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HealthPath Invests in the Southwest Ohio Region

The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio awards grants for healthy lifestyle and aging initiatives to Dayton and Cincinnati area agencies.




Foundation Invests $125,057 in Projects for Southwest Ohio Region


CINCINNATI (May 24, 2018) - The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (HealthPath) recently awarded $125,057 in
grants to 18 organizations dedicated to improving community health in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas.
The grants are part of HealthPath’s Community Connections initiative, which awarded 22 grants this
year totaling more than $155,057 to Ohio nonprofit organizations. The grants will be used over a twoyear

“We recognize that changes in health and healthy behaviors depend on solutions built upon the
strengths and needs of the individuals living in the community,” said Eric DeWald, president of
HealthPath. “The Community Connections initiative was designed to do just that, and we are proud to
partner with exemplary nonprofit organizations to help all Ohioans reach their fullest health potential.”

The 2018 grantees serving the southwest Ohio region include:

Serving Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties:

  • Jewish Family Service of The Cincinnati Area ($7,500 grant): Tablets & Technology removes
    barriers for Holocaust survivors to connect with loved ones and the community. The grant will
    provide individualized training in how to use tablet technology to improve survivors’ quality of
    life, independence, health, and safety.

Serving Clark County:

  • Episcopal Retirement Services ($7,465 grant): The grant will introduce Project Activate®, a
    comprehensive, award-winning physical activity initiative designed to reframe aging attitudes
    and inspire action around physical activity to enhance health, independence and well-being.

  • Springfield Museum of Art ($7,500 grant): "In the Moment: Art Unlocks Creativity" engages
    older adults with dementia to provide opportunities for and to encourage social engagement
    through art exploration and art making.

Serving Clinton County:

  • Episcopal Retirement Services ($7,427 grant): The positive therapeutic environment of a
    community greenhouse will enable residents to connect and recharge, particularly during
    inclement weather, to enhance social relationships and overall physical and mental health.

  • HealthSource of Ohio ($7,500 grant): The grant will be used to offer nutrition, education,
    cooking demonstrations, community resources and access to fresh and healthy food choices for
    low-income families.

Serving Greene County:

  • National Society to Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate ($6,115 grant): The grant will deliver Play
    It Safe With Your Eyes (PISWYE), a STEM-based lesson plan to prepare preschool teachers to
    educate their students about how to keep their eyes healthy and safe for a lifetime.

Serving Hamilton County:

  • Cincinnati Museum Center ($6,000 grant): Provides oral health education for low-income
    Cincinnati Public Schools’ students in grades K-4 through the "Inside the Grin" exhibit in the
    Duke Energy Children's Museum.

  • Episcopal Retirement Services ($7,465 grant): The grant will introduce Project Activate® to
    reframe aging attitudes and inspire action around physical activity to enhance health,
    independence and well-being.

  • Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati ($7,500 grant): Children ages 18 months to
    five years attending the Robert and Adele Schiff Early Learning Center in Lower Price Hill will
    receive speech-language screenings, assessments and therapy for condition-related language
    and learning barriers.

  • Hispanics Avanzando Hispanics ($7,000 grant): The grant will provide services for Price Hill
    Champions, a community-designed and led after school program for 4th through 8th grade
    youth at Roberts Academy. The program focuses on holistic wellness, including nutrition,
    exercise, self-esteem and making positive choices.

  • James W. Miller Memorial Fund ($7,500 grant): Designed to educate area high school students,
    of all demographic and socioeconomic statuses, on the signs, symptoms, action steps and
    resources for mental illness and crisis intervention.

  • National Society to Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate ($5,585 grant): The grant delivers Play It
    Safe With Your Eyes (PISWYE), a STEM-based lesson plan to prepare preschool teachers to
    educate their students about how to keep their eyes healthy and safe for a lifetime.

  • Shiloh Little Footprints Learning Center ($7,500 grant): The grant will introduce Avondale
    community families about the early stage of development by providing ongoing literacy,
    expanding their knowledge, and building their awareness about healthy eating toward physical,
    emotional and social development.

  • St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy ($7,500 grant): In a partnership with Mercy Health-
    Queen City Emergency Department and St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy, the uninsured
    of the Western Hills community will be able to access free prescription medications following a
    health emergency.

  • Talbert House ($7,500 grant): Two adjacent neighborhoods will coordinate and disseminate a
    safety message using identified seniors as safety champions to seek input and provide feedback
    to senior groups and engage community organizations serving their community.

  • University of Cincinnati Foundation ($7,500 grant): UC Blue Ash Dental Hygiene Clinic will
    provide transportation and preventive oral healthcare at no cost to communities utilizing St.
    Vincent de Paul pantry and Good Samaritan Free Health Center.

Serving Scioto County:

  • American Red Cross, Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region ($7,500 grant): Through direct services,
    advocacy and education, the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign will help save lives,
    reduce injuries and support families impacted by disasters, such as home fires, in Scioto County

Serving Warren County:

  • Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties ($3,000 grant): In partnership
    with the City of Franklin Fire Department, the grant will be used to produce and provide a
    resource booklet offering treatment and recovery resources for opiate and heroin addiction to

Since the Community Connections program began in 2012, HealthPath has awarded more than$1.45 million through 176 grants to organizations throughout Ohio.

For more information or for a full list of 2018 grantees, visit

About The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio
The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (HealthPath) is committed to helping all Ohioans, regardless of status, wealth or circumstances, achieve their fullest health potential. HealthPath works within a 36-county region to achieve the results of Cavity-Free Kids, Healthy Ohioans and Safe Elders. Since 1999, HealthPath has invested more than $18 million in community projects that address health issues faced by Ohioans. For more information, visit

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