Center for Healthy Communities marks 25th anniversary

Vital Signs » Winter 2015
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For 25 years, the Center for Healthy Communities has been working in partnership with the Greater Dayton region to improve the health of the community. To recognize and honor its community and academic partnerships and programs, the center has planned a yearlong celebration.

“We want to thank the community and our partners,” said Katherine Cauley, Ph.D., director of the center and professor of community health, “for working with us for 25 years to meet the mission of improving the health and well-being of the community, educating its health professionals, and serving as a force for change.”

The center began as a partnership among local higher education institutions and community-based health and social service agencies in 1991, with fiscal support from the Kellogg Foundation, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Department of Health, Community Mutual Insurance Company, Wright State University, and Sinclair Community College. The founding academic partners from Wright State University included the Boonshoft School of Medicine, College of Liberal Arts, College of Nursing and Health, and School of Professional Psychology; and from Sinclair Community College included the Division of Life and Health Sciences. Founding community partners included Dayton Public Schools, Public Health Dayton, Our Common Heritage, Parity Inc., Good Samaritan Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital, City of Dayton, faith-based organization, and social services organizations. All of these partner organizations and many more continue to work with the center through multiple initiatives.

Through the center, the Kinship Navigator Program supports grandparents and other caregivers linking them with needed resources to support their grandchildren who are in their full-time care. Community health workers provide an extension of the primary care team, meeting with patients in their homes and helping to ensure people get needed services and get to follow-up medical appointments. Additionally, the center facilitates coalitions that improve coordination of services across sectors.

The center supports health professions students by providing community-based clinical experiences and innovative models of care, interprofessional team training, and community research opportunities in quality and clinical outcomes. Additionally, the center provides quarterly continuing education programs for practicing health care professionals in the Greater Dayton area.

Beyond the local area, the center also develops, implements, and evaluates interprofessional, community- based health professions education curricula and enhanced primary care models at the state and regional level, and disseminates this work broadly at national and international professional meetings.

The center will mark its 25th anniversary at several events throughout the year,including:

  • Partners Luncheon—Wednesday, March 16, 2016
  • Staff Dinner and Reunion—Friday, June 3, 2016
  • Founders Dinner—Saturday, June 4, 2016

For more information, visit the CHC website.

Last edited on 02/17/2016.