Press Release: Philadelphia, PA—The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) announced this week its inaugural Healthy Communities Research Fellow, Geraldine Pierre, a Doctoral student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Health Policy and Management, concentrating in Health Services Research. In this capacity, Ms. Pierre will be working with TRF for six months, providing research and analytical support to assess the impact of TRF’s healthy communities’ investments.
TRF established the fellowship to provide opportunities for up- and coming scholars to work alongside a group of highly-respected practitioners engaged in community investments that have the potential to enhance wealth and economic opportunity for people and places in need.
“The fellowship presents an exciting opportunity for TRF,” shared TRF CEO, Don Hinkle-Brown. “It gives our team the chance to engage with a rising scholar who has a unique combination of academic credentials and interest in healthy communities. It is a relationship grounded in learning and practice. ”
The fellowship also adds a new dimension to TRF’s dynamic collaboration with Johns Hopkins University (JHU). TRF has a long history of working with JHU in Baltimore. JHU is an investor in TRF’s housing development efforts in East Baltimore and a member of the collaborative known as the Baltimore Integration Partnership (BIP). TRF is the financial intermediary for BIP. More recently, TRF welcomed Stefanie DeLuca, an Associate Professor at JHU’s Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences to its Policy Advisory Board.
Ms. Pierre’s academic background is particularly relevant for TRF, which in 2012 began a national effort to finance Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other community health centers. This effort is designed to enhance and increase the stock of community-based primary care in the nation’s most economically distressed areas. Ms. Pierre’s dissertation work centers around FQHCs and comprehensive delivery models of health care.
During her fellowship, Ms. Pierre will work with TRF to add to the organizational intelligence around health care centers and their impact, especially as new investments are considered. Additionally, Ms. Pierre will also work with TRF to determine the impact-related information TRF should gather and use to assess investments opportunities as well as to understand whether the impacts we expected were achieved in the projects successfully financed.
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TRF is a national leader in rebuilding America’s distressed towns and cities, through the innovative use of capital and information. TRF has invested $1.2 billion in Mid-Atlantic communities since 1985. A CDFI, TRF finances a variety of projects and activities including food access, health care, education and housing, to build healthy communities in under-invested places. TRF also connects projects to federal resources such as the Healthy Food Financing Initiative. Additionally, TRF provides public policy expertise by helping clients create actionable solutions and by sharing data and analysis via www.PolicyMap.com. To learn more about TRF, visit www.trfund.com.