Addressing delicate health issues especially when children are involved requires a gentle, caring, non-threatening approach. Grady Memorial Hospital's Kids on the Block program uses puppets to educate children about bullying, physical abuse and sexual abuse.
Junior Holcomb made repeated trips to Hardin Memorial Hospital's intensive care unit for his congestive heart failure. Then Hardin's Congestive Heart Failure Clinic opened and life got easier for Mr. Holcomb. Volunteer Roberta Flinn was there to help.
Seven-year-old Alexis McMillan has been participating in OhioHealth Hospice's "Stepping Stones" grief support program for children since her mother passed away two years ago. The program exists thanks to a fund set up by Ann and Tom DiMarco through the Columbus Foundation.
Dr. Timothy Garner, a family practice physician at Marion General, was asked to make a presentation on diabetes and glucose control, cholesterol and hypertension. Dr. Garner's response surprised many people. Instead of agreeing to do one presentation, he volunteered to do three.
OhioHealth Neighborhood Care Centers in Whitehall and Grove City provide rent-free space to The Breathing Association. Through this partnership, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) caseworkers are available on site to help local residents.
The OhioHealth Research & Innovation Institute's Latina Breast Cancer Project uses educational classes and a Spanish-language hotline to link Latina women in central Ohio to community resources for breast cancer screenings and treatment.
Local community leaders organized Ohio's African-American Male Wellness Walk in response to concerns about health risks facing African-American men and the reluctance of many to seek preventive care. Community partners like OhioHealth help it succeed.