The “Together” of Healthier Together
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.
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.
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.
Child Guidance Resource Centers
Child Guidance Resource Centers (CGRC) is the largest provider of children's mental health services in the greater Philadelphia area. As part of Growing Resilience in Teens (GRIT), CGRC runs group therapy for adolescents who have experienced trauma.
Clarifi offers free financial counseling virtually and on-site at the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center in West Philadelphia. Clarifi uses a client-driven, case management approach to help clients improve budgeting, reduce debt, improve credit, and increase savings by creating clear, outcome-focused action plans.
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.
Food Connect's smart technology helps food rescue and hunger relief efforts in real time so surplus food can get to where it needs to go by pooling resources and making deliveries efficient. Food Connect is the delivery partner for Food Pharmacy 2.0.
Hall Mercer Community Behavioral Health Center
The Hall-Mercer Community Behavioral Health Center of Pennsylvania Hospital provides comprehensive outpatient services to Philadelphia residents in need. In partnership with Healthier Together, Hall-Mercer has increased capacity to provide more Philadelphia youth, including GRIT participants, with Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Karabots Community Garden
The Garden at the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center offers a gorgeous oasis for patient families and staff to enjoy, but it also provides a bounty of high-quality, culturally appropriate food to local families and serves as a base for community engagement. The Karabots Garden is a partner of the Healthier Together Grant, Southwest and West Philadelphia Area Growers Network (SWWAG), offering the community educational experiences and programming about food, nature, and overall wellness.
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 programming and TD Bank funding, and help participants stay connected to the program and each other.
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.
Philadelphia Orchard Project
The Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) is a nonprofit organization that plants and supports community orchards in the city of Philadelphia. POP is a partner of the Healthier Together Grant, Southwest and West Philadelphia Area Growers Network (SWWAG). With support from the grant, POP will expand their model for paid community-led maintenance of and investment in green spaces and lead planting of fruiting trees and shrubs in new and existing community gardens.
PowerCorpsPHL takes a collaborative and trauma-informed approach that engages disconnected young adults and returning citizens to enter and succeed in career pathways. In partnership with Healthier Together, PowerCorpsPHL is increasing their recruitment in West and Southwest Philadelphia.
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.
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.
Ronald McDonald House Philadelphia
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Philadelphia Region supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. RMHC is a partner of CHOP’s Food Pharmacy 2.0 and helps store the fresh food boxes prior to delivery to patient-family homes.
TD Bank awarded Healthier Together a $750,000 grant from its TD Ready Challenge program. 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.
The Common Market
The Common Market is a nonprofit regional food distributor with a mission to connect communities with good food from sustainable family farms. The Common Market is an integral partner for CHOP’s Food Pharmacy 2.0, providing fresh food boxes to patient-families in the program.
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.
The Food Trust
The Food Trust's mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. The Food Trust is a partner of the Healthier Together Grant, Home Plate + Food Bucks Rx and provides fresh food vouchers to families of partner early childhood education centers.
The Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden
The Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden is a four- acre farm in Southwest Philadelphia with a focus on intergenerational programming rooted in traditions of the African Diaspora. The Sankofa Community Farm is a partner of the Healthier Together Grant, Southwest and West Philadelphia Area Growers Network (SWWAG). With support from the grant, the Sankofa Community Farm will expand its acclaimed home garden program, with its staff and youth leaders mentoring partners and community coordinators to build and maintain new gardens.
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.
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 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.
Urban Tree Connection
The Urban Tree Connection (UTC) works to build a neighborhood rooted food and land system through community leadership development and land-based strategies in West Philadelphia. UTC is a partner of the Healthier Together Grant, Southwest and West Philadelphia Area Growers Network (SWWAG). With support from the grant, UTC is developing an outreach strategy through paid community leaders to recruit participants and encourage long-term investment in community food sovereignty.
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.
Contact Healthier Together
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.