HFP Special Initiatives and Consulting Department awarded multiple grants

Members of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force Advocacy and Policy Work Group at an August 2018 meeting.

The Health Federation of Philadelphia’s (HFP) Special Initiatives and Consulting Department was recently awarded multiple grants to continue its work benefiting communities in Philadelphia and beyond.  HFP received three grants to continue its ACES, trauma and resilience training, capacity building and community cross-sector work. "HFP is very grateful to the foundations which are continuing to support our work to build healthy and resilient communities here in Philadelphia and across the nation," said Leslie Lieberman, HFP's Senior Director of Special Initiatives and Consulting. 

The Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation - an organization with a mission to train students, general practitioners, and specialists in the field of health care -  awarded a $25,000 grant for HFP Senior Training Specialist Monica Sullivan to provide Community Resilience Model training (a trauma-informed training)  to HFP staff in the Children, Youth, and Families Division.  

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey awarded HFP a generous $120,000 grant ($40,000 per year for 3 years)  which will, in part, continue to support HFP Administrative Manager of Special Initiatives, Carolyn-Smith Brown, in her role coordinating the Philadelphia ACE Task Force. The Philadelphia ACE Task Force (PATF) is a network of more than 100 individuals from pediatrics, behavioral health, education, law, philanthropy, and others who are committed to building a resilient Philadelphia.

Finally, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided additional support for HFP to continue to learn and share more about the power of cross-sector networks to mitigate the impact of ACEs and foster resilience in communities. For three years, the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) program brought together 14 sites actively engaged in building the movement for a just, healthy and resilient world. A mix of cities, counties, regions, and states, these communities and their cross-sector networks are all building a culture of health by translating the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) into practices and policies that foster resilience. This award will allow for the continued exploration of findings from these forward-thinking communities.