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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 ...

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 ...

Grantee Spotlight: Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center’s Healthy Diabetic Education Program

Grantee Spotlight: Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center’s Healthy Diabetic Education Program

Improving Health Care Access for Underserved Communities With the recent news of the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, access to quality healthcare is top of mind for many Ohioans. The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio supports organizations such as the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center (JCFSHC) that work to improve health care access for underserved populations.      Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center’s “Free to be Healthy” Diabetic Education Program provides patients an education on their illness and collaboratively makes a plan with them, helping them change unhealthy aspects of their lives.  ...

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