Other Initiatives

Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health

The Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health (PCOH) is working to improve the oral health status of vulnerable populations in Pennsylvania. Formed in 2007, PCOH is comprised of leaders from across the state who represent schools of public health, philanthropic organizations, businesses, dental organizations, health insurance firms, advocacy organizations and other champions. The coalition’s common goal is to advance practices and policies that increase access to oral health services and educate Pennsylvanians about good preventive care. A founding member of the coalition in 2007, the foundation continues to partner with PCOH in a variety of capacities as an active member and contributing funder.

PA Health Funders Collaborative

The Partnership for Better Health is an active member of the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative (PHFC), a group of 31 health foundations across the state that strives to improve the effectiveness of funders’ initiatives by collaborating, networking, sharing best practices and advancing a unified voice among funders working in communities across Pennsylvania. PHFC seeks to enhance access to high-quality and cost-effective health services to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable populations. 

PHFC’s core goals are to:

  • Build knowledge of current developments and intersections in health philanthropy and state health policy;
  • Enhance awareness of funders’ current grant initiatives and funding priorities to identify areas of convergence
  • Develop networks and explore opportunities for collaborative grantmaking;
  • Leverage expertise and resources for greater impact; and
  • Establish or support opportunities for shared funding for specific projects.

Carlisle Circulator Bus

With the support of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Cumberland County Planning Commission, the Carlisle Circulator Bus responds to the local transportation needs of low-income community members who seek better access to jobs and basic services. The new bus service is comprised of four routes that will connect community members to health services, housing, public assistance, area employers and employment skills training:

  • An employee route will transport workers to and from outlying areas of employment.
  • A health and human services route will take community members to medical offices and facilities in outlying areas, including a bus stop at Sadler Health Center.
  • A retail/shopping/entertainment route will transport the public to shopping and entertainment destinations throughout the immediate Carlisle area.
  • A special events shuttle will operate just ten weekends a year during car shows, running from area motels to downtown destinations and Carlisle Commons Shopping Center.

A three-year demonstration grant from the state covers 85 percent of the service’s annual operating costs. As a member of the community planning team, the Partnership for Better Health is a contributing funder and supports the new service’s launch in 2013.

Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is an approach to delivering and organizing primary care that helps achieve the goals of the Triple Aim: to improve the experience of care, improve the health of populations and reduce per capita costs of health care. A medical home achieves these goals by adopting new technologies, care delivery methods and relationships with patients and their families that encourage primary care to be patient-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, accessible and committed to quality and safety.

Carlisle Health Care Alternatives (CHCA) proposes enrollment of interested physicians and local primary care practices in the cooperative development of PCMHs in the Greater Carlisle medical community. Group training sessions that lead to certification and a forum for exchange of best practices will be offered. Partnership for Better Health is a funding partner and advisor to the initiative, which is set to launch in 2014.