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PHH announces 2015 community partners

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015

Parkview Huntington Hospital has announced the designation of its 2015 Community Health Improvement funds to several Huntington County organizations to provide resources to improve the health of the community. The grants awarded through the Community Health Improvement Program target specific areas of focus in conjunction with the hospital’s mission. These 11 local organizations met the criteria to receive funding through this grant process.

Blessings in a Backpack, Inc. supports underprivileged elementary school students who rely on the Federal Free and Reduced Priced Meal Program with weekend meals. The goal of the program is to increase school attendance, improve reading skills and help Huntington County students achieve better test scores, develop positive behavior and improve their health.

The 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 Program.

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, client advocates are provided for each patient with cancer to assess the needs of the patient and his or her family. The grant will aid the Huntington County’s Client Advocate program designed to address financial, practical and emotional needs.

Community & Family Services, Inc. received funding to benefit medical and mental health programs including the Huntington County Free Health Clinic. This organization aids individuals who seek short-term stays at the Huntington House Homeless Shelter.

Huntington County Council on Aging will utilize its grant funds to support community members who do not have transportation to health care appointments.

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department plans to upgrade its automated external defibrillators.

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

In partnering with the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, the Youth Financial Assistance Program will receive the funding to offer membership scholarships to under-privileged citizens who do not have the resources to pay membership fees.

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

The “On Your Way Up” program and teen suicide prevention program are both offered through the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County. Funding given to the “On Your Way Up” program will offer incentives to encourage young parents to develop a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their children. The suicide prevention program concentrates on educating middle and high school students about resources and action steps to take before attempting suicide.

“We are dedicated to make Huntington County a priority through outreach and support. Our contribution to these partnerships is our commitment to promote healthy living and strengthen our community relationships,” said Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital.

The Community Health Improvement Program funded by Parkview Huntington Hospital is a contribution from the hospital’s net income.

Shown in the photo, bottom row, left to right: Aidan Hosler, Adam Bonner, Derek Farley, all from Blessings in a Backpack. Second row left to right include Mandy Reber, executive director, Boys & Girls Club; Diana Shenefield, Huntington University; Jenna Strict, executive director, United Way of Huntington County; Erica Freise, Katelynn Farley, Dana Meyer, Alex Hosler, Kyler Town, all from Blessings in a Backpack. Third row, from left Carolyn Ray, Huntington House; Holly Saunders, Huntington Area Transportations; Stacey Stumpf, Cancer Services for Huntington County; Chris Newton, Huntington County Sheriff’s Department; Jan Williams, executive director, Youth Service Bureau; Tom Karst, Parkview Huntington Hospital board chairperson; Joey Spiegel, executive director, Love, Inc. and Rosemary Wagner, Huntington Free Health Clinic. Top row left to right: Todd Latta, Parkview YMCA; Megan Bobay, Health & Wellness Coalition; Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital; Ryan Warner, Parkview Huntington Hospital board member; Terry Stoffel, sheriff, Huntington County Sheriff’s Department; John Nelson, Parkview Huntington Hospital board member and Ed Freize, Blessings in a Backpack.