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.
Featured Grants & Events
Doylestown Health Receives Verizon Foundation Grant
The Verizon Foundation recently presented Doylestown Health with a $15,000 grant to help fund a new "patient dashboard" system that promotes collaboration with community physicians. The technology prompts caregivers to ensure appropriate preventive care measures are taken by their patients.
Pictured (L-R): Dan Reavy, Director - Verizon State Government Affairs; Mary Washington-Nieves, Associate Director - Healthcare (Verizon)l; and Jim Brexler, Doylestown Health president and CEO.
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley was recently awarded a $40,000 Verizon Foundation grant. The funding will support its safe house and prevention programs. Turning Point provides a variety of services to victims of abuse and their families in communities across Lehigh and Northampton counties, serving more than 5,000 victims of domestic violence each year.
Pass Along Hope
The Philadelphia Eagles and Verizon Wireless continued a decade-long partnership of raising awareness of domestic violence and funding for area organizations through the annual “Pass Along Hope” campaign. During the month of April, Eagles fans and community members were encouraged to share personal messages of hope on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using the hashtag #EaglesVZWHope. For every message shared, Verizon donated $1 to its HopeLine program. More than $20,000 was raised for two local domestic violence shelters. Congratulations and THANKS to everyone who participated! [ Learn More ]
Women's Center of Montgomery County
The Women's Center of Montgomery County, in partnership with the North Penn School District, and made possible in part by a grant from the Verizon Foundation, hosted Ben Atherton-Zeman’s one man show, “Voices of Men” at North Penn High School. The multi-media play uses humor and celebrity male voice impressions to educate audiences about sexual assault/consent, dating violence/domestic violence and stalking. 1,000 students attended the performance, which was simulcast, reaching another 2,000 in their classrooms.
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh - Telehealth Pilot
The Verizon Foundation recently presented a $24,500 grant to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to help launch a Telehealth Technology-Dependent Children Pilot program. The year-long effort will enable families of children who are dependent on portable ventilators to communicate and consult with their clinical team any time, anywhere, using iPads and Vidyo™ videoconferencing software.
Verizon Powerful Answers Awards - Healthcare
On February 3, 2015, three great ideas in education were named Verizon Powerful Answers Award winners. After a year-long global challenge to discover and help bring to market technology-based solutions with the potential to change our world, the three winning projects are:
ORGANIZE ($1 Million Winner) - Organ donation simplified is the mantra for this NYC company. More than 120,000 people are on the waiting list for an organ donation. According to ORGANIZE, that translates to $42 billion in annual dialysis cost, which is expected to quadruple by 2030. ORGANIZE is creating a donation system fit for the 21st Century, through increased points of entry and a coordinated approach to registration for a more modern U.S. organ donation program.
Aldatu Biosciences ($250,000 Winner) - Changing infectious disease treatment through innovative diagnostic solutions for people with HIV.
Talkitt ($250,000 Winner) - Developed a voice-to-voice application that translates distorted pronunciation to understandable speech, filling a gap for the 1.5% of the population affected by speech and motor disabilities.
Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA
The Verizon Foundation recently presented a $10,000 grant to Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA (DVSSP) to fund a new program in partnership with Prime Stage Theater. 10 schools in Fayette, Greene and Washington counties will participate in "You Belong To Me," a one-act play that helps students gain a better understanding of themselves and how to develop healthy relationships.
Pictured ( L to R ): Lisa Hannum, Prevention/Education Coordinator - DVSSP; Verizon's Bill Carnahan.
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 ]
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.