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Parkview announces community partners

Posted: Friday, February 12, 2016

Parkview Huntington Hospital has announced the designation of its 2016 Community Health Improvement funds to a group of 13 Huntington County organizations. The grants awarded through the Community Health Improvement Program target specific areas of focus in conjunction with the hospital’s mission of improving the health and well-being of the community.

These community partners met criteria to receive funding through the grant process:

Blessings in a Backpack of Huntington County support underprivileged elementary school students who rely on the federal Free and Reduced Priced Meal Program. The program provides additional, nutritious food youngsters can take home for weekend meals. By alleviating hunger for these students, the program aims to help them improve their health and develop positive behaviors, as well as attend school consistently, improve their reading skills, and achieve better test scores.

The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County offers programs and services for numerous children each year in grades K-12. Funds directed toward this organization will assist the Healthy Lifestyles initiative, which helps boys and girls become more physically active, learn about good nutrition and develop self-esteem so they can make choices for a healthy lifestyle.

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana client advocates are provided for each patient who has cancer to assess the needs of the patient and his or her family. The grant will aid Huntington County’s Client Advocate program to help relieve the burden of cancer diagnosis and treatment by addressing a range of financial, practical and emotional needs.

Cancer Services of Huntington County will use grant monies to offset transportation costs for Huntington County residents who must travel to other Indiana locations for cancer treatment, as well as provide financial assistance with some prescription drugs.

Huntington County Council on Aging will utilize its grant funds to support community members who do not have transportation to and from healthcare appointments, through the Huntington Area Transportation program.

Huntington House Emergency Shelter provides short-term, immediate housing for homeless families, women and women with children. Funds will support a variety of services, including instruction on nutritious meal preparation, smoking cessation assistance and access to a fitness facility so shelter residents can create a healthier lifestyle as they seek employment and housing to become self-sufficient.

Huntington County Free Health Clinic provides medical and mental health care to county residents who meet federal low-income guidelines. Funds will support ongoing provision of a variety of services, including testing to identify and assist individuals who need help managing chronic health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and other conditions.

Love INC of Huntington County will provide healthy cooking classes to low-income families and individuals who regularly rely on the Community Pantry.

Pathfinder Services, Inc. will use the funding for expanded health and wellness programs at its Pathfinder Kids Kampus, including drop-off sick care for children so parents don’t have to miss work, education about tobacco’s health hazards, nutrition education for healthy choices, and more.

Huntington County Sheriff’s Department plans to complete its upgrade of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) kept in patrol cars for emergency use.

Huntington County Health & Wellness Coalition will continue to provide opportunities for youth and adults to practice good nutrition and pursue a healthy lifestyle with the assistance of the grant.

The Partners with Youth program of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will receive funding to offer membership scholarships to citizens who do not have the resources to pay membership fees, enabling them to better pursue health and wellness goals. In addition, funding will be provided in support of the YMCA’s capital campaign.

The “On Your Way Up” program and Teen Suicide Prevention program are both offered through the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County. “On Your Way Up” program funding will support incentives to encourage young parents to develop a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their children. Funding for the suicide prevention program concentrates on educating middle and high school students about warning signs and action steps to take if they or someone they know is contemplating suicide.

“We live and work in Huntington County, and we’re dedicated to doing all we can to make it a wonderful place for everyone to live,” said Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital. “Many caring people and organizations share our vision and are working for an improved quality of life for all area residents. We’re very pleased to collaborate with, and invest in the community through, these community partners in 2016. Congratulations to all of these funding recipients.”

The Community Health Improvement Program is funded by Parkview Huntington Hospital as a contribution from the hospital’s net income. The program has provided such grants to local nonprofits for more than 15 years.

Representatives of community partner groups receiving funding from Parkview Huntington Hospital’s Community Health Improvement Program in 2016 gathered for a photo recently. They are left to right, front row, Hollyn Anderson and Emily Johnson, Blessings in a Backpack of Huntington County; second row, from left are Jodie Clark, Pathfinder Kids Kampus; Ira Bencun, Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County; Holly Saunders, Huntington Area Transportation; Todd Latta, Parkview Huntington Family YMCA; Lisa Leist, Huntington County Health & Wellness Coalition; Officer Chad Hammel and Sheriff Terry Stoffel, Huntington County Sheriff’s Department; Ann Emily, Huntington County Free Health Clinic; and back row, from left include Darlene Stanley, member, Parkview Huntington Hospital board of directors; Allen Sims, Cancer Services of Huntington County; Rosella Stouder, Huntington House; Jenna Strick, Huntington County Health & Wellness Coalition; Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital; Mandy Reber, Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County; John Nelson, member, Parkview Huntington Hospital board of directors; Stephen Ward, Youth Services Bureau; Stacie Stumpf, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana; and Jenny Newton, member, Parkview Huntington Hospital board of directors.