2019 Grant Recipients

The Parkinson Council allocated $354,500 in grant funding to local organizations in 2019.

Abington – Jefferson Health

  • Funding for one Nurse Navigator (in-patient and out-patient) responsible for delivering direct patient care, including initial contact for care-partners; identify gaps in care and identify partners and patients to refer to ancillary programs.

Dan Aaron Stay Fit Exercise Program at Arcadia

  • Stay Fit Exercise Program – Funding requested for salary and operational support of the Stay Fit Program (one of three semesters).

Cooper Neurological Institute/Cooper University Hospital

  • Funding to provide salary support for one part-time licensed clinical social worker for family counseling, health benefit navigation and facilitate contact with local support groups.

Thomas Jefferson University

  • Dr. Jingli Cai and her team will define the most representative dopaminergic neuronal phenotype to model Parkinson’s Disease in iPS cell cultures.
  • Dr. Tsao-Wei Liang, Director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Program, received a service grant for salary support for the clinical care coordinator, community outreach and education, the home care visitation program.

The James A. Michener Art Museum

  • Studio Art Classes for Adults with Parkinson’s Disease

Moss Rehab

  • Requesting additional funding to continue the support and expansion of MossRehab Parkinson’s Disease Maintenance Program.

Music Matters 

  • Funding to support to sustain and expand Center City choir, ParkinSingers, and initiatives to reach a more diverse community.  

Penn Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center

  • Salary support for research specialist, app programming and fitness tracker.
  • For Comprehensive Care
    • Nurse Educator
    • Counseling Program
    • Social Worker to educate and raise awareness about the impact of Parkinson’s to traditionally underserved populations.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • Funding to support Accessible Art Program for People with Parkinson’s and their Care-Partners that offers painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking.

SOWN (Supportive Older Women’s Network) 

  • Funding to support the continuation of the Parkinson’s Care Partners Telegroup program, an innovative approach to disease management and emotional support for care-partners of family members and loved ones with Parkinson’s disease. 

University of Delaware – Nurse Managed Care Center

Funding to:

  • Increase new and follow-up visits via telehealth in the PD clinic to a MDS, totaling 85 patients;
  • Increase clinical psychologist visits in the PD clinic, totaling 50 psych patients;
  • Refer all new PD patients (25 patients) for assessment of needed services (including caregiver support programs and respite services) by the nurse care coordinator;
  • Establish new clinical outcome indicators by analyzing results ofexisting data from patients who previously received treatment in the PD clinic.

University of Pennsylvania, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research

  • Funding supplies to investigate hypothesis that a-synuclein autoantibodies (AAbs) to 𝛼-syn toxicity through interactions in the peripheral nervous system, mark the start of Parkinson’s.

Movement Programs:

  • 954 Movement Collective
  • Dance for PD in Abington, Bryn Mawr, Center City and West Chester
  • Penn School of Nursing Yoga
  • Rock Steady Boxing – Manayunk
  • Yoga Therapy by Theresa Conroy

Why do we do it?

Our mission is to provide financial support to local nonprofits and institutions dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease , their families, and care-partners. Compassionate dedication is the core value we live by. And our vision is to “touch the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease every day.”  It is also our mantra.