Replication Local Style: A Philadelphia Story

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In 2003 Susan Sherman, president and CEO of Philadelphia’s Independence Foundation, observed the Students Run L.A. (Los Angeles) program in action during a site visit at the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) annual meeting. What she saw excited her. She brought the idea back to Philly—not to the school district, but to the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC), a longstanding Independence Foundation grantee. The NNCC is an association of nurse-managed community health centers with 190 member centers nationwide and ten in Philadelphia. The running program fit well with the organization’s public health mission. Located in medically underserved neighborhoods, Philly’s NNCC member centers provide primary care and conduct health promotion, disease prevention, and after-school programs. With Sherman’s encouragement, and the Independence Foundation as the local funding partner, the NNCC applied to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Local Initiative Funding Partners (LIFP) program for a grant to adapt the SRLA model to Philadelphia. The four-year grant, awarded in July 2004, totals $495,000, and is partially matched by $200,000 from the Independence Foundation and a string of small grants from other local sources.



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