Community Connections

A person’s health is ultimately driven by the individual and his or her community, while decisions made at the federal, state, and county level affect the health care system. 

HealthPath has launched the 2021 round of Community Connections. We are accepting letters of intent until 12:00 pm EST, November 13, 2020. HealthPath has chosen to support community residents as they identify the changes they want to see and work to reach their goals. We will be awarding one-year grants to organizations working to achieve Oral Health, Healthy Ohioans, and Age-Friendly Communities. 

2021 Applicant Information & Updates:

Important Dates:

OCT. 9, 2020
Community Connections requests for LOI released 


NOV. 13, 2020

Letters of Intent (LOI) due 


DEC. 21, 2020
Notifications to applicants, whether they are Invited to submit full proposal or denied 


JAN. 22, 2021, at NOON Full proposals due


APR. 2, 2021
The Foundation announces which proposals funded 

APR. 19, 2021
Grant period begins, and funds disbursed


MAY 19, 2022
Final Reports due (Information will be sent in April 2022) 

Building on Community Strengths

Improving health takes a combination of system- and community-designed solutions. Too often, however, the focus is on system improvements rather than supporting and encouraging the individual and community to take charge of their own health. Since 2012, The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio’s Community Connections initiative has helped lay the groundwork for helping bring community partners together to improve health. Changes in health and healthy behaviors rely on solutions built upon the strengths and needs of the people living in the community.


Community-Driven Review Process

HealthPath uses volunteer proposal readers to review full proposals, provide context about the communities in which the applicants work, and make recommendations for funding. We will provide a training webinar to walk readers through the proposal and how to evaluate them. The readers will also meet in-person to discuss proposals and provide feedback to HealthPath staff, who will summarize the recommendations to present to our board. Using the community feedback, the HealthPath Board of Directors will make the final decision on which proposals are funded.

Have Questions?

For more information about HealthPath's Community Connections, contact Tara Behanan at 513-768-6139.

Who Can Apply?

  • Health & social service care providers

  • Neighborhood clubs or groups

  • Social & civic organizations

  • Youth groups

  • School groups

  • 4-H clubs

  • Scout troops

  • Senior centers

  • Faith-based organizations

  • Colleges or universities

  • School districts

  • Other organizations 

The Foundation will consider grant requests from government or quasi government agencies that demonstrate a strong relationship with the community. We are also splitting our service area into quadrants, and communities within two quadrants will be eligible to apply. If you are located outside a designated area but serve in it, you are eligible to apply during that quadrant’s year. However, you will have to make a strong case for how you serve and are a part of that community in your proposal.


Community Connections Service Areas:

What Will We Fund?

We are interested in community-driven projects that address our result areas. Proposed projects should respond to the needs of the community, and fall within one of the following strategies:

Oral Health (Across the lifespan)

Ohioans have access to oral health education and services. Oral health is essential to general health and well-being at every stage of life.

Healthy Ohioans

Ohioans have access to the resources they need to be healthy, including access to care and healthy food.

  • Health promotion programs that encourage families and community residents to talk about and engage in healthy behaviors

  • Programs to bring fresh, healthy foods to food deserts

Age-Friendly Communities

Older adults live and participate in communities to their fullest potential, free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

  • Multi-generational initiatives that support older adults living in the community

  • Community awareness campaigns that increase the visibility of older adults

  • Programs to create a more age-friendly community within any result area

  • Programs that teach parents about how to talk with their children about health

  • Programs that provide youth with hands-on, problem-based learning around health and health issues