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The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio is a grantmaking organization dedicated to improving the health of underserved Ohioans. Learn how organizations are making a difference in the areas of family violence prevention, preventive oral health and strengthening our health safety net.

Leipsic Community Center Hosts 5K & 4 Courses for Kids

Leipsic Community Center Hosts 5K & 4 Courses for Kids

The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio invests in the Leipsic Community Center's 5K & 4 Courses program for underprivileged youth to live a healthier lifestyle. CINCINNATI (November 1, 2018) - Imagine waking up early each morning and going to work all day, only to come home to an empty house with no food for dinner. Now imagine living that way as a child going to school. According to local business owners and members of the community, most of the youth in Leipsic, Ohio, hang out on the streets after school or go home to an empty house while their parents/guardians are at work. Many families can’t afford after-school programs, like sports teams or music lessons, leaving them no choice but to allow their children to stay at home alone. Seeing a need in the community, the Leipsic Community Center developed the 5K & 4 Courses program to address the need for a local, health-oriented, productive after-school program that is free for underprivileged youth in the Leipsic community.  ​The lives of 14 Leipsic youth, in grades 6-12, were changed when they had the opportunity ...

Emerging Health Leader Scholarship 2019

Emerging Health Leader Scholarship 2019

CINCINNATI (February 19, 2019) — The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio is pleased to announce the inaugural Emerging Health Leader Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to high school seniors living within the Foundation’s 36-county service area who are involved in a Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) or health professions club. The Emerging Leader Scholarship was created to student engagement in pressing community health concerns and health careers. In 2019, HealthPath will award two (2) scholarships of $1,500 each to high school seniors who have made strong progress in addressing local community health concerns through their HPAC or health professions club project and who hold aspirations to become a health care professional in the future. The scholarship may be used for any post-secondary, health-related degree or certificate program leading to a career in primary, dental, behavioral, specialty, or other health care. The scholarship may be renewed by each recipient for up to four years provided they meet renewal requirements. To be eligible, students must: Be a high school senior, graduating in spring 2019 Currently attend a high ...

Grantee Spotlight - Preventing Domestic Violence During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Grantee Spotlight - Preventing Domestic Violence During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  Above: OH-MAN encourages workshop participants, as well as the public, to take a pledge against domestic violence. A.J. Green, football player for the Cincinnati Bengals, took the pledge at a recent event.  “The three most destructive words that every man receives when he’s a boy is when he’s told to ‘be a man,’” said Coach and former NFL Player Joe Ehrmann in the documentary The Mask You Live In.    According to the documentary, when boys are growing up, they often learn in order to be respected – to be a man – there also needs to be violence.  October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for all communities to learn about domestic violence and to do ...

Crossroads Crisis Center Supports Teens In Teenage Dating Violence Storytelling Project

Crossroads Crisis Center Supports Teens In Teenage Dating Violence Storytelling Project

Sydney was 14-years-old when she started dating her boyfriend. She was a freshman in high school and had fallen in love with her best friend. They did everything together and confided in one another. Sydney thought things were perfect between them until she realized he was actually controlling every aspect of her life. It was a mental and emotional abuse that encompassed Sydney, disabling everything in her to the point where she felt like she couldn’t leave or end their relationship.     Crisis Center has a special focus on teenage dating violence. A recent initiative was a gameshow-style discussion where teenagers answered questions and engaged in discussion on various scenarios. Unfortunately, this was not Sydney’s first experience with ...

Grantee Spotlight: Children’s Oral Health Action Team

Grantee Spotlight: Children’s Oral Health Action Team

The Link Between Oral Health and Ohio’s Children A northwest Ohio mother of two walked to the front of a crowded room at a recent Voices for Ohio’s Children’s Kids Talk presentation and courageously shared her family’s story on how they improved their overall health through access to dental coverage. She described how obtaining access to oral health services had improved her and her husband’s overall health, employment prospects, and self-esteem.  The mother also described how it had improved her children’s oral health because they were seeing the dentist on a regular basis. And, she shared how her family’s outlook on life had improved and how grateful they were to have access to such resources.  As this mother shared her family’s powerful story, the impact was clear on the faces of the policy makers in the room as they recognized the importance of children’s oral health as a priority issue for the Ohio General Assembly. In Ohio, dental care is the number-one unmet health care need for children. In fact, 51% of Ohio third graders have experienced tooth decay and 340,000 Ohio ...

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