ODH awards more than $6 million to address community causes

OHIO – The director of the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff announced that 26 organizations across the state would receive $6.89 million.

Funds go to projects that address unhealthy conditions in the community and improve life in the Ohio Health Improvement Zones.


what you need to know

  • More than $6 million will be awarded to 26 Ohio organizations
  • The funding aims to address the local conditions
  • Selected organizations will either establish or expand initiatives to build local capacity to remove barriers to health
  • The funding aims to address community concerns that go beyond access to health care and health education

The Ohio Health Improvement Zones are neighborhoods where socioeconomic and demographic factors are affecting the resilience of individuals and communities.

Selected organizations will either establish or expand initiatives to build local capacity to remove barriers to health.

“As part of our commitment to ensuring every Ohioan has the opportunity to achieve their optimal health, the Ohio Department of Health is focused on raising the voice of communities across the state that continually experience health disparities,” Vanderhoff said in a press release . “We want to learn from community members about their biggest barriers to health and empower them to design and implement the changes they want to see in their communities.”

According to the press release, community conditions affect residents’ health, sometimes resulting in poorer health outcomes and shorter lives. Public health funding has been limited to filling gaps in quality health care and health education.

Funding aims to address community concerns that go beyond access to health care and health education, focusing beyond the normal reach on healthy options and everyday conditions such as a community’s economic vitality and access to quality education, safe neighborhoods and quality living space.

“We don’t just fund initiatives based on abstract data,” said Jamie Carmichael, chief health opportunity advisor for ODH’s Health Opportunity Office. “We want to engage communities and engage them in developing solutions to the problems they consider most important. Community members are the experts on how best to improve the conditions that affect their health.”

The following 26 organizations were funded:

  • Department of Health of the Athens Region
  • City of Columbus, Mayor’s Office
  • Scioto County, Inc. Community Action Organization
  • Cuyahoga County Health Department
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Erie County Health Department
  • Famicos Foundation Inc. (Cuyahoga County)
  • Food Rescue USA (Franklin County)
  • Huron County Public Health
  • IKRON Corporation (Hamilton County)
  • Licking County Health Department
  • Marion Public Health
  • Mercy Health St. Ritas Medical Center (Allen County)
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness, Franklin County
  • Nehemiah Foundation of Springfield-Clark County
  • Perry County Health Department
  • ProMedica Health Systems (Lucas County)
  • Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Franklin County)
  • Southwest Ohio Security Council (Butler County)
  • Summit County Combined General Health District.
  • The Breathing Association (Franklin County)
  • Northwest Ohio Hospital Council (Lucas County)
  • The MetroHealth System (Cuyahoga County)
  • United Way Greater Cleveland
  • City of Youngstown Health District
  • Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department

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