The Potomac Health Foundation held its Annual Celebration Event on October 10, 2017. The Celebration Event highlights the great work grantees put into programs benefiting the Potomac Health Foundation catchment area for grant year 2016-2017. Joining the celebration were the Honorable Ruth Anderson, Deputy County Executive Elijah Johnson, Prince William County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Walts, Board members of the Potomac Health Foundation, and grantee partners.
Each year the Potomac Health Foundation staff awards grantees with Best Practice Awards. This year, we awarded:
Best Practice: Learning in Practice- This award is given to agencies or projects that incorporate learning in routine activities, and use that knowledge to inform ongoing practice. Nueva Vida is mastering it, embedding it throughout every facet and program of the organization—and in turn, the community is responding. This year, NV provided health support to 560 Latinas through 54 events. They more than doubled their projection of mammograms, 164 vs 80 and successfully transitioned the Executive Director and senior leadership.
Best Practice: Data Management- This award is given to agencies or projects that do a stellar job of tracking data (preferably with low-cost solutions) and then use it to inform practice. Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Person Interpreting provides in-person interpreting to Spanish speaking and hearing impaired patients and their families. The project intended on serving 1,500 patients but thus far has provided translation to 9,000 and counting. With an original goal of 3,600 patient encounters, 18,097 actually occurred! Best yet, the services have improved patient understanding AND improved patient satisfaction scores. Congratulations to Leon, Sentara and the entire interpreting team!
Best Practice: Innovation- This award is given to agencies or projects that incorporate innovation in routine activities, and inspire others to do the same. Project Mend a House and George Mason University POISED. POISED stands for Precision Outreach Intervention Screening Surveillance and Exercise for Falls Prevention in Diabetes is a two-pronged project—exercise classes for seniors coupled with home improvement and repairs that decrease fall risk! Thus far, 20 educational workshops were held for 522 attendees, 141 seniors participated in exercise classes and 93 of those received home modifications. The project wouldn’t be possible if not for a strong partnership between George Mason University’s Nelson Cortes and his team AND Jennifer Shock Bolles and the team at Project Mend a House. Congratulations.
Potomac Health Foundation Rising Star- Be it local organizations trying something new and expanding their programs and services, brand new organizations just starting the good fight on a wide array of health and human service issues, or a long standing organization importing their services into a rapidly growing and changing Prince William County—The Potomac Health Foundation cannot complete our mission to improve the health of the community by increasing access to primary health care for the medically underserved, reducing the incidence of preventable diseases, and supporting innovation around emerging health needs alone. Each year there seems to be a handful of non-profits that excite Foundation staff, board and partners and are often excitedly cited as the one to watch. We’re happy to present this year’s “Rising Star” non-profit award to Young Invincibles. In Year 2, Young Invincibles, a national organization that advocates for and provides support to millennials, continued to bring access to health and insurance coverage of millennials to the forefront in PWC. Through the Healthy Young America campaign, in this unknown time of repeal and replace, YI offered outreach to 5,053, helped enroll 518 into Medicaid, taught 326 on health literacy and forged strong partnerships with NVCC Woodbridge, Prince William Area Free Clinic, Nova Scripts Central and others. We’d also like to take a moment to recognize and congratulate founder and Executive Director Jen Mishory who recently departed for her next adventure after leading the organization for eight years and helping guide and grow the agency from student volunteers around the cafeteria table to what the agency is today!