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$6.89 million to address community situations affecting health

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The Ohio Department of Health and its Office of Health Opportunities announced $6.89 million in donations to 26 organizations.

ODH said this will help fund projects designed to address communities that impact health and improve the lives of residents in Ohio’s Health Improvement Zones.

These zones are regions that deal with socioeconomic and demographic factors that affect individual and community resilience.

According to ODH, the funded organizations will work to build local capacity to help remove barriers to health in some Ohio communities at risk of ill health. We plan to establish or expand our activities.

“As part of our commitment to ensuring that all Ohioans have the opportunity to achieve optimal health, the Ohio Department of Health is focused on raising the voices of communities across the state who continue to experience health disparities. ,” said ODH Director Bruce Vanderhoff. “We want to hear from community members about their biggest barriers to health, and we want to empower them to develop and implement the changes they want to see in their communities.”

Ohioans suffer from poor health and short lifespans because of conditions in the communities in which they live. According to ODH, public health funding is largely limited to addressing the gap between quality care and health education.

Beyond just access to health care and health education, the project aims to address community situations and explore options for making positive health decisions and systems that shape the conditions of everyday life. Including.

These systems include community economic vitality, quality education, safe neighborhoods and access to quality housing.

According to ODH, the funded project will aim at community-led sustainable community improvements that create a model for scalable and lasting change in the lives of people with health barriers.

“We don’t just fund abstract data-driven initiatives,” said Jamie Carmichael, Chief Health Opportunities Advisor for ODH’s Office of Health Opportunities. “We want to engage the community and participate in developing solutions to the problems they feel are most important. I’m an expert on how.”

ODH said of the 26 funded organizations:

  • Athens Municipal Health Office
  • Columbus Mayor’s Office
  • Community Action Organization of Scioto County, Inc.
  • Cuyahoga County Health Board
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Erie County Health Department
  • Famicos Foundation Inc., Cuyahoga County
  • Food Rescue US, Franklin County
  • Huron County Public Health
  • IKRON Corporation, Hamilton County
  • Licking County Health Department
  • Marion Public Health
  • Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center, Allen County
  • Franklin County, National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Nehemiah Foundation of Springfield-Clark County
  • Perry County Health Department
  • ProMedica Health System, Lucas County
  • Franklin County Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Institute
  • Butler County Southwest Ohio Safety Council
  • Summit County Multiple Comprehensive Health District
  • Respiratory Society, Franklin County
  • Lucas County Northwest Ohio Hospital Council
  • Cuyahoga County Metro Health System
  • United Way Greater Cleveland
  • Youngstown City Health District
  • Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department

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