Community Grant Program
Deaconess Foundation, through its grant programs, supports critical community health needs by investing in neighborhood-based care and services. The following vignettes and video highlight programs of particular interest in three areas: enhancing access, encouraging wellness and prevention, and in awarding scholarship grants.
By making basic care available to people without it, stress on other community health services and emergency departments is reduced, and overall healthcare costs are lowered. Deaconess significantly enhanced primary care services through Deaconess Health Check Clinics. The clinics provide screenings, physicals, first aid, and in some cases, dental and behavioral health services to at-risk populations who otherwise would not receive them.
Current Locations of Deaconess Health Checks:
•Walnut Hills & Dater High School Campuses
•Fairfield City School System
•Homeless to Homes Collaborative Shelters: City Gospel; Barron Center for Men; Hatton Center for Women
•Talbert House: Walnut Hills and Glenway
•Children's Home of Cincinnati
•Children's Home of Northern Kentucky
•Center for Addiction Treatment
•Center for Respite Care
Deaconess' alignment with regional healthcare priorities meaningful collaboration with other community initiatives to realize a common vision. These include noteworthy finanical and leadership and leadership contributions to:
•Greenlight Cincinnati Fund - Helps transform the lives of children, youth and families in high-poverty urban areas by creating a local infrastructure and annual process to identify critical needs; import innovative programs that can have a significant measurable impact; and galvanize local support to help programs reach and sustain impact in the city.
•Health Care Access Now - As the region's primary non-profit care coordinator, HCAN works to reduce emergency department use and improve prenatal and chronic disease education and care.
•Interact for Health - Deaconess collaborates with Interact for Health to offer scholarships to nursing and allied health professional students in the Greater Cincinnati area. Through 2017, the Deaconess Foundation has awarded over $275,000 to students pursuing careers and advanced degrees in the nursing and allied health disciplines - strengthening the area's resources for health professional talent and carrying on Deaconess' 100 year tradition for supporting the educational aspirations of nursing students. https://www.interactforchange.org/online-scholarship-application
Encouraging Wellness and Prevention
Prevention, wellness and disease management have moved into the forefront of health over the past decade as research continues to show the significant benefits of lifestyle changes on health. Such improvements, including increased physical activity, can lead to health benefits in those with chronic disease, prevent or manage a number of noncommunicable diseases, and lead to an increased quality of life. Deaconess encourages and supports this philosophy by granting funds that enable several recognized community organizations to sponsor programs that promote healthy lifestyles and give people the tools to be successful. Examples include:
• YMCA of Greater Cincinnati – Diabetes Prevention Program
• Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati – “Fit for Life” Program
In addition, Deaconess independently manages and supports Heimlich Heroes, a powerful, interactive training program that teaches youth to recognize the potential causes and signs of choking, as well as how and when to respond with the Heimlich Maneuver. Through 2016, over 50,000 school kids, scouts, youth club members and others have received Heimlich Heroestraining presented in communities across 49 states. For more information on this life saving program click here: https://heimlichheroes.com/