The Foundation for Delaware County announces it is launching a Delaware County Public Health Fund to help the county set up and operate a public health department.
Delaware County Council has asked the foundation to establish the fund to augment government funding for a planned health department, scheduled to be open by January 2022,
The Delaware County Public Health Fund will be used to educate residents about the new department and what it means for the community. The Public Health Fund will also support pilot programs and cover costs that won’t be picked up through tax dollars.
Delaware County is one of the largest counties in the country and the only county in Philadelphia’s 5-county region without its own public health department.
Delaware County has missed out on public health funding from the state for decades.
It has received limited services from the state’s Department of Health.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Delaware County had to turn to neighboring Chester County to provide coordination and services, slowing down the response to the virus.
“We were honored to be asked to assist the county with this critical public/private partnership,” said foundation President Frances Sheehan. “We were pleased to participate in the selection of the five distinguished individuals appointed to the newly created Board of Health.
“We look forward to seeing County Council bring a talented new Executive Director for the Health Department this summer and stand ready to assist as needed.”
Find out more and make donations to the Delaware County Public Health Fund online.
About the Foundation for Delaware County
A public charity founded in 2016, The Foundation for Delaware County is the largest philanthropy serving Delaware County.
The foundation encourages philanthropy by providing giving opportunities like donor-advised funds, gift annuities, and estate planning advice to individuals who want to have an impact in Delaware County and beyond,