At Verizon, we forge innovative, technology-based partnerships to address disparities in healthcare, and improve quality and access for those disproportionately affected by chronic disease. We also support programs that focus on domestic violence prevention and victim relief.
Below you'll learn more about what we're doing to reach these objectives and improve quality of life in Pennsylvania.
Powerful Answers Awards
On Jan. 8, 2014, Verizon announced the five Powerful Answers Award winners in the healthcare category.
The winners in the healthcare category address a variety of issues, including allowing healthcare providers to visualize the network of care around patients; how to identify and treat diseases early through a combination of big data, biotechnology and telemedicine; and a solution that monitors patients on the anticoagulation therapy warfarin. Other winners focus on how to address hearing loss in developing countries with better screening techniques and an app that does portable vision examinations in a low-cost, non-invasive manner. [ Learn More ]
Featured Grants & Events
YWCA Greater Harrisburg
Through a $10,000 grant from Verizon Foundation, the YWCA Greater Harrisburg will expand its Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program. The funds will support the YWCA staff in providing teen dating violence education and prevention activities to students at local high schools. To learn more, please visit http://www.ywcahbg.org/.
Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC)
Through a grant from Verizon Foundation, the Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC) will again impact 1,500 teens, seventh through twelfth grades, in Luzerne and Carbon County schools during the 2014/2015 school year, by continuing programming to increase knowledge about dating violence, healthy relationships, and resources and strategies available to reduce and prevent these violent behaviors. This project was initiated in 2012 through Verizon Foundation funding. The grant award was announced during the Safe Dates and Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kick-Off Event to the eleventh grade class at the Hazleton Area High School. The event was attend by representatives from DVSC including Paula Triano, Executive Director, Domestic Violence Service Center, Hazleton High School Principal Rocco Petrone, Mary Malone, President, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Cusat, Hazleton City Council Member; and Verizon Representatives - Dan Reavy, Director of External Affairs, Raul Echevarria and Scott Dunja.
Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC)
The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC) received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation in December that will help the agency expand its outreach efforts to area schools and youth organizations to provide education on dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships. The program incorporates information from “Break the Cycle,” which helps young people escape abuse and build healthy relationships.
Pictured (L to R): County Commissioner Ryan Costello; West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta; Todd Darlington, Verizon Government Relations & External Affairs; Dolly Wideman-Scott, CEO of DVCCC; Terry Moody, Director of Development of DVCCC; Linda Altemus, DVCCC Board member; Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone; Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell.
Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA (DVSSP)
The Verizon Foundation presented a $15,000 grant to the DVSSP in support of teen dating violence education programming. Their teen dating violence (TDV) programs typically target students from 7th grade through college with the majority often being 9th graders. The primary goals of their TDV prevention program is to recognize warning signs, know where to turn for help, make issues easier to talk about and teach resolution skills that will prevent someone from becoming a future victim or perpetrator of intimate partner violence. To learn more about the great work they're doing, please visit http://www.peacefromdv.org.
Pictured (L to R): Bill Carnahan(Vice President Verizon-PA External Affairs), Michelle Robinson-Ritter(Executive Director DVSSP), Lisa Hannum(Prevention/Education Coordinator)
Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania
Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania (LSS) received a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to help support ADVANCE, a domestic abuse intervention program serving men, women and teens in the York and Hanover areas. Founded in 1988, ADVANCE provides the information and skills training needed to help individuals who have used violence or abuse begin to live non-violently. The ADVANCE program accepts referrals from York County Adult and Juvenile Probation, Family Court, Children & Youth Services, local school districts, local counseling programs and other human service organizations.
Pictured (L to R): Bob Rundle, President & CEO - LSS; Verizon's Todd Darlington; Kenneth Watts, Program Director - LSS; and Glenn Miller, Vice President of Philanthropy - LSS
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, a domestic violence shelter and service agency serving Lehigh and Northampton Counties, received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to continue to develop and expand their Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program. The grant will help an Education Systems Advocate to design and implement the program, as well as purchasing needed supplies and technology, such as an Automated Response System, which will be used during prevention presentations to collect data on the effectiveness of the program.
Women’s Resources of Monroe County received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to support its Safer Communities youth violence prevention education program. Safer Communities is a series of interactive educational sessions with students, educators, parents and guardians that focus on healthy relationship skills, effective communication, establishing mutual respect and developing strategies to prevent violence from occurring amongst youth.
Verizon was a sponsor of the Inaugural Healthcare Collaboration Summit, held in Philadelphia. Michael Ross, AVP of the Healthcare for Verizon Enterprise Solutions, and his team are leading complex solution sales for voice, data and M2M. Mike was the Summit's breakfast keynote speaker.
Geisinger Health System- Telemedicine Grant
Geisinger Health System Women’s Health Department received a $50,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to assist in expanding the outreach of the department’s telemedicine Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) services.
The telemedicine program utilizes webcam technology during initial consultation appointments to connect MFM specialists with patients locally rather than requiring them to travel to Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) in Danville or Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) in Wilkes-Barre.
Pictured (L to R) A. George Neubert, MD; John Ross, DO, MFM Fellow; Mr. Scott Dunja, Sales Manager, Verizon Wireless; Michael Paglia, MD, PhD, Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Jay Bringman, MD; Verizon's Dan Reavy; Arthur Maslow, DO, Co-Director of Women’s Health, A. Dhanya Mackeen, MD; Verizon's Todd Darlington; Roger Packard, DO, MFM Fellow ; Mr. Bill Moore, President, Greater Wilkes Barre Chamber of Commerce
United Friends School - Healthy Teen Relationships Program
Verizon was proud to partner with Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) to help bring the Healthy Teen Relationships program to the United Friends School (UFS) in Quakertown, PA.
The program is designed to help children identify and prevent unhealthy relationships in their own lives and in the lives of their friends and family.
Pictured: Steve Doerner, Secondary Education Coordinator - NOVA, with 6th graders at UFS
Pictured (L to R): Denise Fitzpatrick, Board Member; Shannon Wisniewski, Empowerment Advocate; Valerie Seitz, Board Member; Daniel J. Reavy, Verizon; Connie Squires, Intern; David A. Bever, Executive Director; Holly Aschoff, Youth Projects Coordinator; Susan Hines, President, Board of Directors.
HopeLine: You Can Make a Difference
HopeLine from Verizon connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, funds and organizations nationwide and recycles no-longer-used phones to help protect the environment. [ Learn More ]
Smart Vision Labs - Powerful Answers
Smart Vision Labs- The winner of the Pwowerful Answers Awards top prize in the healthcare category, Smart Vision Labs developed a portable vision examination device that, with a single snapshot, measures refractive errors of the eye and generates prescriptions – all without patient interaction. The pocket-sized and low cost Smart Aberrometer uses a smartphone’s flashlight and camera, combined with an add-on microlens array, to improve the way people get their vision evaluated.
Converged Health Management
Verizon is addressing yet another critical issue faced by the U.S. healthcare system, with Converged Health Management, a remote patient-monitoring medical platform designed to help clinicians and patients manage their health in between doctor visits.[ Learn More ]
Virtua Healthcare Collaboration Summit
Using Technology to Improve Healthcare for Women
The Verizon Foundation has partnered with the Society for Women's Health Research to test technology that makes it easier to improve healthcare for women and make sure technology reaches those who need it most.
Providing Strong Solutions in Health Care
With Americans spending more than $2.6 trillion on health care each year, and with many in rural and urban areas finding it difficult to access quality health care, the Verizon Foundation believes next-generation technologies - put in the hands of innovative partners - can help address these challenges.
Not Behind the Wheel
A partnership of Verizon Foundation and Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, resulted in "Not Behind The Wheel", a multi-media program that addresses the danger of texting while driving.