The foundation was created in 1986 and is the last remaining entity of the former Community Hospital. Its mission is to preserve reproductive services, promote health and wellness, and advocate for quality health care through grants and education, Rogers said.
With the merger of the hospitals, the Catholic-based Mercy Health organization couldn’t provide some reproductive services, such as sterilizations and tubal ligations, Rogers said. The foundation is able to provide the same service that was available prior to the hospital merger, she said.
“We wanted to continue to have those services here so that people didn’t have to go outside of our community,” Rogers said.
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A few years ago, the foundation increased its emphasis on supporting local organizations with similar missions, she said, such as healthy living; safety net services; reproductive, emotional and mental health; and substance abuse.
“The overall emphasis is to improve the overall health and wellness of our community,” Rogers said.
The Community Health Foundation’s board also committed $90,000 to improve the community’s oral health, Rogers said. The foundation is a member of the Oral Health Coalition, which will work to create access, education and policy changes.
United Senior Services received its first $10,000 grant this cycle to begin a pilot health program through a partnership with Community Mercy Occupational Health, USS Executive Director Maureen Fagans said. The program is a health and wellness passport program, allowing seniors to have fun while taking charge of their health with the resources necessary to do it, she said. It’s expected to begin at the end of the summer.
Without the foundation, the program wouldn’t have been possible, Fagans said. The seniors agency is dependent on federal funds to administer services, she said, which often have restrictions.
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“Organizations like the Community Health Foundation are critical to our local population because they know the issues and they know where the priorities are to improve upon our communities health,” she said. “They know the agencies and can make an informed decision when it comes to directing dollars.
The foundation also gave $7,000 to On-The-Rise, 4177 Dialton Road, a 15-year-old nonprofit designed to teach life and social skills to hundreds of at-risk youth, ages 10 to 19, on the farm.
The farm recently started a program for students ages 16 through 19, Director Deb McCollough said.
“Without someone like the foundation stepping in to help us, we wouldn’t be here,” she said. “We certainly appreciate everything they do for this community, not just us.”
The foundation’s partnership with the community is top-notch, said Health Educator Anita Biles of the Clark County Combined Health District. Its able to set goals and get resources to the right areas of need in the community, she said. The foundation also allows organizations to apply for mini-grants of $900 or less to get projects off the ground.
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“Sometimes people just need $500 to help them kick something off,” she said. “Those are ideal.”
The foundation will host an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 7 at its office located next to the Emergency Department of the downtown Springfield Regional Medical Center. For more information, call 937-523-7002 or 523-7007.
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By the Numbers
$180,000: Amount of money awarded to local organizations from the Community Health Foundation during the 2017-18 grant cycle.
$120,000: Amount of money CHF awarded during the 2015-16 grant cycle.
$67,000: Amount of money CHF awarded during the 2014-15 grant cycle.
Community Health Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Springfield, $10,000
Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio, $10,000
Children’s Rescue Center, $3,000
Clark County Combined Health District, $8,494
Community Mercy Med Assist, $5,000
Girls on the Run, $10,000
Good Shepherd Food Pantry, $6,000
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Springfield, $10,000
National Society to Prevent Blindness, $5,000
Oesterlen Services for Youth, $3,500
Ohio State University Extension, $2,900
On the Rise, $7,000
Planned Parenthood, $8,500
Pregnancy Resource Clinic of Clark County, $10,000
Project Woman, $7,500
Quest Adult Services, $3,500
Rocking Horse Community Health Center, $10,000
SIFI Ministry, Inc., $5,000
Springfield Christian Youth Ministries, $6,000
Springfield City School District, $3,900
Springfield Family YMCA, $4,500
Springfield Initiative, $5,000
Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority, $5,000
Springfield Peace Center, $5,000
United Senior Services, $10,000
United Way of Clark, Champaign & Madison Counties, $10,000