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Ten Grants to Strengthen Ohio’s Health Care Safety Nets

The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio has awarded nine Strengthening Ohio’s Safety Net (SOSNet) Grants, totaling more than $1.4 million. These grants are designed to improve health care access for underserved populations within HPF-Ohio’s 36-county service area, with a primary focus on rural areas.
CINCINNATI (February 25, 2014) – The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (HPF-Ohio) has awarded nine Strengthening Ohio’s Safety Net (SOSNet) Grants, totaling more than $1.4 million. These grants are designed to improve health care access for underserved populations within HPF-Ohio’s 36-county service area, with a primary focus on rural areas. They will  enhance the distribution and diversity of the healthcare workforce, including primary care doctors, dentists and advanced nurse practitioners.

The following organizations received grants totaling $362,500 to launch the Lutheran Ohio Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program at dental clinics located in Cincinnati, Findlay and Lima, Ohio.

To develop or implement innovative programs to increase the number of underrepresented students entering health profession training programs, SOSNet community-based training grants totaling $556,929 were awarded to the following organizations:

Humility of Mary Health Partners – planning grant to develop a rural training track for dental residents in Columbiana and Carroll counties.
Northeast Ohio Medical University – support to launch the Health Professions Affinity Community program in high schools located in Monroe, Noble and Washington counties.
University of Cincinnati – planning grant support for pipeline programs in the Colleges of Nursing and Medicine.
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine - planning grant support to develop a rural health training track for medical students.

Youngstown State University – support to launch the Health Professions Affinity Community program in high schools located in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
In addition, HPF-Ohio awarded a grant in the amount of $500,000 to Ohio’s Finance Fund to establish the Community Health Loan Fund. The fund provides flexible financing for eligible health and wellness-related projects serving low-income communities.
 
The Finance Fund recognized the HPF-Ohio in 2013 with the inaugural Visionary Funder Award. The award was created to recognize a funder for their significant support of a Finance Fund program that brings meaningful change to underserved communities. Other funders contributing to the CHLF include The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Interact for Health, PNC Bank and the Ohio Development Services Agency.


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