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President’s Update: Observing Health Literacy Month: Health Literacy IS Health Equity

President’s Update: Observing Health Literacy Month: Health Literacy IS Health Equity

Imagine being pregnant and going into labor. You rush to the hospital where you are excitedly awaiting the birth of the child. You speak very little English, but know that the doctors and support staff will take good care of you. You are getting deeper into the final stages of labor, are in pain, and […]

Nature Inspires a Day of Team Building and Creative Energy – HCIF’s Staff Retreat

Nature Inspires a Day of Team Building and Creative Energy – HCIF’s Staff Retreat

In the middle of Philadelphia sits an oasis of nature and beauty, rivaling some of the more exotic and scenic national parks in the United States. HCIF had the unique opportunity to spend the day at the Discovery Center for our staff retreat in July.  In addition to being able to utilize a beautiful public […]

President’s Update: National Patient Safety Awareness Week

President’s Update: National Patient Safety Awareness Week

During recent travels, I was reminded of the jarring statistic from the Institute of Medicine’s  (IOM)1999 report, “To Err is Human,” that we lose the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of passengers daily in the US due to patient safety events. It boggles the mind to think that millions of people fly each day […]

President’s Update: Reversing the Down Escalator

President’s Update: Reversing the Down Escalator

Earlier this month, HCIF held our annual Partnership for Patient Care Leadership Summit – HCIF’s first in-person event since 2019. It was also HCIF’s first-ever hybrid event and we were delighted to welcome over 100 people both virtually and IRL (in real life). The Summit’s theme was “Achieving Health Equity through Community Engagement” and featured […]

President’s Update: May 2022

We Need to Talk About Mental Health Wendy Nickel May 24, 2022 My heart is heavy today as news trickles in about the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school, which so far, has claimed the lives of 19 innocent children and 2 adults. The dinner table was quiet tonight, as I thought about what […]

President’s Update: December 2021

President’s Update: December 2021

HCIF: A Study of a Highly Effective Board of Directors   In 2019, attorney Thomas Hyatt authored a blogpost on the traits of high-performing boards. The traits include: full board involvement and a sense of engagement and participation; a respect for processes that further the organization’s mission; willingness to try new directions; strategic vs. operational […]

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