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Center for Healthy Communities



Community Picnic and Dance ExtravaganzaThe 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 more than 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 hosted 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

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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

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Center for Healthy Communities
Cox Media Group
Levin Family Foundation
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Sinclair Community College
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

Dayton Children's Office

Dayton Children's Hospital
One Children's Plaza
Dayton, OH 45404

Opportunity Center Office

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


Seminar to focus on mental health needs of seniors

“Elder Care: Mental Health Needs with Seniors” will be held June 13 at the Madison Lakes Learning and Conference Center.
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Seminar to focus on community needs for seniors

The “Elder Care: Addressing the Community Needs for our Seniors" seminar will be held March 28.
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Seminar to address elder care

The Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities HealthLink and the Ohio Statewide Area Health Education Centers Region IV will sponsor “Elder Care: A Coordinated Team Approach to Improve Outcomes" on Dec. 9.
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Last edited on 05/02/2017.