Our Story

Our Story

Why Jefferson?

It’s a bold move for an academic medical center to take the lead in bringing together multiple stakeholders to achieve health equity—but this effort is also quintessentially Jefferson. Our longstanding commitment to providing equitable care for every Philadelphian is unrivaled, and no organization is better positioned to succeed, with the right support.

Our growing and expanding health network of 14 hospitals, as well as our multiple community outreach programs, provides us with hospitals and partnerships closest to the most disadvantaged residents, and as stewards of the entire health ecosystem, we have an unparalleled track record for putting people first.

P-CHE will continue what Jefferson has started

Our foundational assets—which include a Center for Cancer Disparities, Center for Refugee Health, Center for Urban Health, the Jefferson Latina Women’s Clinic, Institute of Emerging Health Professions—have provided coordinated resources to drive public health programming addressing the many needs of our residents in our community. We have demonstrated the ability to launch and execute major initiatives that touch our surrounding communities, and the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity will build upon Jefferson’s extensive legacy and experience in serving those in greatest need.

A Catalyzing Investment

The Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity was launched thanks to the philanthropic contributions of benefactors to the 2017 Jefferson Gala and a lead contribution from the Lindy Family.

We are especially grateful to the Lindy Family for their foresight and generosity. Their seed funding of $1,000,000, given in honor of Drs. Zell and Emily Kravinsky, provided crucial infrastructure for P-CHE and established a community catalyst fund that will work directly with target communities to identify needs and advance initiatives at community-serving organizations that address these needs.

To learn more about the Lindy Family, please visit: https://www.lindyproperty.com/lindy-philanthropy/


Jack Ludmir, MD, Executive Director, P-CHE

Jack-LudmirJack Ludmir, MD, is the Executive Vice President for Equity, Associate Provost for Community Engagement, Enterprise Director for the Women and Children’s Service Line, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University. He is also the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity. In this role, Jack is charged with developing the strategic plan and implementation as well as oversight of operations of the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity.

Dr. Ludmir has a long legacy of helping the underserved in Philadelphia as the co-founder of Puentes de Salud, Latina Community Health Services and the newly formed Jefferson Latina Clinic, which offers free and low-cost healthcare and social services to the uninsured Philadelphia immigrant population. Formerly, he was President of Women and Children’s Health Services which is currently named the Ludmir Center for Women’s Health in South Philadelphia.

Together, we can create a healthier Philadelphia