PHH announces its Community Health Funding partners

Juli Johnson, Parkview Huntington Hospital president (third from left), congratulates representatives of local organizations for receiving Community Health Improvement funding for 2019. Joining her are (front row from left) Holly Saunders, Huntington County Council on Aging; Stacey Stumpf, Cancer Services of Allen County; Johnson; Nicole Fairchild, Harold W. McMillen Center for Health Education; Ashley Allen, Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County; and Logan Patterson, Love INC; and (second row from left) Ira Bencun, Youth Services Bureau; Hannah Smith and Autumn Anderson, Blessings in a Backpack; Mike Stetzel, Youth for Christ; Holly Tester and Sherry Eckert, Blessings in a Backpack; Roger Vezeau, Youth for Christ; Sharon Metzger, Place of Grace; Elizabeth Hire and Carrie Blackham, Pathfinder Kids Kampus; Kyle Metzger, Huntington County Health & Wellness Coalition; Todd Latta, Parkview Huntington Family YMCA; and Rosella Stouder, Huntington House.
Juli Johnson, Parkview Huntington Hospital president (third from left), congratulates representatives of local organizations for receiving Community Health Improvement funding for 2019. Joining her are (front row from left) Holly Saunders, Huntington County Council on Aging; Stacey Stumpf, Cancer Services of Allen County; Johnson; Nicole Fairchild, Harold W. McMillen Center for Health Education; Ashley Allen, Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County; and Logan Patterson, Love INC; and (second row from left) Ira Bencun, Youth Services Bureau; Hannah Smith and Autumn Anderson, Blessings in a Backpack; Mike Stetzel, Youth for Christ; Holly Tester and Sherry Eckert, Blessings in a Backpack; Roger Vezeau, Youth for Christ; Sharon Metzger, Place of Grace; Elizabeth Hire and Carrie Blackham, Pathfinder Kids Kampus; Kyle Metzger, Huntington County Health & Wellness Coalition; Todd Latta, Parkview Huntington Family YMCA; and Rosella Stouder, Huntington House. Photo provided.

For years, Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) has partnered with local nonprofits, schools, government and other groups in support of programs and initiatives that help equip individuals with life skills and resources for themselves so they, in turn, can contribute positively to the broader life of the community.

One of the forms that partnership takes is providing Community Health Improvement funding and PHH leaders have announced the recipients of 2019 grants in the hospital’s annual funding process.

Many of the funded programs continue PHH’s focus on reducing the negative effects of addiction through prevention. The two newest recipients, Youth for Christ, USA Inc. and the Harold W. McMillen Center for Health Education, will both provide programming to engage Huntington County children and teens with effective lessons about forming healthy habits early.

“We’re pleased to have these two organizations join the ranks of our funded partners,” stated Juli Johnson, PHH president. “Each has a proven track record in the region for reaching young people effectively and helping them become emotionally and physically healthier adults. And many of our returning partners continue to do a great job providing resources and services that help children, adults and families escape, recover from or avoid altogether the destructive influences of addiction and obesity, two public health issues that continue to need ongoing attention based on our most recent community needs assessment. Other partners provide fundamental services, such as housing or transportation.”

Recipients, and the program focus of each, include:

• Blessings in a Backpack of Huntington County – nutritious food for weekend meals for students who rely on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program.

• Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana – client advocacy to help address a range of financial, practical and emotional needs of cancer patients.

• Cancer Services of Huntington County – transportation cost offset for local residents who must travel out of county for cancer treatment, plus some prescription drug assistance.

• Harold W. McMillen Center for Health Education – substance abuse prevention and health education programming at various Huntington County schools, promoting the importance of sleep, exercise and healthy choices for students.

• Huntington County Council on Aging – financial support for Huntington Area Transportation program, which transports community members to and from healthcare appointments.

• Huntington County Health & Wellness Coalition – fitness classes, community gardening, financial planning and other opportunities for youth and adults to practice good nutrition and pursue healthier habits.

• Huntington House Emergency Shelter – short-term, immediate housing and associated support services for homeless families, women and women with children, as they seek employment and housing to become self-sufficient.

• Love In the Name of Christ of Huntington County – healthy cooking and life skills classes for low-income families who rely on the Community Pantry.
• Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County – programming and services to help kids in grades kindergarten through 12th develop healthy habits and self-esteem, and aspire to educational attainment and personal achievement.

• Parkview Huntington Family YMCA – membership fee support for citizens who do not have financial resources to pay.

• Pathfinder Services Inc. – support for health and wellness programming and nutrition education for children attending Pathfinder Kids Kampus.

• Place of Grace – supportive programming and housing for women transitioning from poverty, abuse, addiction and incarceration to healthier lives and independence.

• Youth for Christ, USA Inc. – adult and peer mentorship for local teens, and services to help foster positive support networks.

• Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County – incentives for young parents to make healthy lives for themselves and their children through the On Your Way Up program.

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

Community partners submit grant applications in the fall. Funding priorities are established based on periodic community needs assessments.

For more information on the grant process, contact Sonya Foraker, PHH finance manager, at 355-3340 or sonya.foraker@parkview.com.