GlaxoSmithKline Partnership Programs
Children’s Health Fund’s Referral Management Initiative
Through a three-year grant of more than $2 million GSK has been the sole supporter of The Children’s Health Fund’s Referral Management Initiative (RMI) that ensures continuity of care for medically underserved, high-risk children, who are often homeless. The RMI system eliminates the barriers, distance, cost, cultural issues, which 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.
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
The Community Health Empowerment Program (CHE) is provided to low-income neighborhoods, targeting underserved populations. The program presents health education in non-traditional venues, including African American and Afro-Caribbean churches as well as barber shops, beauty salons, laundromats, and tattoo parlors. English and Spanish programming promotes wellness, early detection, and self-empowerment through knowledge and eventual behavior modification.
Center for Corporate Citizenship of the US Chamber of Commerce
In conjunction with the US Chamber of Commerce and the US Department of Education, GlaxoSmithKline is helping to lead the way as we jointly take a more meaningful look at how education impacts the global economy. The nation’s education system forms the basis for skills that the U.S. workforce develops. It is the bedrock for research and development, and it contributes fundamentally to the development of our communities and the cohesiveness of American society.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
GSK and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) will partner on a three year grant to increase the number of science teachers pursuing National Board Certification in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina and in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas of Pennsylvania.
United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Triangle United Way
GSK employees in the US have raised more than $1.3 million for United Way in the company’s second annual national campaign. That figure will double to a gift of more than $2.6 million with the company match. The campaign slogan, “GSK and United Way: One Spirit Caring, One Spirit Sharing,” characterized the spirit of giving. Hundreds of GSK employees in Philadelphia and RTP areas also volunteer for the Days of Caring events at nonprofit organizations.
GSK’s IMPACT Awards
Ten community-based healthcare organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area are recognized annually at GSK’s IMPACT Awards ceremony. Winners receive $40,000 in unrestricted funds in acknowledgement of their programs that demonstrate Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community Focus and Targeting Need (IMPACT). Leading healthcare experts and GSK executives select the winners. The Awards are intended to bring attention to small and mid-sized nonprofits that are proactive, committed, effective in their work, and demonstrate a significant impact on their community.
Science In The Summer
Science in the Summer is an educational program made available by support from GlaxoSmithKline and held in local public libraries in the Greater Philadelphia area. The program helps elementary school children “grow into science” by getting them excited about studying science with hands-on experiments. Courses include: Paleontology (Studying Earth’s History and Fossils); Simple Machines (Learning How Machines Work); Chemistry; Oceanography; and Physical Science/Electricity. To learn more visit www.scienceinthesummer.com
Delaware Valley Community Health
GSK is partnering to replicate a program of care for overweight pediatric patients. The “In Motion Team” will include planning and evaluating sessions with health providers and health educators. Over 10,000 children will be screened annually for Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine who will participate in the initial program. Selected children and their parents will participate in a more intensive group intervention. Weekly meetings, over a six-month period, will include a vigorous education, monitoring and evaluation program to help change both eating and exercise behaviors. Studies indicate that even a moderate reduction in BMI results in a significant decrease in risk for children to develop secondary diseases which affect the quality of their lives.
The Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF)
The Middle Grades Matter campaign is designed to draw attention to the critical nature of middle-level education. GSK’s grant will help enable PEF to collect, disseminate, and utilize insightful data on the needs and challenges related to the middle-grades program in Philadelphia. The grant also will allow for a national collaboration via a symposium with interested school systems across the U.S.
NC Prevention Partners
GSK is supporting a 3-year project to develop and test toolkits that address Childhood Obesity. Three age-appropriate obesity toolkits will be created for elementary, middle and high schools. Each toolkit will include assessment tools, model policies, materials, and proven programs for education leaders, teachers, staff, parents and students. The pilot is expected to reach ~ 8000 children in North Carolina, where obesity is a major concern for health officials and schools.
Upon completion of the pilot, NC Prevention Partners, NC Healthy Weight in Children Initiative, the NC Department of Public Instruction, NC Action for Healthy Kids, and local leaders will collaborate to disseminate toolkits across NC. NC Prevention Partners looks forward to sharing the results of this pilot across the US.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute on Aging
This “Train the Trainer – Dementia Care Program and Caregiver Intervention” project will identify and develop methodologies related to the recognition, care, and treatment of individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association and other community-based organizations will partner with the caregivers in this program. The counties chosen to participate are the most medically underserved in NC; the majority is 50-100% rural. When completed, this project is expected to serve as a model across the state and nation.