Fostering Healthy Communities – a collaboration among Mercy Health, ProMedica and the University of Toledo Medical Center – awarded funding to four projects that advance strategies and/or goals in the 2021-2024 Lucas County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). All projects serve Lucas County residents and address at least one strategy or goal in at least one CHIP priority area: community conditions, mental health & addiction, maternal & infant health, and chronic disease.
These four proposals were selected to receive funding:
- The CityPark League Resource Group Inc., which launched a 10-week youth beautification and neighborhoods clean up project in 2016 to provide youth ages 5 to 15 with paid work-readiness habits, skills and experiences. The project will promote mental wellness and physical fitness, as well as money management and other skills.
- The University Church, which will make mental health first aid training available to all members of the Rogers High School community. While the project focuses on Rogers High School’s approximately 650 students, it will provide proof of concept for adoption for mental health first aid training throughout Toledo Public Schools high schools.
- The Expectant and Parenting Student Program at Toledo Public Schools, which provides an environment within students’ home schools to complete their education with supportive programming and staff. The funding will allow the program to strengthen and expand services, such as providing doula certification for health staff.
- The YWCA Of Northwest Ohio’s Racial Justice Department, which provides programming to increase awareness of systemic racism, institutional racism and individual bias. Funding will be used to maintain and increase capacity of lunch & learn webinars, anti-racism training and other programs related to achieving health equity.