Prevention of Family Violence
The funded projects that will increase access to health care, including primary, oral, specialty and behavioral health care.
Grantees will address barriers to health care, such as lack of insurance, lack of providers, language and cultural issues and transportation.
These grants are part of HPF-Ohio’s Community Connections initiative, which awarded 36 grants totaling over $262,180 to nonprofit organizations across the state of Ohio.
Organizations were each awarded regular grants of $5,000 and additional challenge grants of up to $2,500. These challenge grants will match money raised dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,500 total.
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.
“Immigrants and their children represent the majority of projected labor-force growth in the United States over the next four decades,” said Richey Piiparinen, director of The Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University and the report’s author. “By making investments in supportive services here in Ohio, particularly for our newest immigrants, we can expedite their ability to positively contribute to Ohio’s economy.”
While many of Ohio’s immigrants have achieved conventional markers of success, including rates of educational attainment 15.4 percentage points higher than native-born Ohioans (42.1 percent of Ohio’s immigrants hold a four-year degree or higher compared to 26.7 percent of native-born Ohioans), immigrants have higher poverty rates than the native-born population (18.7 percent to 14.4 percent). This reality is a function of the time it takes to acclimate to a new country and its customs, and can be lessened with improved access to three types of services:
Supporting immigrants creates benefits for native-born Ohioans. Immigrants are more likely to fill physically demanding and emotionally draining jobs in high-demand fields such as home health care, catapulting native-born Ohioans into more skilled labor. As Ohio’s population ages, immigrants will play an important role in filling jobs for the estimated 1.1 million personal and home health care providers needed in the United States by 2026.
Additional findings in the report include:
“Ohio’s immigrants drive cultural, economic, and social dynamism,” Piiparinen said. “By improving language, legal, and healthcare services, we can help immigrants contribute to Ohio’s economy and our communities more quickly. We must begin to imagine immigrant support services as a launchpad, not a safety net.”
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Our Pathway to a Brighter Future: Ohio’s New Americans is the result of a collaboration of funders coordinated through Philanthropy Ohio. It was funded through the generous support of The George Gund Foundation, The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, Needmor Fund, Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, Open Society Foundations and SC Ministry Foundation.
CINCINNATI, OHIO (January 30, 2017) — The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio is now accepting letters of intent (LOI) for workforce development projects related to our three result areas: Cavity-Free Kids, Healthy Ohioans, and Safe Elders. From these letters of intent, HealthPath will invite selected organizations to submit full proposals. Grant awards may range from a minimum
of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000 with a grand total of $400,000 in 2017.
HealthPath has invested in health care workforce development for over five years through our Strengthening Ohio’s Safety Net focus area. This work was limited to the primary care and oral health care workforces. As a result of our 2016 strategic planning process, we have expanded the scope of our workforce development initiative and will be investing in workforce projects related to our results areas of Cavity-Free Kids, Healthy Ohioans, and Safe Elders. These projects can establish pipelines of future workers or enhance the skills and capacity of existing workers.
CINCINNATI, OHIO (February 2, 2018) — The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio is now accepting letters of intent (LOI) for direct service projects related to our three result areas: Cavity-Free Kids, Healthy Ohioans, and Safe Elders. After reviewing the LOI, HealthPath will invite selected organizations to submit full proposals. A total of $400,000 is available, grant awards may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000.
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