Launched in 2019 with the help from our partners, Healthier Together is making great strides toward helping children and families in West and Southwest Philadelphia live their healthiest lives. Some of these like-minded organizations have generously donated to make our work possible; others work side-by-side with us to improve families’ circumstances.
TD Bank awarded Healthier Together a $750,000 grant from its TD Ready Challenge program. The 2019 focus of TD Ready Challenge was health care, with an emphasis on preventive health. The grant will fund the launch of the Growing Resilience in Teens (GRIT) Project. GRIT aims to proactively address symptoms related to trauma that high-risk adolescents have been exposed to and mitigate the risk of developing mental illness. GRIT, which will launch in spring 2020, seeks to break the link between trauma and mental illness.
Mattel Children’s Foundation
The Mattel Children’s Foundation awarded Healthier Together a $10,000 grant in support of the Growing Resilience in Teens (GRIT) program. With this support, Healthier Together will be able to send resilience-themed care packages to the youth participating in GRIT, which will complement programing and TD Bank funding, and help participants stay connected to the program and each other.
The Rite Aid Foundation provided a $300,000 KidCents Regional Grant to support the CAPP+ program. Funding is helping to cover renovation costs and provide families with other supports to reduce asthma triggers, like dehumidifiers and air conditioners.
Rebuilding Together Philadelphia is a nonprofit that provides home repairs for low-income Philadelphia homeowners and a critical partner in the CAPP+ program. RTP’s experience with home repairs pairs perfectly with CHOP’s knowledge of household triggers for asthma. Together, we are renovating homes to remove mold, mildew, pests and other asthma triggers.
Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. (PHDC)
The Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. (PHDC) is a nonprofit city agency that provides home repairs for low-income Philadelphia homeowners. PHDC’s expertise with the city-wide Basic Systems Repair Program helps provide critical emergency repairs for eligible CAPP+ families.
Clarifi offers free financial counseling on-site at the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center in West Philadelphia. Clarifi uses a case management approach to help clients improve budgeting, reduce debt, improve credit and increase savings. The model is client-driven and serves low-income families by focusing on financial literacy and inclusion, and by creating clear, outcome-focused action plans.
Campaign for Working Families
Campaign for Working Families, a nonprofit that operates under the federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, provides free tax preparation and filing for families at the Karabots Center. The goal is for families to maximize federal and state tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and child credits, to receive the full tax refund they are entitled to.
Food Connect's technology helps food rescue and hunger relief efforts in real time so surplus food can get to where it needs to go. They leverage smart technology to pool resources and make deliveries efficient.
In response to the increased food insecurity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, CHOP has supported the hiring of temporary workers to help build Food Connect’s capacity.
The Enterprise Center (TEC)
The Enterprise Center is a community development corporation in West Philadelphia with a mission to cultivate and invest in minority entrepreneurs to inspire working together for economic growth in communities. Through our partnership with TEC, we provide technical assistance to small businesses and help businesses receive their diverse business certification. This partnership helps us reach our goal of using underrepresented contractors and local supplies for CAPP+ whenever possible.
Uplift Center for Grieving Children offers free programming for grieving children and their caregivers. As part of Healthier Together’s Growing Resilience in Teens (GRIT) program, Uplift Center for Grieving Children runs peer-support groups for adolescents experiencing grief and loss. In addition, a separate caregiver group is offered to support the adult(s) as they care for youth who are grieving.
Child Guidance Resource Centers
Child Guidance Resource Centers (CGRC) is largest provider of children's mental health services in the greater Philadelphia area. As part of Growing Resilience in Teens (GRIT), Child Guidance Resource Centers (CGRC) runs group therapy for adolescents who have experienced trauma.
Center for Violence Prevention
The mission of CHOP’s Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) is to reduce the exposure to and impact of violence among children, teens, and families. As part of Growing Resilience in Teens (GRIT), CVP conducts assessments and makes referrals to trauma support services including CVP’s Family Advocacy & Support, which is 1:1 case management for a subset of families who need help treating trauma and require support in addressing concrete needs and accessing social services. The CVP team also provides trauma-informed care training and the Stress Less Initiative to employees working in out-of-school time settings.
University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships
The Netter Center for Community Partnerships (Netter) is Penn’s primary vehicle for advancing civic and community engagement. Healthier Together is supporting the implementation of trauma support services during Netter’s University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS) out-of-school time programming at two West Philadelphia schools. This includes peer support groups for grief and resilience facilitated by Uplift and trauma-informed care training from CHOP’s Center for Violence Prevention.
Community Legal Services
Community Legal Services (CLS) provides free civil legal assistance to Philadelphians in need. With support from Healthier Together, CLS increased their capacity to provide legal representation to more families in West and Southwest Philadelphia that are facing eviction, and to expand their outreach and education on tenant’s rights.
CHOP relies on advisers to provide strategic guidance on the operation, implementation and outcomes of each focus area and the overall Healthier Together initiative. Advisers include representatives from the School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, City Council District 3, Keystone First, Mayor’s Office, Walnut Hill Community Association, and various residents from the West and Southwest Philadelphia communities.
Interested in furthering the goals of Healthier Together as a Supporter or a Partner? See how you can be a part of this important effort by calling 267-426-5506 or filling out the form below. Please do not use this form to communicate information about your child's health. If this is an emergency, please call 911 or your local emergency services provider.
Interested in furthering the goals of Healthier Together as a Supporter or a Partner? See how you can be a part of this important effort by calling 267-426-5506 or filling out the form below.
Please do not use this form to communicate information about your child's health.
If this is an emergency, please call 911 or your local emergency services provider.