Investing in Our Community
Along with the exceptional leadership from our board members and active engagement of our collaborative partners and staff, we are grateful for the local and national funders who believe in our mission and financially support our efforts. Through active partnerships with a wide variety of regional and national funders, our organization fosters collective action, trust and cooperation to steward public goods and resources in response to identified community health needs.
Our team continues to make enormous strides in caring for our patients, families and communities while developing a sustainable pipeline of competent, compassionate and well-prepared physicians, ready to thrive and lead in our ever-changing healthcare industry. Some of our most recent initiatives include the recent renewal of Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education funding, behavioral health integration in primary care, Narcan and Medication-Assisted Treatment training, infectious disease services, telemedicine, oral health navigation and school-based health services.
Each step forward provides an opportunity to promote our short-term ambitions while in deliberate, relentless pursuit of our ten-year target of being recognized as the Health and Human Services (HHS) gold standard community-based model for primary healthcare with integrated workforce development.
Learn more about each of our invaluable community funders below.
Pennsylvania Office of the Budget
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has awarded our organization a $1.5m Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant to support the development of our newest clinic in South Scranton, slated to open later this fall.
The new South Scranton location will be home to our administrative offices and feature a full-service healthcare hub to include primary care, behavioral health, infectious disease and dental services for patients and families of all ages.
The AHRQ chose The Wright Center for Community Health to participate in a research project focused on opioid prescribing in primary care. Program participants are asked to implement a QI package titled “Six Building Blocks to Safer Opioid Management” in primary care clinics. As a participant, our organization received $2,500 in support, as well as resources, technical assistance and guidance from experts in the field.
We are grateful for the AllOne Foundation’s continued investment in The Wright Center for Community Health and its affiliated entity, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. Recent initiatives for which we have received their support are listed below.2018-Present
AllOne Foundation awarded The Wright Center for Community Health and Maternal and Family Health Services a $500,000 grant to support the organizations’ work within the community-based Healthy MOMS (Maternal Opiate Medical Support) Pregnancy-Recovery initiative. The Healthy MOMS program launched in late 2018 with a goal of organizing regional players in the healthcare, legal and social services sectors to care for pre- and post-natal women with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and, ultimately, reduce their babies’ risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Benefitting from these grant funds, moms-to-be within multiple counties served by AllOne Foundation (Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming) are eligible for services/care during their pregnancy, through delivery and continued throughout their postpartum “fourth trimester”. Click here to learn more about the Healthy MOMs program.2016-Present
AllOne Foundation awarded The Wright Center for Community Health $1.35 million over three years to launch programs that will improve health outcomes, increase the value of the partnership between patients and healthcare providers and reduce overall cost of care. Thanks to this generous support, we have successfully implemented a call center that has allowed our team to focus on what matters most: providing high-quality care to our patients. In addition, we were able to fully integrate behavioral health services across the care continuum and lifespan with a focus on the escalating opioid epidemic. Support from the AllOne Foundation has also partially funded the implementation of vaccine clinics in high-need school districts to satisfy Pennsylvania school vaccination requirements, and has provided vital dental equipment used in pop-up oral health clinics across the region. Through this partnership, we can continue to offer a full range of mental, behavioral and oral health services integrated into primary care in an effort to better care for medically underserved patients.
The Corporation for National Community Service approved The Wright Center for Community Health to host four AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) annually over the next three years. Our VISTAs contribute to several long-term projects embedded in three focus areas: the Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence, School-Based Health Centers and the LGBTQ+ service line. Their projects contribute to our goal of improving and expanding service lines and access to quality healthcare for consumers in underserved areas of high priority throughout Lackawanna County.
The Fund for Shared Insight selected The Wright Center for Community Health as one of five area nonprofits to receive a $45,000 Listen4Good grant. These funds will assist our Together in Health team in closing the feedback loop by applying a semi-standard survey instrument that incorporates the Net Promoter System (NPS®) employed widely in customer feedback circles. As the local sponsor, Moses Taylor Foundation awarded each grantee $15,000, with the remaining $30,000 funded by Listen4Good.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation infused $135,000 into The Wright Center for Community Health’s oral health clinic, housed within The Wright Center for Community Health Mid Valley Practice. The grant allowed our team to create a new space that includes four spacious exam rooms and on-site x-ray capabilities. The expanded dental care team is now able to provide additional services, including extractions and emergency services.
We are grateful for HRSA’s continued investment in The Wright Center for Community Health and its affiliated entity, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. Recent initiatives for which we have received their support are listed below.
Teaching Health Centers2011-Present
Since 2011, HRSA has awarded the organization over $80.1 million towards the establishment of Teaching Health Center locations and expansion of residency training opportunities. Through this support, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education has established regional internal medicine and family medicine programs, as well as a National Family Medicine Residency in partnership with A.T. Still University which trains residents in four Federally Qualified Health Centers across the country. To learn more about Teaching Health Centers, click here.
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program2019
HRSA has awarded The Wright Center for Community Health $999,981 to establish a community consortium aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic. Through this funding, The Wright Center for Community Health will be able to engage community resources throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania to maximize medication-assisted treatment efforts in a team-based care infrastructure.
Primary Care Training and Enhancement Supplement2019
HRSA has awarded The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, in partnership with A.T. Still University, supplemental funding totaling $61,297 to develop training that will improve the ability of primary care providers to respond to the opioid epidemic. Our team will use these funds to develop a training course for physician assistants (PAs) on medication-assisted treatment and opioid abuse prevention in medically underserved areas.
Primary Care Teaching Enhancement2018
Physician Assistant Rebecca Kenderes was awarded an $8,000 fellowship from ATSU-SOMA to participate in a project titled “Leading and Teaching in the Nation’s Health Centers: The Primary Care Transformation Executive Fellowship,” which is headed by Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The fellowship enables Kenderes to participate in program activities, including didactic instruction, mentoring/coaching, online training blocks, and development of a local Fellow-led healthcare transformation project that is responsive to local need.
Infectious Disease ServicesAnnually since 2003
HRSA provides important operational funding for The Wright Center for Community Health Ryan White Clinic, which delivers healthcare services to patients with infectious diseases from across a seven-county area. In 2018, our team received a $322,168 grant to support the Early Intervention Service Program as part of a three-year award. This funding allows The Wright Center for Community Health to provide targeted HIV counseling and testing, medical evaluation and clinical and diagnostic services, therapeutic measures for preventing and treating the deterioration of the immune system and for preventing and treating conditions arising from HIV/AIDS and referrals to appropriate providers of healthcare and support services.
School-Based Health Centers
HRSA has invested $2 million to create and significantly enhance our school-based health centers providing access to healthcare to nearly 9,000 students within the Valley View, North Pocono, Lakeland and Scranton school districts.
The Margaret Briggs Foundation has awarded The Wright Center for Community Health $14,000 to expand the use of MinibarRx technology. MinibarRx is a system for the storage of vaccines that interfaces with patients' electronic health records to provide safe administration of vaccines. The interface stores all lot numbers, expiration dates, and National Drug Code vaccine numbers, and ensures the correct vaccine distribution to the correct patient. MinibarRx also assists with reporting should a vaccine be recalled. The new technology will be implemented at our new clinic in South Scranton, which is set to open in the summer of 2019.
We are grateful for Moses Taylor Foundation’s continued investment in The Wright Center for Community Health and its affiliated entity, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. Recent initiatives for which we have received their support are listed below.
Geriatric Service Line and Fellowship Development2019
Moses Taylor Foundation awarded The Wright Center for Community Health a grant to expand its geriatric service line and further develop a geriatric curriculum and fellowship in partnership with The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. Bolstered by this funding, a community-based coordinated primary care team, comprised of a physician, certified registered nurse practitioner and medical assistant, will visit patients who live in Lackawanna County to provide healthcare services.2018
Moses Taylor Foundation awarded a $176,524 grant to The Wright Center for Community Health to develop a pilot for a geriatric service line intended to alleviate detrimental mental and physical outcomes of prolonged isolation among the elderly in Lackawanna County. With these funds, our team will utilize a coordinated, patient-focused, physician-led medical home model to deliver responsive healthcare services to the senior population of Lackawanna County. The project consists of two objectives: the creation of a medical home visit program and comprehensive referral network for frail senior patients and the development of a comprehensive training curriculum for all staff and residents to address the needs of an elderly population.
Narcan Training in the Nonprofit Sector2019
Moses Taylor Foundation awarded a $16,220 grant to The Wright Center for Community Health to provide Narcan training to individuals within the local nonprofit sector. As a result of their investment, 102 people in the nonprofit sector have been trained and educated on how to use Narcan, including librarians, office staff and resident physicians.
Preventing Isolation in Older Adults Mini-Grant2019
Moses Taylor Foundation awarded a $920 grant to The Wright Center for Community Health to host two screenings of the “Loneliness & Isolation” episode of Nashville Public Television’s documentary series Aging Matters for clinical staff at two of its Lackawanna County clinic locations. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, Telespond and Serving Seniors, Inc., who will lead a conversation applying information from the documentary to the risk of isolation and loneliness among Lackawanna County’s older adults and share their insights on how that risk may be mitigated in the community.
School-Based Health Mini-Grant2019
Moses Taylor Foundation awarded a $2,050 grant to The Wright Center for Community Health to send two people from our school-based health team to the 2019 three-day School-Based Health Alliance Convention in Washington, DC, June 23rd-26th. At their yearly convention, representatives from more than 3,000 school-based health centers across the nation are present, connecting with colleagues to share and learn about innovative ways to serve schools and their communities through the promotion of wellness and health equity. Upon their return from the conference, the attendees will share what they learned at the convention with the rest of our team in order to disseminate best practices.
Together in Health School-Based Health Center2017
Moses Taylor Foundation awarded a $279,149 grant to The Wright Center for Community Health to support the renovation and construction of expanded clinical space at West Scranton Intermediate School. The project extended the hours of the current school-based health center operations and opened the location to the general public.
Healthy Workplace Mothers’ Room2017
Moses Taylor Foundation awarded a $2,000 Healthy Workplace grant to The Wright Center for Community Health to furnish and equip our Mothers’ Room, with improvements including comfortable chairs, a music source, a small refrigerator and a hospital-grade pump. This lactation space will help the working mothers on our team to successfully maintain their breastfeeding relationship, thus providing proven lifelong health benefits to both mother and baby.
Oral Health Education and Service Line Expansion2016
Moses Taylor Foundation awarded a $234,301 grant to The Wright Center for Community Health for its ongoing oral healthcare and education program, which is designed to improve access to oral healthcare in Lackawanna, Wayne and Susquehanna counties. With the support of The Foundation, our dental team has provided oral healthcare to Scranton School District and Head Start students including cleanings, exams, topical fluoride, sealants and education. Additional parent and teacher education has been presented at the EOTC Mommy & Me Program and Toddler Group, Lakeland Elementary School and Boys & Girls Club. The dental team has also participated in three regional health fairs.
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation granted The Wright Center for Community Health $30,000 to develop a dental navigation program. In collaboration with The Scranton District Dental Society, the project harnesses volunteers to do assessments and connect patients with dental offices that provide reduced-cost care. Through the project, a series of daylong oral healthcare clinics have been hosted for adults in Lackawanna County who lack health insurance or have issues accessing care.
Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication-Assisted Treatment (PacMAT)2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Health awarded a $977,022 grant to The Wright Center for Community Health to implement a PacMAT program designed to increase access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Beginning in April 2018, ten primary care practices implemented the organization’s workflow and model to address unmet treatment needs of individuals with opioid use disorder. Later in the year, we received $250,000 in subsequent available funding for the PacMAT program. The program is funded through $26.5 million in federal resources recently allocated to Pennsylvania through the 21st Century Cures Act.
We are grateful for Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ continued investment in The Wright Center for Community Health and its affiliated entity, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. Recent initiatives for which we have received their support are listed below.
Pennsylvania Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence2016
The Wright Center for Community Health was designated as a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence (OUD-COE). The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services awarded our organization an initial $500,000 (and another $500,000 in the subsequent year) in support to combat the opioid epidemic in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Through these funds, the organization has created a team-based, whole person-focused program with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care. As of December 2018, more than 400 patients have engaged in The Wright Center for Community Health’s OUD-COE, and more than half of patients are actively engaged.
Support Services Navigation and Housing Services for Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder2019
Alongside United Way of Wyoming Valley, The Wright Center for Community Health was granted $1,616,195 to implement a pilot housing program to support the recovery of individuals with opioid use disorder. The funding allows both organizations to work in concert to mitigate the impacts of unstable living conditions for and provide high-quality healthcare services to the opioid use disorder population.
Rockefeller Philanthropy Adivsors awarded The Wright Center for Community Health a $900 grant for use for expenses incurred in participation in the annual Listen4Good Conference. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is the administrator of the Fund for Shared Insight, which oversees the Listen4Good initiative.
The USDA awarded The Wright Center for Community Health a $463,223 grant to support distance learning and telemedicine. Funds will be used to incorporate telemedicine infrastructure in ten primary care practices or Federally Qualified Health Centers located in rural and underserved areas of Northeastern Pennsylvania (including locations in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wyoming, Wayne, Monroe, and Susquehanna counties) to support patients struggling with opioid use disorder. Following a hub-and-spoke model, our team will install telehealth equipment through which patients at an end-user site who are undergoing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can synchronously conduct a counseling session with a behavioral health specialist at the organization’s Scranton primary care clinic. Our team will also use the telemedicine equipment and platform to train medical residents and fellows to use innovative technology to increase patient access, remotely manage acute and chronic conditions and support care coordination and communication among a patient’s healthcare team.
The Wright Center for Community Health received $25,000 from the Willary Foundation for equipment and supplies to fit out the lab and triage area within the upcoming Scranton Practice at 501 South Washington Avenue in Scranton. The triage area at the Scranton Practice will accommodate patients of all ages and insured status.2017
The Willary Foundation awarded The Wright Center for Community Health $10,000 to implement the Portable Remote Network (PRN) to connect patients at Skyview Apartments to electronic medical records (EMR) and the Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE). This portable, secure Wi-Fi has been used in pop-up dental and vaccine clinics to facilitate care coordination among all providers involved in a patient’s health, including specialists, hospitals, and community services.