delaware Valley Community Health

Cenando en Familia con Maria de los Santos

Mental Health


Visibly Empowered Latinas Creating Supportive School Environment

Mental Health

Casa del Carmen

Latinos Improve Mental Health through Referral Process

Mental Health

Providence Center

Trauma Ambassadors Program

Trauma, Safety and Violence

Esperanza Health

Full-Circle Parenting Pilot Program

Trauma, Safety and Violence

Children’s Crisis Treatment Center

School Based Partnership Program

Trauma, Safety and Violence

It is important to note that the priority health needs were derived using a mixed methods approach that included analysis from the Public Health Management Corporations’ Household Health Survey (2018), key informant interviews, focus groups with community members and a photo documentation assessment (photovoice) involving youth.

A Community Advisory Group (CAG) was formed to provide insight and assistance in conducting the assessment components. Specifically, the CAG determined the best approaches to engage community members in the assessment, provided assistance in identifying community stakeholders for interviews, and helped to conduct the youth photovoice project.

A more detailed reporting of the health needs assessment outcomes is available on the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity website at: . For more information and a full list of Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity partner organizations visit  Follow the Collaborative on Twitter handle @P_C_H_E.

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