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The Center for Healthy Communities is a community-academic partnership committed to improving the health and well-being of the community, educating its health professionals and serving as a force for change.

Kinship_F_F_20140823_0391b-4.pngFor 25 years, the Center for Healthy Communities has been working in the Greater Dayton area to improve the health of the community. To recognize and honor our sustained community and academic partnerships and programs, we are hosting a number of 25th Anniversary events in 2015-16. Check out the 25th Anniversary tab on this page for  more information.

What's New?

Partnerships and Coalitions

Community Health Advocate Programs and Services

For more information about our referral and support services, call the Community Health Advocate Line: (937) 775-8245.

Health Professions Education

Health Services Research

  • MEDTAPP Healthcare Access Initiative: Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce to Care for an Aging Ohio:  Focus on Older Adults
  • MEDTAPP Healthcare Access Initiative: Community Health Workers First

25th Anniversary

Welcome from the Director

Katherine CauleyWelcome to the Center for Healthy Communities. We are excited to be celebrating our 25th year of service in partnership with the community this year. Throughout this time the Center has held true to its mission of being a community-academic partnership committed to improving the health of the community, enhancing health professions education and serving as a force for change. Our work has brought us into partnership with a multitude of health and social services organizations and community leaders throughout the Miami Valley and across the state. We have been fortunate to bring external resources to the Greater Dayton area through state and federal grants and contracts that help us to build on local success and expand existing resources both in health care delivery and health professions education.

2015CHCPicnic.pngCurrently, the Center assists grandparents and other kin raising children through its Kinship Navigator Program, which is supported through Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services. Additionally, with funding from the Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program and Sinclair Community College, the Center is piloting the use of community health workers (CHW) to improve the quality of care in outpatient clinics, and working with Sinclair to provide a certificate training program for CHWs in our area. With support from the Ohio Area Health Education Centers, the Center coordinates community based clinical training for medical students, and looking forward, the Center will be engaged in health services research through interdisciplinary primary care teams.

Dance Lessons During this 25th Anniversary Celebration Year, the Center will be hosting three main events to recognize and honor our collaborators and partners. The kickoff event was the Community Picnic and Dance Extravaganza in fall 2015, followed by the Partners Luncheon in March and the Founder’s Dinner in June of 2016. Please check “What’s New” on our home page for details about each of these events.

We are proud of the work of the first 25 years and look forward to continued opportunities to improve the health of community and educate future health professionals as we move into the next 25 years.

Katherine Cauley, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Healthy Communities
Professor, Department of Community Health, Boonshoft School of Medicine

25th Anniversary Events

Center for Healthy Communities Founders


Center for Healthy Communities 25th Anniversary Celebration Event Sponsors

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
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Center for Healthy Communities

Cox Media Group

Levin Family Foundation

Sinclair Community College
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Wright State University
Boonshoft School of Medicine

Wright State University
College of Liberal Arts

Wright State University-Miami Valley
College of Nursing and Health

Wright State University
Office of the President
Wright State University
School of Professional Psychology

Research Park Office

3123 Research Blvd., Suite 200
Dayton, OH 45420

Opportunity Center Office

907 W. Fifth St., 4th Floor
Dayton, OH 45402


Seminar to address domestic sex trafficking

“Protecting Our Community: Understanding Domestic Sex Trafficking" will be held June 14 at the Madison Lakes Learning and Conference Center in Dayton.
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Wright State’s Ellis Institute to host Community Health Fair May 19

The health fair will provide free health screenings and information about various health service agencies.
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Seminar to focus on barriers to learning

“Understanding Barriers to Learning” will take place on Tuesday, March 8, at the Madison Lakes Learning and Conference Center.
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Last edited on 05/02/2016.