Leslie Lieberman, MSW, directs the Multiplying Connections Initiative. Leslie has more than 20 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating award-winning health care programs for children and families. Her work includes creating a multi-level program for childhood injury prevention, directing the "Born Free Project" in Contra Costa County, California, one of the nation's first perinatal substance abuse intervention program which integrated substance abuse services with routine prenatal care, and building and leading Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Early Start Program, a nationally recognized model of care for pregnant women at risk of substance abuse. Leslie has presented at numerous national conferences, provided training and published on topics ranging from building effective coalitions to integrating behavioral health and primary care. Leslie has a masters degree in social welfare planning from the University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Carleton College. She is delighted with her current opportunity to apply her passion and expertise for moving programs from vision to reality through collaboration and coordination to the Multiplying Connections initiative.
Multiplying Connections is under the auspices of the Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) www.healthfederation.org, a non-profit corporation founded in 1983. For over 20 years, HFP has successfully developed and implemented collaborative programs aimed at improving the health and well-being of children and families.
The mission of the Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) is to improve access to and quality of health care services, particularly primary care, for underserved and vulnerable individuals and families. The Health Federation carries out its mission through activities that enhance effective service delivery, strengthen communities and support or coordinate the work of federally qualified health centers and other related organizations dedicated to a similar or complementary mission.