About HFP

Our Mission and Role

The mission of the Health Federation of Philadelphia is to improve access to and quality of health and human services for underserved and vulnerable populations.

The Health Federation of Philadelphia serves as a keystone supporting a network of Community Health Centers as well as the broader base of public and private-sector organizations that deliver health and human services to vulnerable populations. We take a collaborative approach to promoting health by:

  • Improving access to and quality of health care.
  • Identifying, testing and implementing solutions to health disparities.
  • Providing training and technical assistance to help other organizations operate more efficiently and effectively.
Our Work

Stemming from our founding in 1983 as a membership organization of Federally Qualified Community Health Centers, we continue to partner with our members to improve the quality and accessibility of primary health care, including behavioral support, for vulnerable populations in Southeastern Pennsylvania. We support the functioning of our members with collective advocacy, professional development, individualized consultation, and shared learning.

Over time, we have developed solutions to health disparities by identifying and testing new approaches in collaboration with other health and human services organizations, including government health agencies. Our areas of expertise include community-oriented, integrated primary care; quality improvement; trauma-informed practice; infectious disease treatment and control; and early childhood development. Our efforts to improve community health and well-being have been supported by national philanthropic institutions like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and by government agencies like the Health Resources and Services Agency (HRSA) and the U.S. Department of Justice.

As our experience in community-based health care has grown, we have increasingly provided training and technical assistance that helps other organizations operate more effciently and effectively. We share our knowledge about best practices through customized consulting; we offer administrative and technological support; and we advocate for policies that support our partners’ work throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond.

Our Funding

Our work is funded in several ways:

  • grants and contracts from government entities and private foundations
  • member dues and payments for shared services
  • fees charged to organizational clients for specific services (e.g. training)

Our direct services to consumers are provided at no charge, because they are all grant-funded. However, in many cases, these services are restricted to specific groups defined by geography or other criteria.

If you are interested in learning more about funding for the Health Federation’s work or in contributing to the work we do, please email healthfederation@healthfederation.org.