COLUMBUS, OHIO (February 20, 2018) - The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) Health Value Dashboard is a tool to track Ohio’s progress towards health value — a composite measure of Ohio’s performance on population health outcomes and healthcare spending. The Dashboard examines Ohio’s performance relative to other states, tracks change over time and examines Ohio’s greatest health disparities and inequities.
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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.
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.
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.
“Our Free to be Healthy Diabetic Education Program was formed in 2012 after our team realized 24% of patients had been diagnosed with diabetes or metabolic syndrome,” said Ann Quillen, executive director, JCFSHC. “Diabetes is a huge health concern in Ohio, as the Central Ohio Diabetes Association estimates that more than 897,000 Ohioans have the disease.”
The grant from HealthPath helped provide initial health screenings for patients, including blood glucose testing, blood pressure reading, HBA1C, lipid and triglyceride profiles, weight and abdominal girth measurements, and a quality of life assessment. Nurses and doctors have also been able to provide patients with an interdisciplinary care plan to include medication therapy management, patient education, obesity treatment, meal planning, foot and eye care, and follow-up appointments.
As a result of the program, lives have been saved, chronic conditions have been cared for, physical health and patients’ well-being have been improved, and, in many cases, a sense of hope has been restored to the patients of JCFSHC.
(February 24, 2015) February is National Children’s Dental Health Month – a month dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of oral health.
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