$200,000 Matching Grant Announced at JFNA Summit on Health and Long-Term Care

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June 23, 2014
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$200,000 Matching Grant Announced at JFNA Summit on Health and Long-Term Care
Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation of Cleveland paves way for new Strategic Health Resource Center

Washington, D.C. – The 2014 Health and Long-Term Care Summit brought health care leaders from across the country together this week for two days of strategic thinking, planning and advocacy. Convened by The Jewish Federations of North America, the HLTC Summit brought together lay and professional leaders from a wide range of fields to discuss pressing health topics; among them Medicare & Medicaid reform and behavioral health information technology.

“The topics discussed during this summit are of the utmost importance to Jewish Federations and those we represent across the country,” stated William Daroff, senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office of The Jewish Federations of North America. “Right now, most of our communities are facing an enhanced need for health and human services at a time of increasingly complex requirements for professionals, providers and the population being served. These new challenges make it all the more crucial to focus on such issues as long-term care financing, entitlement reform, the enactment of a Behavioral Health Information Technology Grant Program, mental health delivery reform, and a host of prevention and wellness initiatives.”

During the summit, the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation of Cleveland announced a $200,000 matching grant that would establish a new Strategic Health Resource Center (SHRC) within the Jewish Federations system. The initiative, which was announced by Mt. Sinai President Mitchell Balk and Keith Libman, Chair of the Mt. Sinai Foundation and member of the JFNA Board of Trustees, would help provide funding on a 2:1 matching basis, with the remaining $100,000 coming from other donors. The SHRC will provide analysis, strategic policy development and legislative/regulatory action on several vital issues affecting current and future generations of Jewish Americans and beyond.

“We are delighted to partner with Jewish Federations on such an important and groundbreaking initiative,” said Balk. “The ultimate objective of this endeavor is to build awareness and grassroots energy on a series of pressing domestic priorities that will affect the health and long-term care needs of Jewish-Americans as well as those served by Jewish-sponsored health and long-term care providers, the majority of whom are not Jewish.  This work will ensure that these agencies across the country remain at the forefront for delivery of care to vulnerable populations, including children, the elderly and the poor.”

Summit participants had the opportunity to work with a number of leading elected officials, including Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD). Other panels included White House officials, top health care experts and thought leaders focused on Jewish communal providers and the people they serve. Participants came from communities nationwide, including New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Miami. 

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