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As Seen in Vista.Today

Posted on January 8, 2018

Vanessa Briggs, President and CEO

Article from Vista.Today on January 4, 2018

Vanessa discusses the impact her parents had on her leadership style and career trajectory, as well as her immediate priorities and focus for the Foundation.

Where did you grow up, Vanessa?

I was born the youngest of three children in Philadelphia and lived in Philadelphia until I was 8-years-old, then…

Holiday Hours

Posted on January 1, 1970

Our offices will be closed December 21 – January 1.

We will reopen on January 2, 2018.

We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday…

Local Youth Learn About Philanthropy

Posted on December 19, 2017

BHF is now giving our youth a strong voice for change through the Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy program (CAYPP).  This program gets youth involved with the community at the most basic levels – finding areas of need and working to fill those needs through philanthropy.

Here is a look at how the program works with a report from Alyson Ferguson, CAYPP Program Manager, followed by a…

Youth Confronting Tough Issues

Posted on January 1, 1970

Brandywine Health Foundation led the public-private partnership to launch Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) four years ago.  Today there are over 1,100 certified Youth Mental Health “First Aiders” in and around Coatesville.  These individuals interact and engage with our youth every day.  By the end of 2017, we will have 2,000 trained mental health “First Aiders” in our community.

Below, Linda…

The Brandywine Health Foundation has funded local behavioral health agencies since our inception.  Here is a report from one of our grantees, Child Guidance Resource Centers (CGRC), that promotes “the integration of physical health and behavioral health” .  CGRC staff are responsible for training local community members in youth mental health first aid (YMHFA).  Read what Andy Kind-Rubin, Vice President for Clinical Services and Chief…

Health care is a right, not a privilege. 

Posted on December 20, 2017

The Brandywine Health Foundation has been supporting area organizations that provide quality and affordable healthcare to those in need, that speak for the voiceless, and that represent those who are underrepresented in the quest for equal access to health care.  Here is what our grantee organizations say about their work and how BHF has helped:

Public Citizens for Children and Youth

Colleen McCauley, Health Policy…

Thank you!

Posted on December 20, 2017

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
~Helen Keller
Thank you to our amazing volunteers for sharing the most important gift with us, your time!
We would not be able to support the community without your help and we are forever grateful.
Please click here to enjoy a short video.
2017-2018 Volunteers
Jada Acevedo
Bud Adams
Sabrina Aguila

Youth Mental Health First Aid Evaluation

Posted on December 1, 2017

The Year Three Evaluation Report for our Youth Mental Health First Aid Program is now available. Thank you to West Chester University for putting this evaluation together, and to all of our supporters for your ongoing investment in this life saving program, the Brandywine Health Foundation, and especially the Coatesville community. The progress we have made in reducing the stigma surrounding mental health, providing educational…

It’s #GivingTuesday

Posted on November 28, 2017

Today is #GivingTuesday.  This global day of giving is fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

We hope you will consider making your year-end contribution online today to…

What You Need to Know to Keep Your Health Coverage

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Vanessa Briggs, President and CEO, Brandywine Health Foundation and Antoinette Kraus, Director, Pennsylvania Health Access Network

If you are wondering what will happen to your health insurance as a result of the policy debates going on in Washington, you are not alone.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) – which many in our region rely on for their health coverage – is still at risk of being dismantled through executive orders or repealed and replaced, and Congress continues to consider cuts to essential programs…