Our Mission and Role
The Health Federation of Philadelphia promotes health equity for marginalized communities by advancing access to high-quality, integrated, and comprehensive health and human services.
The Health Federation of Philadelphia serves as a keystone supporting a network of Community Health Centers as well as the broader base of public and private-sector organizations that deliver health and human services to vulnerable populations. We take a collaborative approach to promoting health by:
- Improving access to and quality of health care.
- Identifying, testing and implementing solutions to health disparities.
- Providing training and technical assistance to help other organizations operate more efficiently and effectively.
Stemming from our founding in 1983 as a membership organization of Federally Qualified Community Health Centers, we continue to partner with our members to improve the quality and accessibility of primary health care, including behavioral support, for vulnerable populations in Southeastern Pennsylvania. We support the functioning of our members with collective advocacy, professional development, individualized consultation, and shared learning.
Over time, we have developed solutions to health disparities by identifying and testing new approaches in collaboration with other health and human services organizations, including government health agencies. Our areas of expertise include community-oriented, integrated primary care; quality improvement; trauma-informed practice; infectious disease treatment and control; and early childhood development. Our efforts to improve community health and well-being have been supported by national philanthropic institutions like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and by government agencies like the Health Resources and Services Agency (HRSA) and the U.S. Department of Justice.
As our experience in community-based health care has grown, we have increasingly provided training and technical assistance that helps other organizations operate more efficiently and effectively. We share our knowledge about best practices through customized consulting; we offer administrative and technological support; and we advocate for policies that support our partners’ work throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond.
Our work is funded in several ways:
- grants and contracts from government entities and private foundations
- member dues and payments for shared services
- fees charged to organizational clients for specific services (e.g. training)
Our direct services to consumers are provided at no charge, because they are all grant-funded. However, in many cases, these services are restricted to specific groups defined by geography or other criteria.
If you are interested in learning more about funding for the Health Federation’s work or in contributing to the work we do, please call 215-567-8001.
Our Inclusivity Council Statement
The Inclusivity Council (IC) members are ambassadors within the Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) who advise and recommend programs and trainings on Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (JDEI) to the Chair of the IC (the Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion). The Chair will coordinate with senior leadership of HFP and assess such programs that surround issues that arise involving employees and clients as well as the surrounding community.
An Inclusive Environment
We strive to create a community free from bias, a community that enhances each person's ability to learn and work in an environment where diversity is both embraced and valued. At HFP diversity includes individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and religion). Inclusion is the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity. To that end, HFP has created an Inclusivity Council to ensure a community:
Where all feel valued and appreciated.
Where there is evidence of cultural dialogue between people from diverse backgrounds.
Where there is increasing acknowledgment and acceptance of difference.
Where diverse constituencies contribute in decision-making.
Where barriers to inclusion—whether policy, practice or systemic—are identified and addressed.
Where we create safe and brave spaces for all members of our community to speak from and engage the community from their own unique disposition/worldview.
In our inclusive environment, we value and respect the opinions of all members of our community.
In our inclusive environment, we move beyond traditional definitions of diversity that center on race, religion, class, gender, and sexuality.
It is imperative to note that expressions or actions that disparage an individual's or group's ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or any other aspect of difference are contrary to the fundamental mission and values of our organization.