Pool Trust Receives National Award for Public-Health Leadership
Residents of the Lehigh Valley have long been familiar with the important work of the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust. Since being established in the mid-1970s, the Pool Trust has provided more than $100 million in grants that have supported Lehigh Valley Health Network programs and initiatives across such areas as community health, health research and education, and clinical innovation.
Last week, the Pool Trust received the President’s Award from the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH). This award recognizes outstanding efforts in public health. Pool Trust received this honor for its leadership role in the efforts here in the Lehigh Valley to create a bi-county health department, the first ever in Pennsylvania.
The Pool Trust has joined with the Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation to provide a $1 million grant to support the start-up efforts of the Lehigh Valley Board of Health, the 11-member body now working on developing a complete budget and services plan for a regional health department serving communities across Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
Beyond this major grant, the Pool Trust has provided funding and key guidance that have made possible the kinds of needs assessments, planning, research, and community dialogue that have been critical to advancing the cause of regional public health over the past decade.
It is expected that a bi-county health department could be up and running in the Lehigh Valley by the first part of 2010. Anyone familiar with the effort to create such a department here knows that it would not have made it even this far without the Pool Trust’s leadership and vision.
RenewLV congratulates the Pool Trust on this national recognition, and we applaud the Trust for its continued support of regional collaboration.