JFS Delaware Receives Public Health Recognition Award

WILMINGTON, DEL. (May 14, 2018) –  The Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association held their 88th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2018.

Jewish Family Services of Delaware received the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association’s Public Health Recognition Award for their multi-faceted social services.  The Academy/DPHA noted the work Jewish Family Services of Delaware does with case management, counseling, outpatient therapy, workforce development, prevention education, and refugee resettlement.  Refugee resettlement in particular led to Jewish Family Services’ nomination.

In response to receiving the award, Basha Silverman, CEO of Jewish Family Services of Delaware, said:

“We are especially humbled to be here tonight with all of you and honored to be accepting this esteemed award…We provide a network of support for families and individuals at times in their lives when they are vulnerable, regardless of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression. At JFS, we believe we are all responsible for one another and we are committed to strengthening the lives of our most underserved populations…JFS believes that everyone has the right to raise their families in safety and we are committed to helping them [refugees] set up a life and a home here in Delaware.”

The keynote speaker was Darshak Sanghavi of OptumLabs.  Mr. Sanghavi is an award-winning medical educator who has published dozens of scientific papers on medical issues around the world.  In addition, Mr. Sanghavi often speaks on NBC’s Today, in addition to writing for Slate, the New York Times, Boston Globe, and the Washington Post.

Dr. Nicholas J. Pettrelli, MD, FACS of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center won the Lewis B. Flinn President’s Award for his 17 years of service developing the cancer center into a national leader of cancer research and treatment.


About the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association:

Founded in 1930 as a resource for the medical and dental communities, the Academy became Delaware’s affiliate to the American Public Health Association in 2013. The Academy/DPHA is a service organization for the medical, dental, and public health communities to come together and focus their attention and resources on the shared vision of a healthy community here, and around the globe. The Academy/DPHA publishes the state’s only peer-reviewed journal focused on Delaware, and dedicated to the issues of public and population health.  The Delaware Journal of Public Health can be found at http://DJPH.delamed.org