2018 Public Health Recognition – Jewish Family Services of Delaware

At the 88th Annual Meeting of the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association the work of Jewish Family Services of Delaware was accepted by their CEO, Basha Silverman.

Started by the Delaware Academy of Medicine in 2010, the Public Health Recognition Award is given to a Delaware nonprofit organization who has shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the improvement of our community.

Previous awardees include:

  • 2010 The Heart Truth Delaware
  • 2011 Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition
  • 2012 Immunization Coalition of Delaware
  • 2013 St. Michael’s School and Nursery
  • 2014 Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 83, Gold Star Program
  • 2015 Gift of Life Donor Program
  • 2016 Hon. Jack Markell – Governor of Delaware 2009-2017
  • 2017 American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic

Jewish Family Services of Delaware (JFS) is multi-faceted social service organization that embraces and fulfills a mission to strengthen individuals, families, and the community by providing counseling and support services. Our services include outpatient therapy, case management, workforce development, refugee resettlement, adoption, and prevention education. Our work has been accomplished person-by person, need by need and always with compassion, skill and commitment to individual integrity.

As a result, our agency today is strong and stable. Our programs and policies are designed to remove barriers that may inhibit people in vulnerable situations from accessing needed support. We are all responsible for one another. Inspired by this fundamental Jewish value, Jewish Family Services assists individuals and families through life transitions, helping youth and children grow stronger, and ensuring the safety and dignity of older adults. JFS supports families of all backgrounds as they deal with basic human needs, life transitions, and mental health issues. JFS has the unique privilege of representing the tzedakah (justice), compassion, and loving kindness of the Jewish people to the broader community. Many JFS clients are not Jewish, but all of them learn what it means to be Jewish: the beauty of our traditions and our commitment to tikkun olam, building a better world.

Basha Silverman, Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Services of Delaware, has an exemplary career of over 16 years in non-profit social services and Jewish communal service.

Prior to joining JFS, Basha was the Vice President of Strategic Expansion at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Philadelphia where she was responsible for driving the Agency’s program development and visions for growth as well as generating revenue by leading a robust initiative. A native Delawarean, Basha has deep personal and professional connections in the First State. She spent 12 years at Brandywine Counseling and Community Services, serving in many capacities. She is founder of Delaware’s first coalition aimed at designing a gender specific, health focused response to victims of trauma, and has developed programs for HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and mental health in Delaware and Pennsylvania. She was named 2013 Power Woman of the Year by Main Line Magazine.

Basha is a graduate of Brandywine High School, University of Delaware, and Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She and her husband Jesse have two daughters, Noa and Mira.

2018 Lewis B. Flinn President’s Award – Nicholas Petrelli, MD, FACS

At the 88th Annual Meeting of the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association, Dr. Nicholas Petrelli was honored with the Academy’s highest award named in honor of Lewis B. Flinn, first president of the Academy of Medicine.

Over the past 18 years, Dr. Petrelli has been a nationally recognized leader in the fight against cancer and developed the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute into a national model of cancer care, prevention, outreach and research.

Thanks to Dr. Petrelli’s leadership and partnerships with others in the state and elsewhere, Delaware’s cancer mortality rate is now dropping twice as fast as the national rate. The state is outpacing the nation in reducing deaths from a number of cancers, including breast cancer and colorectal cancer. The State has gone from number one in cancer mortality to number 18. Among his many accomplishments:

• Established the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute as one of the first cancer centers in the nation selected for the National Cancer Institute Community Centers Program that helped to shape the way cancer care is delivered across the country.

• Through an unprecedented public-private partnership, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute was integral in making sure all people in Delaware receive care for cancer no matter their income level or health insurance status.

• Led the development of 14 multidisciplinary disease site centers and selection as one of three community cancer centers to participate in the Cancer Genome Atlas Project.

•Achieved one of the highest National Cancer Institute clinical trials participation rates in the country at 24 percent, well above the national rate of 4 percent.

• Developed the first statewide High Risk Family Cancer Registry, consisting of 7,000 families with more than 250,000 individuals and the recruitment of seven full-time genetic counselors.

• Established an historic research partnership with The Wistar Institute of Philadelphia, the first time an NCI-designated basic science center has aligned with an independent academic community cancer center on translational cancer research with the aim of bringing the latest discoveries in cancer research to cancer patients in our community.

• Established the Center for Translational Cancer Research, 7,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space where scientists and clinicians work together to find new cancer treatments.

• Established the Gene Editing Institute, a worldwide leader in gene editing and biomedical research in cancer and other inherited diseases, and the only one in the U.S. embedded in a clinical center where interactions among oncologists, genetic counselors and patients take place.

Dr. Petrelli has received numerous awards and has authored 343 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He has served on several advisory panels of the National Cancer Institute, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Cancer Society and the Society of Surgical Oncology. He was President of the Society of Surgical Oncology 2007-2008. In 2013, he received the Order of the First State Award by Governor Jack Markell for his dedication to excellence in serving the community and the State of Delaware.

Previous recipients include:

2008 Victor F. Battaglia, Sr., Esq.
2009 Robert W. Frelick, M.D.
2010 Leslie W. Whitney, M.D.
2011 Robert B. Flinn, M.D.
2012 Edwin L. Granite, D.M.D.
2013 Katherine L. Esterly, M.D.
2014 LTG(DE) William H. Duncan, M.D.
2015 Joseph A. Kuhn, M.D.
2016 J. Kent Riegel, Esq.
2017 Hon. Susan C. Del Pesco