Creating a Healthier Ohio
All Ohioans, regardless of status, wealth, or circumstances, should have the opportunity to achieve their fullest health potential.
Since 2010, The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio’s Strengthening Ohio’s Safety Net initiative has helped lay the groundwork for enhancing access to health care in our 36-county service area. Because access to care is only a part of achieving overall good health, HealthPath has chosen to focus on creating a healthier Ohio.
There are several health conditions that can be prevented and managed with timely and effective care, thus increasing quality of life and avoiding early death. These include heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and some cancers, among others.
Nearly 11,000 Ohioans ages 74 and younger die every year from these preventable conditions, one of the highest rates in the country. Although the U.S. health care system is slowly moving to a more proactive, preventive care system where people are encouraged to go for regular checkups and focus on early intervention and healthy lifestyles, there’s still work to be done.
To ensure that Ohioans have access to the resources they need to be healthy, The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio has selected Healthy Ohioans as one of our result areas for 2017–2021.
What Influences Health?
Access to care, diet, and exercise play a role in preventing and managing many health conditions, but access to care is often seen as the largest factor. Other factors that influence good health can include:
cultural and language barriers to accessing care
health care workforce is not evenly distributed around the state
lack of transportation
inability to miss work/school for appointments
healthy lifestyle choices in diet and exercise
What HealthPath Will Fund?
To help Ohioans access the resources they need to be healthy, HealthPath will offer funding through three initiatives: Workforce Development, Direct Service, and Community Connections.