When you join other community members in investing in United Way, your donation improves local lives and our entire community.  Our priority Health community issue is creating a healthy community.  Thanks to the work of local volunteers, the following Health Programs were selected to receive an overall investment of $409,384 from the $1,150,000 campaign for 2019:


American Red Cross East-Central Ohio Chapter

  • Blood Services $8,000

The Knox County Blood Services program collects, processes, and distributes blood and blood products. The program supplies all the hospital in Central Ohio, including Knox Community Hospital, with 100% of the blood they need to treat injured and ill patients. American Red Cross hosts 170 blood drives annually in Knox County with approximately 5,000 blood donors attending, including more than 400 first-time donors. The staff and volunteers greet each blood donor, register them for the drive, and conduct a mini-physical to ensure they are healthy enough to give blood. After their donation donors are encouraged to enjoy snacks and refreshments before leaving. Collected blood is transported and processed at our lab in Columbus then distributed back to local hospitals.

Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio, Inc.

  • School Intervention   $79,650

BHP’s School Intervention Program (SIP) assists students with emotional and/or behavioral concerns that can negatively affect their school performance and/or overall functioning. On-site school consultants provide behavioral health interventions that assist with the early identification of behavioral health issues so they can be addressed quickly and effectively. SIP staff also assist teachers and school staff by consulting on diagnoses and designing appropriate classroom interventions. SIP staff can also support parents in addressing youth’s issues. 

Hospice of North Central Ohio, Inc.

  • Grief Groups   $12,750

Grief Groups are specialized bereavement services that provide assistance in our community to those surviving sudden traumatic loss as well as death after an extended illness. Individuals of any agewho have had a loved one die can share their grief journey in a confidential setting with a skilled bereavement specialist. Children grieve differently than adults and are served by grief counseling and, when appropriate, collaboration with school personnel. Program funding also goes toward supporting Camp Hope, which occurs each summer for children experiencing loss. Camp is provided for childrenn and teens age 6 to 17 for a small cost with scholarship available.

Kno-Ho-Co Ashland Community Action Commission

  • Women's Reproductive Health Screenings $22,384

Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland CAC, Women's Reproductive Health program provides Comprehensive Reproductive Health Screenings to those who are without health coverage or underinsured. Women, who reside in Knox County and seek services, either through self-referral or provider referral by other health care professionals and/or social service providers will be provided appointments in less than 2 weeks. Clinical Pap/Breast Exams and Mammogram appointments will be provided.

Knox County Head Start, Inc.

  • Child and Family Health and Wellness Promotion   $35,800 

The Child & Family Wellness program promotes healthy development and learning by ensuring that pregnant moms and children birth to five receive health, dental and nutrition screenings, case management to support preventive care, and follow up treatment. All KCHS parents receive practical health and wellness strategies in support of improving child social-emotional development, child and adult health and encouraging healthy environments and choices. Direct service staff create positive environments in support of healthy development, with leadership from the school nurse & the health data specialist who provide health screenings, support families in accessing follow up, and coordinate health education and trainings.

  • Parents Support Initiative    $52,500

The Parent Support Initiative (PSI) is a county-wide initiative of the Resilience Team, a sub-committee of the Knox Health Planning Partnership, promoting prevention efforts to reduce mental health and substance abuse. The PSI is continuing existing parenting trainings, while developing a core group of providers across multiple agencies to provide Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) seminars, groups, and one-on-one counseling to over 500 parents and guardians annually. Year 2 will develop providers to support parents of teens, while continuing implementation of Triple P for parents of children 0-12. The "Stay Positive" campaign supports county-wide efforts.

Public Health Partnership of Knox County

  • FACES (Falls,Assessment, Community, EMS/Fire, Safety)   $10,000

FACES provides support to citizens of this county who have utilized local EMS services repeatedly or had multiple visits to a healthcare provider related to falls and/or respiratory distress. With a referral from a citizen, family member, healthcare provider or EMT, citizens can be linked to a public health nurse who will perform a home visit consisting of: an assessment of person/environment; assist with referrals; help with modification of accommodations; provide education on fall prevention/balance and strengthening programs. The goal is to decrease the number of calls received by EMS and/or healthcare providers, for these conditions, keep our citizens safely at home longer and functioning at the highest level possible.

  • Knox Out Tobacco Program    $25,000

Tobacco control and prevention is a top public health priority. Knox Out Tobacco Program makes tobacco cessation counseling and support services available for those in need. The use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) through nicotine patches, gum and lozenges doubles the chances of quitting successfully. Two ongoing, tobacco cessation counseling/support groups are held every week at KCH and KCHD. In addition Knox Out Tobacco offers cessation support for individuals (one-on-one), businesses and agencies as requested. New to 2019 will be a youth cessation program for teens wanting to quit tobacco held in the school.

  • Newborn Home Visiting Program   $16,000

Public Health Nurses provide home visits for newborns and their parents. During the visit the services provided include: Physical assessment, weight, education, postpartum depression screening, and make referrals as indicated. In 2017, there were approximately 428 births in Knox County. In spite of strong community collaboration and commitment to individual and community health and wellness, the Knox County infant mortality rate is above the state and national rate of 6.8 and 6.0. Normally when a baby and mother go home after the birth it could be many weeks before they see a medical provider for reassessment and question opportunities. It is that time when a home visit made by a public health nurse is invaluable. 

  • Oral Hygiene Preschool Education Program $8,300

The objective of the Oral Hygiene Education Program (OHEP) is to bring oral hygiene education to all preschools and kindergartens in the county. This program brings a dental hygienist into the classroom to teach three modules from the American Dental Association’s “Shining Smiles” program specifically aimed at children ages 3-7 years.

The Freedom Center

  • Program Care Management $60,000

This program provides case managers to coordinate services in the community to assist in facilitating needed resources to meet basic needs and promote health and wellness. The case managers assist in reducing barriers to attending treatment and assist in engaging individuals to be more successful in their treatment. The case manager providing services for adolescents works closely with parents/guardians to establish healthy home environments that foster recovery and resiliency. The new sober living activities program is also included.

  • Strengthening Families/Families in Recovery $29,000

Freedom Center's Strengthening Families (SF) program is designed to support adult family members and children of addicts (COA's) with a focus on navigating the challenging situations common in relationships between children of all ages and their addicted family members. Services target understanding family member's addiction, how to navigate maintaining a more healthy relationship and learning positive communication and coping skills. Program Objectives include: - Family members of addicts of all ages will better understand addiction and their role in recovery - Family members will better understand healthy boundaries and ways to provide self care - All participants will learn skills to find and utilize supports and manage relationship dynamics

YMCA of Mount Vernon

  • Community Wellness Program $50,000

The Community Wellness Program is comprised of three parts. The three parts include community events, a goal and wellness tracking component, and financial assistance. 
Community Events - are held held in partnership with KCH,
Goal and Progress Tracking - in which YMCA staff sits with members in order to set and track goals for ultimate success
Financial Assistance - allows the YMCA to not turn anyone away due to an inability to pay for programs or membership.
These items work together to make a cohesive program for the community.


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