Eric DeWald, Cheryl Jones, Cheryl Wheeler, and Mike Espel
Congratulations to our 2017 Community Connector Award winners Mike Espel of St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy, and Cheryl Wheeler and Cheryl Jones of Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. They were honored at the Community Connections Luncheon on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The Community Connectors received an individual recognition plaque and designated an operating support grant of $2,500 to the nonprofit organization of their choice.
Mike Espel has been connecting the under-served of Cincinnati to the pharmacy services they need to meet their health goals for over 40 years. As a former pharmacist for the Cincinnati Health Department, Mike was selected to become the founding pharmacy director of St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy in 2006. In this role, Mike opened a second location to increase medication access to neighboring communities.
From procuring donated medications and grant funding to managing staff and volunteers, Mike dedicates himself to ensure the pharmacy operations run smoothly. He invests time motivating patients to achieve their health goals and truly believes anyone can make a change to better themselves.
Cheryl Wheeler and Cheryl Jones collectively boast almost 60 years of dedicated service to Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. Wheeler works as director of Children and Senior Services and Jones is the senior manager of Youth and Senior Services.
Wheeler is a former consultant and coach for the National Easter Seals Senior and Adult Day Services Network, as well as a member of the National Easter Seals Outcomes Task Force. She is a trainer for Centers Serving Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled and Older Adults as well as for Matter of Balance, an evidence-based program on falls prevention. Wheeler is past president of the Ohio Association of Adult Day Services and is a current member of the American Society on Aging, the National Council on Aging, and the National Adult Day Services Association. She also serves on the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter Board of Directors.
Jones is the former manager of Outreach Services with the Community Action Agency in Cincinnati. She volunteered with the Head Start Program, assisting grandparents who were raising their grandchildren. At Lutheran Social Services, she worked with single parents and grandparents and children to facilitate and provide oversight for family advocacy, education, and community engagement. Jones works with the Miami Valley chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and will be a panelist for its 2017 Dimensions of Dementia.
CINCINNATI (October 7, 2014) – The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (HPF-Ohio) awarded its 2014 Community Connector Award to Kathy King, Guardian ad Litem and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Manager for ProKids in Cincinnati. The award was presented at the Foundation’s annual Community Connections Luncheon on October 3.
(CINCINNATI, February 16, 2017) — The Community Connector Award recognizes an individual or pair of individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts to give all Ohioans the opportunity to achieve their fullest health potential.
In 2012, The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio launched our Community Connections initiative to engage more organizations and people within our service area through grants, community programs, and volunteer opportunities. In this spirit of connecting communities to the resources they need to be healthier, HealthPath has created the Community Connector Award.
Eligibility for the Community Connector Award
Nominees for the Community Connector Award must:
HealthPath Board members, staff, grantees, and community members may nominate a person or team of up to two people for the Community Connector Award. Nominations will be accepted online. The deadline is Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
The nomination will ask for:
HealthPath will create a selection panel to review the nominations and select the award winner. The winner will be notified on April 14, 2017.
The Community Connectors will be honored at the Community Connections Luncheon on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The Community Connector(s) will receive an individual recognition plaque and will designate an operating support grant of $2,500 to the nonprofit organization of their choice. The nonprofit must work in one of HealthPath’s result areas and predominantly serve at least one of HealthPath’s 36 counties.
For more information please contact Christine Mulvin at 513-768-6117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit our website.
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The event is free to attend. Please RSVP by May 3 by clicking here.
Please join us as we announce HealthPath's 2017 Community Connections grantees and the 2017 Community Connector Award winner.
At the luncheon, you will hear from Keynote Speaker TaKeysha Sheppard Cheney. She serves at the director of Community Engagement for Molina Healthcare of Ohio, a subsidiary of a FORTUNE 500, multi-state health care organization that arranges for the delivery of health care services to individuals and families who receive their care through Medicaid, Medicare and other government-funded programs. As director, Cheney oversees strategic community partnerships and sponsorships that ultimately contribute to enrollment growth and the engagement of current members.
Following the luncheon, meet colleagues and learn more about who is working in the issue areas and counties you are interested in during a brief networking session.
Breakout Sessions - 1:45-3:25 p.m.
You won't want to miss participating in three concurrent, small group sessions. Designed to help grantees and future applicants with their community engagement, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about:
For more information, visit our Community Connections page.
CINCINNATI (September 17, 2015) — The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, a supporting organization of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, is seeking an Executive Director.
The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (HPFO) is a $22 million supporting organization of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. A grantmaking organization dedicated to improving the health of underserved Ohioans, HPFO has historically awarded prevention-focused grants to nonprofits and government organizations within its 36-county service area.
HPFO focuses on vital, yet often neglected, health issues – family violence prevention, oral health, and strengthening the healthcare safety net to ensure that all Ohioans have access to primary health and dental care. Change is promoted through direct services, capacity building for nonprofits and policy work at the state and local level.
HPFO encourages collaboration among Ohio’s many stakeholders, including other funders, government agencies, policymakers, the Ohio Department of Health, and other groups, to address unmet healthcare needs.
The Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing the operations of the HealthPath Foundation of Ohio. The Executive Director coordinates and supports the HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (HPFO) Board in strategic planning, design and implementation and evaluation of HPFO initiative including grantmaking, capacity building, and policy advocacy.
The Executive Director serves as the primary contact for nonprofits, state agencies, other funders, partners and stakeholders and as such the position is highly visible in HPFO’s service area. The Executive Director is expected to develop and maintain a knowledge base of current trends, activities and changes related to health care needs for underserved Ohioans within HPFO’s service area, particularly in the areas of preventive oral health care and family violence prevention.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field, at least 7-10 years of senior leadership, some portion in the nonprofit sector required. A desire to work in and with nonprofit sector is essential. Grantmaking experience is highly desirable. Strong interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills, analytic and problem solving skills. Proven ability to work as a team player with diverse groups of people. Excellent planning, organizational, time and multi-task management skills. Financial analysis skills highly desirable. Computer literate; experience working with data bases strongly preferred. Must be able to travel.
Two ways to apply:
Deadline for receiving resumes is October 20, 2015.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is committed to attracting and retaining the best talent and providing an outstanding working environment for all of its employees. We pride ourselves on creating an enjoyable work environment. We value our employees and show appreciation for their hard work in many ways. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
CINCINNATI (March 3, 2017) — The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio announces the appointment of Beth Kowalczyk, of Columbus, OH and Dr. Vinod Miriyala, of Cabell WV, to the organization’s Board of Trustees.
Chief Policy Officer for the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (o4a). Engaged in public policy and advocacy on behalf of older Ohioans and the Area Agencies on Aging. Attorney licensed in the state of Ohio.
I fully support HealthPath's mission and, in particular, its targeted focus on safe elders. It doesn't take much to make a difference, and I know of many HealthPath grantees that have made good use of the funds they were awarded!
Its diversity - big cities, small towns, farmland, rolling hills, the arts, and some of the best restaurants! It's also great place to raise a family.
Dr. Vinod Miriyala
Public Health, Dentist, Certified Pediatric Dentist, Health care advisor,
Grants reviewer, Grant writer, Author, Reviewer.
The mission of the foundation and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the citizens the foundation serves.
The Ohio State University, people, culture and diversity of Ohio.
Kowalczyk and Miriyala joins eight other board members, including: Dr. Molly Katz, Dr. Wayne Blackburn Wheeler, Dr. Alvin Jackson, Helen Jones-Kelley, Nolan Kamerer, and Eugene Roberts King.
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