Children's Health Fund's Referral Management Initiative
We are the sole supporter of The Children's Health Fund's Referral Management Initiative. This program ensures continuity of care for medically underserved, high-risk children, who are often homeless.
This system eliminates the barriers, distance, cost, and cultural issues that often prevent these children from receiving the services of specialists. Lessons learned from this initiative will have an impact on programs that provide healthcare to underserved populations.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation GlaxoSmithKline Hope for Families Fund
Cancer strikes children all across the nation and without consideration for economic means. Relapsed pediatric cancers are among the most difficult to treat.
GlaxoSmithKline provided a gift of $1 million, matched by The Children’s Hospital Foundation, to help children and young adults with relapsed cancers gain access to innovative new therapies at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
The GlaxoSmithKline Hope of Families Fund provides a permanent endowment to assist patients from low-income families meet sometimes significant travel expenses. The Fund allows families to focus fully on being with and obtaining the best care for their children.
Families who benefit from the Fund are selected by an independent committee at CHOP, based on individual circumstances.
Fund for Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Ambulatory Health Services’ Breast Health Outreach and Counseling program identifies women at two of its Health Centers who are in need of breast cancer screenings. For these women, direct mail outreach and telephone counseling has proven to be successful. The program overcomes language barriers, provides breast health education and mammograms, and provides referrals for follow-up care.
NC Prevention Partners
Childhood obesity is a major health concern in the US. GSK supports the Zone Health program, which offers training and toolkits to elementary, middle, and high schools to create healthier school environments. The project to-date has trained 37 school teams, impacting over 76,000 students. The program is also assisting school districts with employee wellness to further support healthy schools. Thirteen school districts, employing over 15,000 teachers and administrative staff, are participating in the WorkHealthy America employee wellness program.
We currently are supporting expansion of these programs through a distance-learning component, featuring interactive web-based trainings.
Pittsburgh Mercy Foundation
GSK supports Operation Safety Net, which is a healthcare outreach program for the homeless population. Men and women living on the streets are given access to healthcare designed to meet their unique needs. The program began in the Pittsburgh area and has expanded to a 19-partner Street Medicine International program in the US, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America.
Senior PharmAssist helps those 60 years and older in Durham, NC, to obtain medicines they need, avoid ones they don't need, and tap into other community resources that can further support their health and independence. Program evaluations have demonstrated that participants report reduced visits to the hospital and improved perceived health, among other positive outcomes.