HealthSource of Ohio Receives The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio’s Community Connections Awards

HealthSource of Ohio Receives The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio’s Community Connections Awards

The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (HealthPath) recently awarded $184,000 in grants to 23 organizations dedicated to improving community health across Ohio. The grants are part of HealthPath’s Community Connections initiative and offer the grant recipients general operating support of over one year.

“Our Community Connections initiative helps lay the groundwork for bringing community partners together to improve the health of all Ohioans,” said Eric DeWald, president of HealthPath. “Changes in health and healthy behaviors rely on solutions built upon the strengths and needs of the people living in the community. We are proud to partner with these exemplary nonprofit organizations to help all Ohioans reach their fullest health potential.”

“The 2021 Community Connections initiative focuses on organizations that have strong community engagement strategies and achieve one of HealthPath’s results areas of Oral Health to ensure Ohioans at every stage of life have access to oral health education and services; Healthy Ohioans to ensure residents have access to the services they need to be healthy, including access to care and healthy food; and Age-Friendly Communities to ensure that older adults live and participate in communities to their fullest potential, free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.”

The award received by HealthSource of Ohio will focus on creating Healthy Ohioans by increasing access and addressing barriers to diabetes education. Funding will be utilized for the benefit of diabetic patients who currently are unable to participate in HSO’s group diabetes education due to financial hardship. The grant will be used to assist patients with the cost of diabetes education, transportation to appointments and group meetings and healthy food options.

In response to the need for diabetic care in our underserved population, HSO has worked for and achieved national accreditation for our Intensive Diabetes Self-Management Education Program (IDSMEP). The IDSMEP is a comprehensive program designed to empower patients to better manage their diabetes to minimize or avoid complications of diabetes. The program is managed by a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. The program assists patients with setting behavioral goals to make lifestyle changes that they can sustain long term.

The IDSMEP receives referrals from all clinicians in our HSO Family Practice locations. The program offers customized programmatic options based on the need of the patient and recommendation of the clinician. Upon completion of our first year of accreditation, HSO reported improvement in defined patient diabetes health measures.

For the purposes of this funding, HSO would require eligible patients to complete and submit a brief scholarship application indicating how they would benefit by managing their diabetes and their readiness to make changes to better manage their health. Our hope is that no person goes without care or education due to limited financial resources. The Healthy Ohioans Grant would benefit the project’s target population that want to engage in diabetes education and improve their health outcomes.

Since the Community Connections program began in 2012, HealthPath has awarded over $1.9 million through 241 grants to organizations throughout Ohio. For more information regarding The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio and to view their original article, please visit: https://www.healthpathohio.org/post/2021-community-connections-grants.