Community Highlights: Charitable Foundations
The charitable foundations affiliated with Highmark Health fund programs that improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals in the communities that we are privileged to serve. In 2014, support from the foundations provided a positive impact for community members as follows:
- With funding from Highmark Inc., the Highmark Foundation supports programs that are intended to promote the health and well-being of the communities served by Highmark Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. The Highmark Foundation’s focus is on chronic disease, family health, service delivery systems and healthy communities.
- The Highmark Caring Foundation, funded primarily by Highmark Inc., supports the Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families. With facilities in Erie, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Warrendale, Pa., the Caring Place makes a positive difference in the lives of grieving children and their families.
- The foundations of Allegheny Health Network, the lead health care provider affiliate of Highmark Health, are associated with individual hospitals and are an important part of the network’s commitment to delivering high-quality care close to home for patients. Grateful patients, friends, donors and community leaders connect through these foundations to invest in research, education and patient care, as follows:
- The West Penn Hospital Foundation supports education, research and patient care at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.
- The Forbes Health Foundation supports education, research, and patient care at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Pa., and patient and family support at Forbes Hospice in Pittsburgh (Bloomfield area).
- The Allegheny Valley Hospital Trust supports education, research, and patient care at Allegheny Valley Hospital, in Natrona Heights, Pa.
- The Suburban Health Foundation supports patient services at the AGH (Allegheny General Hospital) Suburban Outpatient center in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.
2014 foundation highlights included the Highmark Caring Place's introduction of new school-based grief support groups for children; the West Penn Hospital Burn Center's support of 28 kids for a week of healthy camaraderie at its annual summer camp; and the Highmark Foundation's funding of healthy programs to benefit children while at school.
The Highmark Caring Place, a Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, has served more than 80,000 individuals since 1996.
From your eyes
"I write to commend the Highmark Foundation on its remarkable achievement in bullying prevention. …"
Dr. Susan Kressly, M.D.
American Academy of Pediatrics
"On behalf of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, I write to commend the Highmark Foundation on its remarkable achievement in bullying prevention. This 8-year, $20 million investment has touched the lives of over 200,000 Pennsylvania children, making it a kinder, gentler, more accepting place to grow up. Thank you.
Pediatricians are acutely aware of the impact of bullying on the child and adolescent. These victimized youth suffer the hurtful, humiliating effect day after day. Bullying influences their mental, physical and social well-being—sometimes for a lifetime. It manifests itself in school avoidance, anxiety, depression and a multitude of other symptoms. We applaud the Highmark Foundation for its efforts to prevent bullying and to give children the skills to foster acceptance and humanity."
Excerpted from a letter presented at the Highmark Foundation's 2014 bullying symposium, "Huddle Up Against Bullying," which brought multi-disciplinary experts together to exchange key information, data and experiences related to bullying prevention in Pennsylvania.
In our words
"Just knowing that you're not alone, just realizing that someone else understands what you're going through…"
The Highmark Caring Place
"At the Caring Place, over the weeks 10 meetings with the same kids and families the kids talk about their loved one who died interspersed with lots of talk about other things, like how your team is doing, and the homework you have, and the funny thing your pet did last weekend.
But the more they talk about the person who died, and the memories they have, and the feelings that they feel, the easier it is to talk about the next time at the Caring Place, at home, and in other places, too.
Just knowing that you're not the only one, just knowing that you’re not alone, just realizing that someone else understands what you’re going through that makes it all the more bearable.
At the end of the 10 meetings, almost all of the kids walk out those doors much more confident, much more in control, much more open than when they walked in.
That's why I think of the Highmark Caring Place as a place of hope. That's why I feel so privileged to help each and every child and family."