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Jewish Healthcare Foundation

About JHF

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is a public charity that offers a unique brand of activist philanthropy to advance healthcare innovation, advocacy, collaboration, and education in the interest of better population health. To accomplish its goals, JHF created three supporting organizations — the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) in 1998, Health Careers Futures (HCF) in 2003, and the Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal) in 2017. Together these organizations develop and manage programs, research, training and grantmaking to advance the quality of clinical care and health of populations. JHF is also the fiscal agent for State HIV/AIDS funding in Pennsylvania. We are funded by public and private sources, and the JHF endowment. JHF is also a founding member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI).

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Why Liftoff PGH 2020? Why Now?

Rapid innovation is changing the nature of healthcare delivery across the globe. If Pittsburgh does not prepare for these changes, we will be left behind. JHF aspires to put Pittsburgh on the map for healthcare innovation through Liftoff PGH 2020, both an event and ongoing regional initiative. Acting as a neutral convener, JHF aspires to bring together over 1,000 attendees to Liftoff PGH 2020.

The future is closer than we think. It’s an age of acceleration driven by the explosion of technology innovations. Liftoff PGH 2020 wants to spark a regional rethinking, while engaging as many players as possible. We aim to encourage our local institutions to think into the future, imagine themselves in 2030, and become disruptors.

JHF Staff

Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jessica Bombassaro

Senior Event Manager

Megan Butler, MS

Program Associate

Robert Ferguson, MPH

Director of Government Grants and Policy

Scotland Huber, MS

Chief Communications Officer

Mara Leff, MPH

Director of Innovation

Natalie Stewart

Creative Communications Designer