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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.

For 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. Please see “What’s New?” for celebration event details!

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

From the Director

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.

Currently, 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.

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 is the Community Picnic and Dance Extravaganza this fall, 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

Center for Healthy Communities Founders

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Dayton, OH 45420

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Dayton, OH 45402


Cristina Redko honored with 2015 International Education Award

Cristina Redko, director of the global health concentration in the Master of Public Health Program at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, has won the university’s 2015 International Education Award.
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Boonshoft School of Medicine seminar to focus on barriers to learning

The Dec. 8 seminar will provide professionals with information about individual and environmental factors that affect learning in children and adults in the Miami Valley.
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Community health worker links patients with services

Michelle Nelson, a community health worker at Wright State Physicians Family Medicine, helps patients daily by connecting them to additional health and social services available in the community.
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Last edited on 11/24/2015.