Jewish Federation Awards More Than $300,000 In Health Grants
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Posted: February 16 2007


February 16 2007 ( - The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation has awarded its 2007 Fund for Innovation in Health grants, totaling $300,720, to eight local programs.

Jewish Federation’s Fund for Innovation in Health (FIH) grants support programs that take new approaches to addressing a variety of health issues in the Chicago Jewish community, supporting families and caregivers and encouraging healthy living at every age. The fund was established in 2001 with a Centennial Campaign gift from the Michael Reese Health Trust (MRHT). The grant program has since been expanded with funds from the Weiss Memorial Hospital Supporting Foundation.

The 2007 grantees’ programs deepen the connections between family and community in an effort to strengthen both. “I think we can all be proud of these grants and the work of our agencies in addressing the broad health needs of our community,” says Midge Perlman Shafton, FIH Review Committee Chair.

The eight programs selected for this year’s Fund for Innovation in Health grants range from an online resource for caregivers to flexible, in-home respite care to a drop-in center for at-risk teens.

This year’s grantees are:

· Flexible Respite Across the Lifespan: Whether caring for a disabled child or an aging parent, many families with dependents who have special needs don’t have anyone to call for caregiving assistance. Jewish Child and Family Services now can provide 50 families with 60 hours each of flexible respite care allowing them to receive trusted, professional care for their loved ones while getting the personal time and rest they need. ($65,000)

· E-Careonline: Developed by the Council for Jewish Elderly, E-Careonline will provide caregivers of the elderly with an online hub for educational information, useful resources and a message board facilitated by a social worker. In addition to resources, E-Careonline will allow caregivers to reach out, share experiences and get support. ($47,249)

Add one Health Grants

· Drop-in Center: Located at Niles West High School, Response Center’s Drop-in Center provides teens with access to mental health services in a safe environment. Similar programs have been highly successful in helping teens cope with everything from death and loss to stress and depression. ($13,750)

· Jewish Healing Network of Chicago (JHNC): A collaboration of agencies including those serving children, families and the elderly, JHNC provides a comprehensive Jewish response to issues of illness and loss in the Chicago Jewish community—including Shaarei Chesed: Hospice and Palliative Services. ($70,000)

· Drop-in Respite Services: Drop-in respite offers children with disabilities the opportunity to socialize, allows siblings to connect with others who have similar family situations and provides rest for caregivers. Jewish Child and Family Services offers drop-in two Sunday afternoons a month at both the Kersten Center in Northbrook and the Knapp Center in Rogers Park. ($8,750)

· Healthy Advantage: Healthy Advantage at The Dina and Eli Field EZRA Multi-Service Center offers individual nutrition counseling, weight management groups, fitness classes, and workshops on nutrition, affordable healthy cooking and lifestyle. ($21,141)

· Making Healthy Choices: This pilot initiated by Jewish Community Centers of Chicago seeks to reduce the incidence of obesity among the 331 children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years, enrolled in the early childhood programs at three JCC centers. The pilot includes increasing knowledge of health issues and nutrition among staff, parents and children, adding healthy snacks and increasing physical activity. ($50,200)

· Medical Program at the Associated Talmud Torahs (ATT) Primary Schools: The Medical Program in six ATT primary schools benefits more than 3,000 students and consists of a part-time nurse, a supervisory physician and medical educators. This team trains ATT teachers on specific health needs of students, creates protocols for reviewing student health records and responds to medical crises. ($24, 642)

A committee comprised of MRHT trustees, Jewish Federation-appointed MRHT trustees, and current and former chairs of JUF/Federation allocating commissions makes grant-related funding decisions. This year, $280,000 in funds came from MRHT and $24,000 from Weiss; in total, $303, 722 was awarded.


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