In September, Healthy Lucas County’s chronic disease prevention and management team completed a three-year, $2.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With the CDC’s Partnerships to Improve Community Health funding:
- The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department increased the number of smoke-free environments. Residents of 3,781 public, subsidized and market-rate housing units and more than 435,000 park visitors a year are protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
- The Eat Fresh, Live Well team from the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and Live Well Greater Toledo increased the number of healthy corner stores in Lucas County to 17. All stores carry fresh fruits and vegetables, and some also offer healthy snacks and beverages.
- The Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio’s Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB expanded to assist low-income residents with or at risk for chronic diseases. Fourteen community health workers employed by care coordination sites throughout the county have connected 378 residents to needed medical care and social services.
- Healthy Lucas County launched a website, newsletter, social media channels, mass media campaigns and other messaging that combined with media coverage has totaled more than 82 million media impressions.