A person’s health is ultimately driven by the individual and his or her community, while decisions made at the federal, state, and county level affect the health care system.
Building on Community Strengths
Improving health takes a combination of system- and community-designed solutions. Too often, however, the focus is on system improvements rather than supporting and encouraging the individual and community to take charge of their own health.
Since 2012, The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio’s Community Connections initiative has helped lay the groundwork for helping bring community partners together to improve health. Changes in health and healthy behaviors rely on solutions built upon the strengths and needs of the people living in the community.
HealthPath has chosen to support community residents as they identify the changes they want to see and work to reach their goals. We will be awarding 2-year grants of up to $7,500 ($4,500 in year 1, $3,000 in year 2) to communities working to achieve Cavity-Free Kids, Healthy Ohioans, and Safe Elders.
What Community-Driven Means to HealthPath
Community-driven projects are those that are designed and developed with direct resident input. It means you have developed relationships with the people in your community, have asked them about the problems, and have developed a solution in partnership with them. Community-driven projects build upon the strengths of the community to make changes from within.
Community-Driven Review Process
HealthPath uses volunteer proposal readers to review full
proposals, provide context about the communities in which the applicants work, and make recommendations for funding. We will provide a training webinar to walk readers through the proposal and how to evaluate them.
The readers will also meet in-person to discuss proposals and provide feedback to HealthPath staff, who will summarize the recommendations to present to our board. Using the community feedback, the HealthPath Board of Directors will make the final decision on which proposals are funded. Find out how to be a Community Connections volunteer proposal reviewer.
Because our service area varies widely, HealthPath will ask applicants to define the “community” they will serve. This could be a few blocks, neighborhood, village or town, single school building’s population, parish or other faith community, or another group of people connected by geography, membership, or commonality. We are interested in local projects that address the needs of people living in a small area, not county-wide or multi-county projects.
Download this sheet to find out more about our work in Building On Community Strengths [PDF].