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  • Ex-West Virginia Health Chief Says Cuts Hurt Virus Response July 10, 2020
    The former West Virginia public health leader forced out by the governor says decades-old computer systems and cuts to staff over a period of years had made a challenging job even harder during a once-in-a-century pandemic.
    Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press and Anthony Izaguirre, The Associated Press
  • Must-Reads Of The Week July 10, 2020
    KHN executive editor Damon Darlin wades through mounds of health care policy stories — so you don’t have to.
    Damon Darlin
  • Lost On The Frontline July 10, 2020
    A 22-year-old EMT with “a smile that would light up any room.” A nursing assistant who never got to hold her third granddaughter born in April. An ICU nurse who treated some of the first U.S. COVID cases in February. These are some of the people just added to “Lost on the Frontline,” a special […]
    The Staffs of KHN and The Guardian
  • Colorado, Like Other States, Trims Health Programs Amid Health Crisis July 10, 2020
    Across the country, the recession has cut state revenues at the same time the COVID-19 pandemic has increased costs, forcing state lawmakers into painful decisions about how to balance their budgets. Health care is one of the targets even in the midst of a health care crisis.
    Markian Hawryluk
  • KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: ‘Open The Schools, Close The Bars’ July 9, 2020
    While COVID-19 cases continue to surge in more than half the country, the Trump administration has decided its top priority is for schools to open for in-person learning this fall. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court hands Trump a victory in a case to limit the reach of the birth control benefit under the Affordable Care Act. […]
  • Más pruebas para COVID, pero esperas demasiado largas por los resultados July 9, 2020
    Con la demanda en alza, los resultados de las pruebas para COVID-19 están tardando hasta 10 días, lo que dificulta los esfuerzos de salud pública para frenar la propagación.
    Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
  • La tasa de vacunación contra la culebrilla aumenta, pero muchos quedan atrás July 9, 2020
    Un nuevo informe de los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) revela que el porcentaje de vacunación es mucho más bajo entre las minorías.
    Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
  • As COVID Testing Soars, Wait Times For Results Jump To A Week — Or More July 9, 2020
    The delays can be excruciating, with some extreme cases running more than 20 days. People getting tested at urgent care centers, community health centers, pharmacies and state-run drive-thru or walk-up sites are often waiting a week or more to find out if they tested positive for the coronavirus.
    Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
  • Amid Surge, Hospitals Hesitate To Cancel Nonemergency Surgeries July 9, 2020
    Unlike earlier in the year, most hospitals are not proactively canceling elective surgeries, even in some places seeing spikes in coronavirus patients.
    Samantha Young
  • Behind The Byline: ‘Everybody Hit Record’ July 9, 2020
    Check out KHN’s video series — Behind The Byline: How The Story Got Made. Come along as journalists and producers offer an insider’s view of health care coverage that does not quit.

Current Events and Foundation News

Updated 6/21/2019

Mt. Sinai Announces 2020 Saltzman Award Recipients

Join us for Channel 3 News at 6 PM, June 23-24, as we salute Cleveland’s Health Heroes and on June 25 when we present them with the 2020 Maurice Saltzman Award as part of the 6 PM news!

The 2020 Maurice Saltzman Award is presented to Cleveland’s Health Heroes who put their lives on the line to care for COVID-19 patients and prevent further spread of the disease. Those honored include not only those working in hospitals, but also those in group homes and long-term care facilities. They include not only doctors, nurses and other caregivers, but sanitation, foodservice and transportation workers, home health workers, public health practitioners and all who have worked tirelessly to keep our communities safe in this time of global crisis.

2020 Maurice Saltzman Award Selection Committee

Enid B. Rosenberg, Chair
Tom Abelson, MD
Nathan A. Berger, MD
Beth Wain Brandon
Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD
J. David Heller
Jeffrey L. Ponsky, MD
Susan Ratner
Ronn Richard
Fred C. Rothstein, MD
Judge Dan A. Polster, Board Chair
Mitchell Balk, President


Study of ‘downstream’ effects of childhood lead poisoning reveals racial, economic disparities in adulthood

20-year study involving more than 10,000 children tracks consequences of lead exposure from birth through early adulthood

A new study from Case Western Reserve University, funded in part by the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, shows that numerous negative issues associated with lead poisoning follow children well into adulthood—building on evidence linking elevated blood-lead levels with a host of harmful outcomes in education, behavior and health.

These so-called “downstream” consequences include increased involvement in the juvenile justice system, adult incarceration and homelessness, according to the study conducted by researchers at the university’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

The findings stem from a research project that—using data over a 20-year period—tracked the life outcomes of more than 10,000 children in Cleveland with elevated blood-lead levels, compared to a control group of students who did not have elevated lead levels. By comparing these carefully matched groups, researchers were able to zero-in on the impact of lead poisoning on both people and public systems.

“The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition believes that no child should ever be lead-poisoned,” said Blaine Griffin, City of Cleveland Councilman and Coalition Steering Committee Member. “This research from Case Western Reserve University underscores the painful reality that lead poisoning not only affects a child’s developing body and robs them of their potential but has a costly impact on our entire community. It doesn’t matter where you live or work—whether you’re a landlord, caregiver, elected official, or resident—we all have a responsibility to address lead poisoning together.”

The full press release can be accessed here (PDF).

Image of Lead Safe Cleveland press release


Mandel Foundation Approves $5 million to the Lead Safe Home Fund

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation has committed $5 million to the Lead Safe Home Fund, which will provide families and property owners resources to make homes lead safe. This, along with investments from the city of Cleveland, state of Ohio and philanthropic partners, brings the total pool of funds to more than $18 million, according to a news release

“As the COVID-19 pandemic forces us to shelter-in-place, we are reminded how important a safe and decent home is,” stated Mitchell Balk, president of the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation and chair of the governance committee of Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition. “All children, no matter their backgrounds, should be afforded every opportunity to live up to their fullest potential. Lead poisoning is an issue of equity, and now is the time to invest in this most basic human need for children today and into the future.”

The full press release can be accessed here (PDF).

Mandel Press Release


Mt. Sinai, Partners, announce Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition

Click the video below to listen to Mitchell Balk’s announcement at January 22, 2019, press conference in the rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.


Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition announces inaugural Steering Committee

During the Lead Safe Home Summit (June 21, 2019), Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation President Mitchell Balk announced the creation of the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition Steering Committee.

“The appointment of Steering Committee members marks an important milestone for the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition,” said Balk, who also chairs the Coalition’s Governance Committee. “This group brings to the table a remarkable depth and breadth of leadership, a diversity of lived experiences, and the critical perspectives necessary to address lead poisoning in our community.”

Read the Press Release here (PDF)

Steering Committee Announcement


Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation Appoints Program Officer

January 2, 2019 (Cleveland, Ohio) – Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation President Mitchell Balk announces the appointment of Cleveland native Ali Foti to the position of program officer. Ms. Foti will begin her duties on February 4, 2019.

Ali FotiFoti is a Hawken School alumna and University Hospitals/ Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital NICU graduate. She is currently completing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is a summa cum laude graduate in Political Science of the University of Michigan.

Among her varied professional experiences, Foti created health equity trainings for cancer care providers as Health Education & Training Coordinator at the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center. She also oversaw government relations to increase patient access to their health data as Health Information Technology Policy & Outreach Coordinator at the National Partnership for Women & Families. Also in Washington, DC, she served on the Health Equity and Accountability Act Community Working Group and the Consumer Work Group of the Federal Advisory Committee to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. More recently, Foti contributed to capacity-building trainings to support Boston non-profit organizations in planning health promotion programs through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Center for Community-Based Research.

“Mt. Sinai is fortunate to have someone with Ali’s skills, intellect and passion for improving the public’s health join its program staff,” said Foundation President Mitchell Balk. Working with Mt. Sinai Vice President, strategy, Daniel Cohn, Foti will support the Foundation’s strategic agenda related to primary prevention, population health, and health policy.


Position Statement – Assault Weapons Ban – December 2018

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Position Statement - Assault Weapons Ban


Mt. Sinai Approves $500,000 Grant, Launches Enhanced Security Initiative in the Jewish Community

December 3, 2018 (Cleveland, Ohio) – The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation today approved a grant of $500,000 to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland to enhance security in the Cleveland Jewish community following the attack on Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people.

“We applaud the Jewish Federation of Cleveland for being in the forefront of safety and security efforts both locally and nationally and for taking action to intensify its program as a result of the current anti-Semitism,” said Foundation President Mitchell Balk.

The Federation’s plan, developed with local and national security experts, will provide enhanced security for 37 synagogues and 9 day school sites, and 9 Jewish-sponsored preschools.

“In the face of the growing threat from anti-Semitism and in light of the attack in Pittsburgh, the need for increased security throughout Jewish Cleveland is no longer an option,” said Stephen H. Hoffman, President of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. “We are grateful for this significant investment and leadership by the Mt. Sinai Foundation, which will help our community members live as Jewishly as they wish in a safe and welcoming environment. We believe the Mt. Sinai commitment will encourage other generous donors to step forward in our effort to raise the $2 million per year that is required to implement the enhanced security program.”


Press Coverage: Mt. Sinai brings Nurse Family Partnership to Cleveland

December 7, 2015 (Cleveland, Ohio) – Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation today announced a $1.2 million grant that will bring to Cleveland for the first time a nurse home visiting program proven to curb infant mortality among low-income families.
Read the article at Cleveland.com