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HealthPath Invests $390,000 in Workforce Development Projects

The HealthPath Foundation recently approved $390,000 in grants to 8 organizations for projects related to workforce development. Projects represent work in all three result areas, and focus on developing a health care workforce pipeline or increasing skills of the existing workforce.

The HealthPath Foundation recently approved $390,000 in grants to 8 organizations for projects related to workforce development. Projects represent work in all three result areas, and focus on developing a health care workforce pipeline or increasing skills of the existing workforce.

The grantees are:

  • Asian Community Alliance received a $60,000 grant to develop a non-medical home care training program that provides cultural competency training for existing home care workers, and trains immigrant and refugee adults as home care workers for older adults.
  • Community Mercy Foundation received a $35,000 grant to use existing touch-points within the continuum of maternal, newborn, and child health care to educate parents on the importance of oral health and to ensure that children are established in a pediatric dental home by their first birthday.
  • Family Medicine Education Consortium received a $65,000 grant to develop three hubs to support the Health Profession Affinity Communities (HPACs) and the Ohio Alliance. The hubs will be located at Wright State University and Dayton Children’s Hospital, The University of Cincinnati and the UC Medical Center, and Marietta College and the Marietta Memorial Health System. Each hub will serve surrounding communities.
  • Highland County Community Action Organization, Inc., received a $60,000 grant to support Highland County residents pursuing Dental Assistant and STNA certificates, to train social service workers on how to recognize and report elder abuse and neglect, and to educate health care providers on how to understand and work with people experiencing generational poverty.
  • Mercy Health Youngstown received a $51,776 grant to enhance the training of dentists and other dental and health professionals to improve oral health care for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and embed such training and appropriate service protocols in the provision of dental educational programs and experiences.
  • Ohio Association of Community Health Centers received a $24,600 grant to plan a program to identify potential health professions students, introduce them to careers in community health centers, and mentor them to pathways in health careers.
  • Ohio State Legal Services Association (dba Ohio Poverty Law Center) received a $50,000 grant to leverage federal dollars to support job training programs in Montgomery County to establish the needed pipelines of future workers in the fields of healthcare, dental, and home care and support for aging Ohioans while enabling SNAP recipients to move out of poverty through targeted skills and jobs.
  • UHCAN Ohio received a $44,000 grant to increase diversity in the oral health care workforce by creating pathways and encouraging more young people from low-income and rural communities 


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