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The Community Health Funders’ Collaborative Announces 2012 Healthy Community Award Winners

Contact: Lisa S. Courtice 614/251-4000 x 143, lcourtice@columbusfoundation.org

Awards recognize local organizations that create healthy living environments through access to physical activity and healthy foods

Columbus, OH (October  11, 2012)—The Community Health Funders’ Collaborative today recognized Catholic Social Services, Children’s Hunger Alliance, and the YMCA of Central Ohio, as winners of the 2012 Healthy Community Awards. The recipients were announced at the Healthy Community Forum held in Davis Hall at The Columbus Foundation. The awardees each received a $20,000 grant from the Collaborative for their efforts to improve the health and wellness of central Ohioans.

2012 Award Winners

• Catholic Social Services was recognized for its strategic and longstanding efforts to help meet the needs of central Ohio residents, particularly the growing Hispanic community, through its Our Lady of Guadalupe Center. Through its emergency food assistance; health screenings; information on nutrition, housing, legal aid and finances; and guidance in acquiring basic needs, Catholic Social Services and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center are leaders in community health improvement efforts.

• Children’s Hunger Alliance was recognized for its work to inspire central Ohio residents to eat healthier and to become more physically active as part its mission to break the cycle of childhood hunger. Through its youth meal programs, nutrition education and physical activity programs, and its partnerships with schools and community-based agencies, Children’s Hunger Alliance is a leader in community health improvement efforts.

• YMCA of Central Ohio was selected as a result of the organization’s success in helping central Ohio residents become more physically active and eat healthier. Through its many sports and recreation programs, afterschool programs, family health and wellness programs, and adult health management and wellness programs, the YMCA of Central Ohio is a leader in community health improvement efforts.

The 2012 Healthy Community Forum keynote speaker was Allison F. Bauer, program director at The Boston Foundation. Ms. Bauer joined the Boston Foundation in January 2007 and leads the foundation’s health strategy, focused on encouraging healthy behaviors and increasing access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity.

The Community Health Funders’ Collaborative is a philanthropic partnership created to sustain and improve the health and quality of life in central Ohio through focused initiatives and leveraged funding. The collaborative is composed of private, community and corporate funders, including the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, The Columbus Foundation, United Way of Central Ohio, and Columbus Medical Association Foundation.


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